The 10 Best Places for Pancakes in Hawaii!

Taste aloha when you slice into a fluffy pancake topped or grilled with flavors only found on the Hawaiian Islands. Whether you’re looking for the best place to taste a famous macadamia nut pancake, seeking all you can eat coconut griddle cakes, or simply looking for a short stack incorporating locally sourced ingredients, these are the spots to visit. Taste test your way through all of these favorites. 

1. Koko Head Café, Honolulu, HI

Koko Head Café takes the flavors in their all day brunch up a notch by combining unexpected ingredients into traditional breakfast favorites. Though there is only one pancake option typically on the menu, Koko Head Café is definitely worth the visit for pancake lovers. Try their delicious pancakes served with bacon and black pepper maple syrup. Other sweet menu options include doughnuts, French toast, and their Auntie Alohi Cakes.

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2. The Nook, Honolulu, HI

The Nook offers diners a special menu crafted using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. The stand-out pancake option is a bit more like dessert than breakfast, but it is definitely worth the caloric splurge. The lilikoi cheesecake pancakes are buttermilk pancakes topped with whipped passionfruit cream cheese and toasted macadamia nuts.

3. Cane & Canoe, Lahaina, HI

Located in the Montage Hotel and Resorts, guests will find the high-end Cane & Canoe restaurant. This excellent establishment offers a breakfast menu with pancake specialties that knock the flavors out of the park. Order the simple buttermilk pancakes topped with island flavors: tropical fruit, macadamia nuts, and coconut syrup. Gluten free guests can dine on gluten free blueberry and almond pancakes topped with lemon curd.

4. Liliha Bakery, Honolulu, HI

Serving delicious breakfast and doughnuts since 1950, Liliha Bakery has an ample selection of pancakes on the menu. Try their banana hotcakes, berries and nuts pancakes, or green tea topped pancakes. Another sweet breakfast specialty is their “Waffard,” which is waffles with custard and fruit.

5. My Café, Kapolei, HI

Open only for breakfast and lunch daily, My Café serves a selection of pancakes and exciting daily specials. A recent special pancake was their Easter s’mores pancake that was topped with marshmallow glaze, graham cracker crumble, toasted marshmallow, and more. Other options allow you to taste a bit of everything, with orders of breakfast meat, buttermilk pancakes, and eggs. They also offer customizable pancake flights—perfect if you can’t decide on just one!

6. Countryside Café, Waianae, HI

Enjoy brunch on the beach at Countryside Café, where you can dine on a wide array of tasty breakfast options. On the menu, diners will find red velvet pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, and a taster plate consisting of banana fosters French toast, passionfruit buttermilk pancakes, and strawberry waffles. Omelets, loco moco, and fried rice are also available on the breakfast menu to suit all taste buds.

7. Rise and Shine Café, Mililani Town, HI

Rise and Shine Café tantalizes taste buds with hearty home cooked favorites. The breakfast menu includes three types of pancakes, with the flavorful banana macadamia nut pancakes served with coconut syrup the highlight. Other pancake options include simple buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and blueberry pancakes topped with blueberry syrup.

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8. Boots and Kimo’s, Kailua, HI

Boots and Kimo’s is the original home of the macadamia nut pancake, making it a must-stop when seeking out the best pancakes on Hawaii. The pancakes here are thick and fluffy and topped with an ample serving of macadamia nut sauce. Another pancake option is the blueberry macadamia nut pancakes, which feature a drizzle of blueberry syrup atop the stack. There are also red velvet and banana macadamia nut pancakes on the menu. Do note that Boots and Kimo’s is closed on Tuesdays.

9. Wailana Coffee House, Honolulu, HI

Wailana Coffee House is home to an all you can eat pancake special. If one, two, or even three macadamia nut pancakes topped with coconut syrup are not enough, Wailana Coffee House is the place to stop. Taster breakfast options are also available including pancakes served with eggs and breakfast meat, allowing for a lovely combination of sweet and savory.

10. Sweet E’s Café, Honolulu, HI

Serving up breakfast and lunch, Sweet E’s is a family-run spot that is loved by locals and tourists alike. The menu features a number of breakfast favorites including delicious cinnamon pancakes and pancakes topped with fresh fruit. Other favorites include banana pancakes served with eggs and sausages, eggs benedict, and stuffed French toast.

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