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Local Grindz According to Ken-San: North Shore Shrimp Trucks

Famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck #1 Kamehameha Hwy in Kahuku, North Shore Oahu. Giovanni’s famous for their scampi. At first, the garlic tasted sweet, as if they roasted it. But the cooks said they used raw garlic, and that the roasted flavor came from the secret sauce.

Every now and then I get to meet the readers of this blog in person, and even better than that, become personal friends with them. Ken-San is one of them, who I affectionately refer to not only in the Japanese honorific (a “thing” I like to do), but also as a Renaissance Man in his own right. Ken’s storied career prior to retiring comfortably in Hawaii includes serving in the Air Force in the Vietnam War, to high security IT positions in government, to owning his own photography studio, to teaching. And the list goes on and on and on.

From his original home in Providence, Rhode Island, Ken-San now calls the west side of Oahu home (and a gorgeous one at that!), where he passionately shares with his friends his love for Hawaii through, as I do, FOOD!

This is the first of a multipart photo gallery series* sharing Ken-San’s Hawaiian foodie endeavors. Enjoy!

Fumi’s Shrimp Truck Kamehameha Hwy North Shore Oahu. Fumi’s Lemon Pepper shrimp was lemony like Macky’s, but the flavor didn’t pop as much, and there was less of a pepper taste. What it lacked in zest, however, it made up in butter. The rich, citrusy and spicy sauce was absolutely delicious on the rice and shrimp.

Funi’s Shrimp Truck Kamehameha Hwy North Shore Oahu. Fumi’s offers one plate that no other truck does; ginger shrimp. It was stir-fried in a light sauce with slivered ginger, which also tasted like something you would order at a Chinese restaurant. Really liked this treatment, and the way the ginger taste permeated the shrimp. It didn’t have a strong ginger kick, but a good solid flavor.

Fumi’s Garlic and Butter Scampi Shrimp Kamehameha Hwy Kahuku, North Shore Oahu. It was very good!

Famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck #2 Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu. Giovanni’s offers #1 Shrimp Scampi, #2 Hot and Spicy, #3 Lemon & Butter shrimp.

Big Wave Shrimp Truck Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu

Chef Nico’s Mixed Grindz Shrimp Truck Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu

Honos Famous Shrimp Truck Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu. Hono’s garlic shrimp is their best seller. Minced garlic is piled over the shrimp, and there’s a slight lemon-pepper flavor. It’s basic, but tastier than Giovanni’s shrimp, and you also get a little cole slaw for color and texture.

Macky’s Shrimp Truck Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu. Macky’s shrimp is firm, fresh, plump and “butterflied” for easy eating. The butter-garlic sauce, the staple of most shrimp trucks, is just the right blend of salt, butter and garlic, and it also goes over the rice. It’s basic but oh so good!

Macky’s Shrimp Truck Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu. Macky’s beside Scampi Shrimp has a nice butter garlic! and “spicy hot sauce.” At Macky’s, the coconut-battered, jumbo shrimp is served with a sweet-spicy dipping sauce, which gives you all the sensations you want in a meal; sweet, hot, crunchy and tender, with a hint of salt.

Hui Ohana Shrimp & Fish N’ Chip Truck Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu

Opal Thai Food Truck Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu

Hokulani Bake Shop Truck Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu

While that’s a fantastic tour of Oahu’s North Shore Shrimp Trucks, Ken-San also misses the amazing Atlantic seafood from his hometown region of New England. Case in point…

Friday night cooked live 7.5 pound lobster dinners wine toast almost 3 ft long!

New England cold lobster roll 1/2 lb. in a buttered grilled top-split bun lightly dressed with mayo served with slaw, Belle Isle Seafood, Winthrop, MA.

Twin Oaks cold lobster Meat plate; 3-4 lobster tails steamed and served chilled on a bed lettuce served with clarified hot butter.

So Ken-San, we’re waiting for you to open Ken’s North Shore Lobster Truck! Look out North Shore Shrimp, you’re too puny for these big waves. Da’ LOBSTAH TRUCK is about to roll into town!

Ehukai Beach, North Shore of Oahu

Hau’ula Beach Park, North Shore of Oahu

Haleiwa town sign, North Shore of Oahu

Kaneohe Bay

*All photos and photo captions by KenW, a.k.a. Ken-San.

The Tasty Island related links:
Big T’s Shrimp Truck
Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Company

6 thoughts on “Local Grindz According to Ken-San: North Shore Shrimp Trucks

  • April 12, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Pomai, my parents love fish n chips very much but tracking that truck is some what if I have time. I sometime make it at home with malt vinegar. Eat Fest every month is where I head to for great food. Great to know of these trucks around to look out for them.

  • April 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I remember your old entry for fish and chips using pancake batter it work great. I for some reason never like tartare sauce on it since eating it in San Francisco malt vinegar like my cousins.

  • April 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Nico’s Pier 38 in Honolulu makes one of the best fish & chips. Back in New England Ye Old English Fish N’ Chips in Woonsocket, RI made the best ever based on British-style fried battered cod fish. Their fish cakes would always sell out each day. Malt vinegar on fries and fish!

    • April 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm


      I tried Nico’s Fish & Chips once, which wasn’t the best experience. However it was probably just a bad cook. Understandable, especially when it comes to anything sensitive to deep frying.

      Nico’s Kajiki (Marlin) Fish ‘n Chips

      Nico’s Kajiki (Marlin) Fish ‘n Chips

      Nico’s Kajiki (Marlin) Fish ‘n Chips

      On another note of something I thought you’d be interested in, I was in Don Quijote Kaheka this morning doing some shopping, where I noticed this new “Chorizo Seasoning” flavor Hormel SPAM…

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm


    Your Nico’s fish & chip does not look like anything I received. Mine was a larger filet of white flesh fish much longer. I ordered a Fish & Chip plate without specifying the type of fish. I was happy with what I received. That was the year they got voted best fish & chips in Honolulu.

    I’m accustomed to having Friday night Fish & Chips at Woonsocket, RI’s Ye Olde English Fish & Chips. The following link will take you to the Yelp page with a photo of a normal New England Fish & Chip plate for under $10.

    That’s what you call fish & chips!!


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