Oh the irony, I just blogged about Hawaii’s fine restaurants being cited in “Food and Wine” magazine and today all I can think about is a burger. Let me clarify, as I really love good food and here in Hawaii we have so many amazing options – Pacific-Rim, authentic Chinese, Japanese and Regional Cuisine – but sometimes you just want a burger.

I often get asked by family and friends on the mainland, “so what do people eat in Hawaii?” And yes the 808-state does consume more rice, sushi, pork hash, SPAM and Asian inspired foods then people living in Nebraska. But we also eat all sorts of other stuff too like hamburgers! So imagine my glee when I learned that “The Shack” will be opening a new store in Waikiki.

“The Shack” is a fun neighborhood style sports bar and restaurant with four locations on Oahu – Mililani, Kailua, Hawaii Kai and now Waikiki and also one on Kauai in Kapa’a. While not everyone may know your name, these relaxed establishments are similar to “Cheers” in that they attract a wide range of local residents. The food is inexpensive, the service is good, informal and if you want bar food – this is the place. The Hawaii Kai store has great views of Koko Head and you can sit outside by the water.

The new location will be in the Waikiki Trade Center on Kuhio Avenue, where “Legends Seafood” currently stands. At 9,000 square feet, this will be the largest of the “shacks” and is slated to open this July. If I have offended any vegetarians or vegans, I am truly sorry. What can I say – sometimes you just want a burger. And yes, you can order that burger with pineapple on top.


  1. Another great place to eat although it’s not a burger joint is Romy’s up on the north shore of Oahu. Really fresh shrimp.

    I am trying to get around to all of the Top 20 Great American Burger and believe it or not “the Shack” is not on the list. Nor is “Cheeseburger in Paradise-Waikiki” is that place any good?

    Well good luck in your quest for the all elusive great burger. I’ll have to get out there to HI to try out “The Shack” and perhaps add it to the list. 🙂

  2. Make sure you don’t miss the famous Shack Burger. If you really want to hang out like the locals do make sure you stop by the Shack. This place is friendly and if you put yourself out there a little, you are almost sure to make a couple of friends. The best thing about the Shack is the staff.. when you go in tell the waitress that “Kirkey Lee” recommended it to you and your in baby!

    By the way…The Shack will open in July in Waikiki at the Waikiki Trade Center, make sure you set some time aside to stop in!

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