Giovanni's North Shore Shrimp Truck


Along the Northern most coast of Oahu is a fun oasis for your taste buds. The famous Giovanni's Shrimp Truck features locally grown batter fried shrimp seasoned to perfection. It's a great stop over for any North Shore journey, and has evolved into its own local outdoor variety mall with many food and crafts vendors.

At a Glance:
Highlights: Treat your taste buds and support the rural economy as you experience "broke da mouth", Hawaiian slang for great food that is deliscious.
Location: Kahuku, Oahu
Hours: 10:30 am 6:30 pm daily
Cost: $13 for a dozen shrimp with plate of rice "local" style

It began as a single roadside truck back in 1993, back when the North Shore was a sleepy remote destination populated simply by locals and surf aficionados. As the North Shore has become more and more popular amongst visitors, Giovanni's has grown to be a must visit North Shore destination for tourists and local's alike, outside the little town of Kahuku. The original truck grew to add a picnic pavilion for guests to dine in comfort, and the owners bought the roadside property opening the area up for numerous vendors of both crafts and additional foods, such as fresh coconuts, and roasted corn on the cob.

As imitation is the highest form of flattery, you will notice that many other "shrimp trucks" have set up along the stretch from Turtle Bay to Kahuku. The original is still the best and you can't mistake it for any of the others. The strange tradition of signing the truck at Giovanni's has created a blanket of several thousand signatures blanketing the vehicle entirely from top to bottom.

The secret to the shrimp is the freshness, having been grown in ponds a few miles away. The years of seasoning and cooking shrimp is evident in the food. The scampi and garlic butter shrimp are both favorites. Though there may be a line to place order, you won't be disappointed when you step up to the pick up window to receive your golden fried shrimp goodness. Portions are not huge, but they are filling and delicious.

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56-505 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii


Just north of Kahuku on Kamehameha Highway aka HI-route 83.

  • From Haliewa: Take Kamehameha Highway aka HI-route 83 East past the Turtle Bay Resort, then Kahuku Wind Farm and training areas. Look for Parking area and large Giovanni's sign on left just prior to Puuluana Street.
  • From Kailua: Follow Kamehameha Highway aka HI-route 83 West through Kahuku, passing Puuluana Street, then look for Giovanni's signs on right.


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