With a dense residential population and large volume of tourists, Honolulu Hawaii is able to support a variety of quality grocery stores. Here are some suggestions for the best grocery stores in Honolulu, HI:
Safeway is a national grocery store chain with a strong presence in the Honolulu market. With more than a dozen stores on Oahu, there will be a Safeway grocery store near you in Honolulu. Safeway is known for fresh produce, a well-stocked bakery, and a great deli. Safeway stores are fully stocked with all standard grocery products American consumers have come to expect.
Different Safeway locations specialize in a slightly different product mix. Even stores a few miles apart (e.g. Manoa and Kapahulu) can offer unique amenities. As an example, the nut bar at the Kapahulu Safeway or the quick meal selection at the Kapolei Safeway set those stores apart from smaller competitors.
Marukai Hawaii is a full service grocery store catering primarily to Asian consumers. There are currently two Marukai grocery stores on Oahu (Kalihi and Ward). While Marukai has a full selection of general grocery products, the Asian foods section at Marukai is as complete as any grocery store in the United States.
From hard-to-find Vietnamese sauces to freshly prepared Japanese bento boxes, Marukai is the standard weekly grocery store for many local residents. Tourists will be intrigued at the wide variety of products which are impossible to find at most mainland stores. The fresh foods section is a great place to stop for lunch and the fruits and vegetable section can provide you with a unique and memorable snack.
Whole Foods is a high-end national grocery chain that caters to a specific clientele. The Honolulu whole foods, located in Kahala Mall, has a full selection of local products in addition to organic and natural foods from across the world. The Oahu Whole Foods carries many of the same products as its mainland counterparts, so a visitor to the Honolulu location will be well served to spend time buying local produce.
The highest quality fruits and vegetables from across the state of Hawaii are found in abundance in the Whole Foods grocery section. From Maui onions to Waimanalo greens, you are sure to find products that will leave a lasting impression on your palate while supporting the local farm industry.
The clear downside to Whole Foods is the much higher cost of its products. For most items, the organic and natural selection at Whole Foods is more than twice as expensive as a generic alternative at another market. Most consumers shop at Whole Foods sporadically for specific products rather than as the standard weekly shopping location for staples.