The BEST Pancakes on Oahu

The BEST Pancakes on Oahu

The BEST Pancakes on Oahu

The BEST Pancakes on Oahu

The BEST Pancakes on Oahu

The BEST Pancakes on Oahu

The BEST Pancakes on Oahu

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Cinnamon's famous bright pink guava chiffon pancakes (Oahu, Hawaii)

When I’m on vacation I love indulging during breakfast, especially when the menu has items I can’t get anywhere else. On Oahu, that means pancakes dressed up with local flavors like macadamia nut and guava. Here are two of my favorite spots to get a unique Hawaiian breakfast you’re sure to remember (and keep coming back for!)

Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen — Kailua, HI

Boots & Kimos is a fantastic breakfast spot and the home of the original macadamia nut pancake sauce.

Shortstack of pancakes covered in Boots and Kimo's famous Macadamia Nut Sauce

I typically don’t go for sweet breakfast foods, but as a mac nut fan, I had to try their house specialty…pancakes cloaked in their creamy macadamia nut sauce. I quickly found out why a crowd of people would be willing to wait in long lines just to be seated at this eastern Oahu restaurant. Seven years later, I find myself doing the same on weekend mornings before hitting the beach in nearby Kailua & Lanikai.

Shortstack of pancakes covered in Boots and Kimo's famous Macadamia Nut Sauce

The banana pancakes with mac nut sauce are the most popular. I also recommend their eggs and fried rice if you’re interested in a more traditional homestyle breakfast. I’ll usually share the pancakes with the person I’m dining with because they are a bit too sweet for one person to finish on their own. The pancakes are a bit pricey at $16-17 for an order of 3 pancakes with the famous sauce, but they’re worth a splurge!

They just moved to a brand new location, this year!


1020 Keolu Dr. Kailua, HI 96734 D1 

in the Enchanted Lake Shopping Center.


View the menu here »


 Insta: @bootsnkimos

Cinnamon’s — Kailua, HI & Waikiki, HI

Cinnamon’s is another Kailua eatery serving up decadent pancakes with a fruitier flair. This mom & pop restaurant was once “Kailua’s best kept secret” but has now grown to be known worldwide. The guava chiffon pancakes are a must-try. They taste incredible and the sauce is a gorgeous bright pink!

Cinnamon's famous bright pink guava chiffon pancakes (Oahu, Hawaii)

I brought my little sister here on her first trip to Oahu back in 2018 and she still to this day talks about these pancakes. We also got a full order of the mahi mahi eggs benedict which was fantastic as well!

Cinnamon's famous bright pink guava chiffon pancakes and mahi mahi eggs Benedict breakfast

Cinnamon’s has two locations on the island, the original Oahu location in Kailua and the newer location in Waikiki at the Ilikai Hotel. The Waikiki location is temporarily closed until further notice with expectations to reopen sometime in Spring 2021.

Reservations are only accepted for parties of 8 or more.

Cinnamon’s Restaurant at Kailua


315 Uluniu St, Kailua, HI 96734


Located in Kailua Square, in the Northeast corner of the city’s municipal parking lot.


 There is limited metered parking here!


 View the menu here »

Cinnamon’s at the ‘Ilikai 


1777 Ala Moana Blvd #150, Honolulu, HI 96815

Located at the the Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki overlooking the harbor. 

Valet parking is available at the hotel for $1/hour up to 3 hours with validation stamp. There are also metered spaces behind/makai [ocean-side] of the ‘Ilikai hotel, along the harbor for $1/hour.


 View the menu here »

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Aloha, I’m Lauren! One of my favorite things to do is explore the Hawaiian island of Oahu and nothing makes me happier than sharing what I’ve learned over the past 7 years with those planning their own adventures. I started Lauraloha Travel to help you enjoy every minute of your experience from planning all the way to paradise. Mahalo for exploring with me!

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