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The 5 most popular spots in Honolulu's Liliha-Kapalama neighborhood

Liliha Bakery | Photo: Adam C./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on August 15, 2019.

Looking to uncover all that Liliha-Kapalama has to offer? Get to know this Honolulu neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a landmark bakery to a sushi bar.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Liliha-Kapalama, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Helena's Hawaiian Food

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Topping the list is Helena's Hawaiian Food, located at 1240 N. School St. It's the most popular business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 2,676 reviews on Yelp. 

Established in 1946, this family-owned spot serves traditional Hawaiian food. On the menu, look for poi, Kalua pig and luau squid.

2. Liliha Bakery

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Next up is bakery and diner Liliha Bakery, which offers cupcakes and more, situated at 515 N. Kuakini St. With 4.5 stars out of 2,613 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

Since 1950, Liliha Bakery has been a landmark in the community. Offering cakes, cookies, breads and brunch specials, the business has developed a local fan base.

3. Shimazu Store

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Shimazu Store, a spot to score ice cream, frozen yogurt, desserts and shaved ice, is another top choice. Yelpers give the shop, located at 330 N. School St., 4.5 stars out of 861 reviews.

Stop by for old-fashioned shaved ice in a variety of flavors and specialty flavored popcorn.

4. Aloha Cones

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Aloha Cones, a sushi bar that offers salads and poke, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to. With 4.5 stars out of 375 Yelp reviews, head over to 1339 N. School St., Suite 103, to try it for yourself. 

Founded in 2013 with a mission to offer healthy gourmet street fare, this spot provides a unique spin on traditional favorites. The menu features sesame ahi poke, chirashi sushi and shrimp tempura.

5. Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet

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Finally, there's Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 227 reviews on Yelp. You can find the vegetarian, buffet and vegan spot at 51 Coelho Way.

Located in the Iskcon Hawaii Temple, the buffet menu changes each day of the week. The salads, homemade dressings and rice are prepared fresh daily. (See the menu here.)


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