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    6 Oahu Breakfast Spots You Have to Try

    Whether you're setting out on an island sightseeing tour or want to build up your strength to tackle an early morning waterfall hike, you need coffee. And maybe some breakfast!

    Or perhaps you've already been stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a while and just want to try out a new spot. And why settle for regular old eggs and coffee when you can sample macadamia nut pancakes, breakfast bibimbap, or Kalua pig Eggs Benedict?

    Is your mouth watering yet? We've got you! We polled some locals for their favorite breakfast and brunch spots on the island of Oahu, so whether you're looking to take your time savoring your morning coffee or just need a quick bite, you'll want to make time to visit one or even all of these recommended locations! 

    6 Oahu Breakfast Spots You Have to Try


    6 Favorite Breakfast and Brunch Spots Near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam 

    1) Moena Cafe

    Moena CafeImage from Yelp! review

    Thriving brunch spot with locations in Hawaii Kai and Kapolei.

    Try: cinnamon roll pancakes, short rib loco moco, Portuguese sausage omelette with fried rice, Kalua pig Benedict.

    Kapolei location hours: 

    Mon. - Thurs. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Fri. 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Sat. 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
    Sun. 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

    Hawaii Kai hours: Open daily from 7 am - 2:30 pm

    2) Island Brew


    Enjoy coffee on the waterfront at Hawaii Kai. Sitting areas inside and out. Lovely views! Three locations on Oahu. 

    Try: egg frittata, pastrami melt, acai smoothie.

    Hawaii Kai location: Open daily 6 am - 6 pm

    Kaimuki location: 

    Open Mon. - Thu. from 7 am - 7 pm
    Fri. - Sun. 7 am - 6 pm

    Ala Moana Center: 

    Open M-F from 7 am - 9 pm
    Saturday 7 am - 9 pm
    Sunday 7 am - 7 pm

    3) Koa Pancake House

    Koa-74Image via Koa Pancake House

    Diner atmosphere and a local icon. Stays busy! Breakfast food at great price. Grab a quick bite or coffee to go.

    Try: Koa Moco, Mac Nut pancakes.

    Hours: 7 locations on Oahu. See website for location/hours nearest you. 

    4) Cafe Kaila

    kailaImage via Yelp! review

    Up and coming busy spot. Popular breakfast cafe and coffee shop now also has location in Japan. 

    Try: Local scramble, Thai latte. 

    Honolulu location hours

    Mon. - Fri. 7 am - 6 pm

    Sat. - Sun. 7 am - 3 pm

    5) Koko Head Cafe

    koko head cafeBreakfast Bibimbap via Yelp! reviewer

    Breakfast all day? Yes, please! Unique breakfast experience combining casual Hawaii dining with an Asian flair. 

    Try: Cornflake French toast, The Queen's mimosa, Auntie Aloha cakes. 

    Hours: Daily 7 am - 2:30 pm 

    6) Cinnamon’s Restaurant

    cinammonsCinnamon's famous red velvet pancakes via Yelp! reviewer

    Located in Kailua on the windward side of the island, Cinnamon's is worth the drive from JBPHH. If you're heading out close to their closing time, call ahead, as at times the busy restaurant will stop seatings before 2 p.m. 

    Try: Red velvet pancakes, Guava chiffon pancakes, smoked salmon Eggs Benedict. 

    Hours: Daily 7:00 am– 2:00 pm

    Living on Oahu? Share your favorite breakfast eatery with us! And if you're about to move to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, download our Military Family Guide to JBPHH for more information about the local area, including things to do, local culture, schools, military spouse employment, neighborhoods, and much more! 

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    Jen McDonald

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