I’d had my eye on Sunrise Shack for a while, and finally got the chance to try it this past week. It’s locally owned and operated by four legendary surfers – three brothers and their close friend. They have two locations, one on the North Shore of Oahu and one right in the middle of Waikiki, both brimming with dairy-free options.
Sunrise Shack on Oahu is a Dairy-Free Dream to Wake Up To
Almost everything on the menu is dairy-free, and even vegan. Some of their Bullet Coffees contain grass fed butter, but that is the only dairy I spotted on the entire menu. Here is what they serve for breakfast and lunch:
- Vegan Bullet Coffee – Although they have classic bullet coffee, they also have about four or five dairy-free bullet options. Their baseline vegan Coconut Bullet is made with organic mold-free coffee, MCT oil, coconut oil, and coffee creamer. You can upgrade it to one of their flavors like almond, golden, or matcha.
- Global Teas – Non-coffee drinkers, like myself, can enjoy a tea (like Hawaiian Ginger) with coconut creamer on request.
- Cold-Pressed Juices – They use classic juice ingredients, like apples, greens, and beets, rather than local flavors. But they do have a pineapple one.
- Kombucha – I’m not a kombucha drinker, but if I was, I’d get excited about this. They have flavors like dragon fruit and local lilikoi.
- Smoothie Bowls – This is THE place for vegan superfood smoothie bowls, from acai to jungle matcha.
- Smoothies – Their new smoothie menu was just established in May, and it’s reportedly vegan.
- Healthy Bites – These are all vegan and include their Papaya Boat, Avocado Toast, Sunrise Cake, Sandwiches, Salads, and more. They have smoked salmon and turkey available to add onto your avocado toast, sandwich, salad, or wrap. These aren’t vegan, but we were told they’re dairy-free.
Please note that they add local honey on a lot of items labeled as vegan. If you don’t consume honey, make sure it isn’t included on your order. Also, they seem to cater to soy-free diets and they have many naturally gluten-free items, but don’t specify gluten-free on the menu.
I ordered the papaya boat, and you can read my personal review below.
Where to Find Sunrise Shack
Locations: 2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 (at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort) and 59-158 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 (North Shore)
Phone: 808 926 6460 (Waikiki) and 808 638 0506 (North Shore)
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The Papaya Boat Exceeds Expectations
I wanted to be able to rate it, so this is my personal review! I opted to order the Papaya Boat at Sunrise Shack – a local treat that I’d been dying to try. It’s a half papaya filled with peanut butter, local dairy-free granola, banana, blueberries, chia seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, and goji berries, and drizzled with organic honey.
It didn’t look huge, but it was packed with goodies. I had it at about 8:30am and wasn’t even a little hungry until 1pm. They served it in a little cardboard fast food bowl (shown in the picture above) that was smaller than the papaya itself. I asked for something a little bigger to hold it and was glad I did – the second I dug my spoon in a bunch of the toppings fell off. It was messy, but insanely delicious.
For the price, I think the papaya boat at Sunrise Shack is a fantastic value and a great way to experience some of the local fruits and flavors. The service was also polite and helpful. They didn’t have as much of the “aloha spirit” as some places, but still nice.