Fresh Starts


There’s no better way to fuel a busy day of frolicking in Waikiki’s warm waters and lounging in the sand than with a delectable breakfast at one of our favorite restaurants. Whether your ideal breakfast is a sweet treat, savory delight or healthy start, we’ve got you covered.



Buho is known for its extensive tequila selection, farm-fresh ingredients and an Island take on Mexican dining.  Now the popular rooftop restaurant is adding breakfast to its portfolio of tasty offerings. You’ll find items standard to any Mexican breakfast, like the breakfast burrito or huevos rancheros, as well as stacks of pancakes drizzled with your favorite fixings.  Don’t forget to try one of the signature breakfast drinks and feel free to indulge in bottomless mimosas  on the weekend.



The SurfJack Hotel & Swim Club is quickly becoming a new hotspot in Waikiki, thanks to its lively atmosphere and vintage Hawaii décor. Such a unique hotel requires a standout restaurant, and Mahina & Sun’s is just that. The brainchild of local celebrity chef and four-time James Beard Award nominee, Ed Kenny, Mahina & Sun’s menu clearly draws inspiration from these beautiful Islands. Its breakfast menu has favors not tasted elsewhere in Waikiki, like the ulu (breadfruit) pancake. Pictured is a spread of options, including the frambled omelet, house granola, avocado toast and smoky Mary brunch cocktail.



Although its location in Waikiki at the Ilikai Hotel has only been open a few years, Cinnamon’s original Kailua location has been a local favorite for over 30 years. In that time, its name has become nearly synonymous with one thing: pancakes. Although the menu is vast and has many lunch and dinner entrées to relish, the pancakes at Cinnamon’s are simply too good to pass up. Pictured are the guava chiffon and red velvet pancakes. Both of these varieties exceed expectations and leave diners puzzling at their own gastronomic abilities to finish the stack.



Looking for breakfast any time of day? Head over to Giovanni Pastrami on Lewers Street for all of your breakfast needs. Giovanni’s is a lively place to watch the game—any game—while you dine. The corned beef-pastrami-hash benedict pictured here is a fantastic combination of a traditional hash and a New York-style benedict giving you the best of two worlds. If you can’t decide on a single breakfast item, go for the triple play, which has three mini options in one.



Tropics Bar & Grill at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is one of the few eateries in Waikiki that is literally on the beach. Its outdoor seating lets you take in a view of the ocean, complete with surfers riding the shallow waves. It’s not a bad way to start the day. The menu offers traditional breakfast fare as well as Island-inspired food like the loco moco. One favorite dish is the banana-berry baked french toast. It’s made with King’s Hawaiian bread and topped with fresh berries and lilikoi butter for a local twist.