Healthier... happier... one taste at a time.
“A number of vegan restaurants recently opened in Honolulu, and the best of the bunch is ‘Ai Love Nalo, which specializes in Hawaiian and Hawaii-inspired dishes prepared through a vegan lens. Those who make the drive out to Waimanalo are rewarded with vegan laulau (traditionally, pork in taro leaf) and a coconut-rich, creamy lu’au stew prepared with Okinawan sweet potatoes. Don’t miss the poi parfait for dessert!”
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Plant based food done right! I ordered a few items from here and each one was very delicious; you definitely don’t feel like you are just eating some boring salad when you eat from here.
Daily Dose Smoothie: must get if you love coffee and dates!
Medi Bowl: comes with three falafel, beet humus, banaganous and salad; very filling and a must get if you love Mediterranean food.
BBQ Portabella Burger: so good! My boyfriend who is an extreme carnivore enjoyed his burger and even pronounces himself full after this meal!
Beautiful place and beautiful food! The vibes here are great – you can feel that whoever opened Ai Love Nalo has a passion for fresh, healthy, locally sourced food that makes you feel good inside.
The falafel here is some of the best I have ever had! If you come here, I recommend the Medi bowl or the Tofu Poke. Meals are very filling, flavorful and aesthetically pleasing to top it off.
Really glad this place exists – it’s tough to dispel the idea that plant-based food is just boring ol’ salads but Ai Love Nalo will inspire you and awaken your curiosity about what sort of wonderful meals can be made WITHOUT any sort of animal product!
Farm-to-table done right. I definitely love ‘Ai Love Nalo.
First off, heading to that side of the island is beautiful and relaxing, and you can just go driving for the hell of it… done it many times. Secondly, the parking is rough since they only have a few stalls in front. And you would never know it was there since it looks like an old gas station, and has a sign saying “Lomilomi Massage.” But make no mistake, it’s the place next to McDonald’s (lol, talk about contrasting establishments).
Anyway, they grow their own produce, prepare fresh vegan/vegetarian meals, and even do their own composting. It’s a very interesting mix of food and health-minded services under one roof.
I’ve been there twice, and of what I tried, I really enjoyed their Medi Bowl — Kalo falafel (amazing!), baba ganoush, beet hummus, millet tabouleh over greens w/herb tahini sauce. And if you’ve never had a vegetarian lau lau before, I would recommend trying their “Oh Wow Lau Lau”… you just may not miss the meat. They also have fresh beverages and smoothies, as well as specials. The Pineapple Cream Crave (special) was what I had, and I loved it.
So if you’re ever out cruising Waimanalo, don’t forget about ‘Ai Love Nalo! And don’t forget to show your love by returning your dishes to their dish bins when you’re done eating!
Our plant-based menu provides healthy, delicious options that often surprises and delights our customers. All of our sauces, gravies, dressings and food is carefully prepared from scratch so that we ensure it meets our nutritional standards without compromising taste.
Some of our favorites include the Hawaiian and local dishes, such as the laulau and lūʻau. However, our #1 seller is the Medi Bowl. A dish you MUST try!
Healthy Vegan Food
Accessible & Affordable
‘Ai Love Nalo is a quaint hidden gem, nestled in the beautiful, rural farm community of Waimānalo. We partnered with many farmers throughout the Koʻolaupoko (from Hawaiʻi Kai to Kahaluʻu) including our friends at Otsuji Farms, Yogarden, Green Rows, Palaka Moon Farm, Kawauchi Farm, ʻAi Love Gardens, Small Kine Farms, and Wongs Luau Leaf Farm. We appreciate them, and all of our local organic farmers, as their contributions certainly help us to feed our community healthy, nutritious, delicious food.
The Garden of Eatin’
The “Garden of Eatin” was designed to simulate a perennial polyculture food forest. Our goal is to ensure that it is rich in biodiversity and productivity. The garden also serves as a habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators, and birds; creates shade and a beautiful setting that nourishes our sense of well being; and provides an array of herbs, fruit and vegetables that we often use in our dishes. We hope this garden inspires our customers and visitors to start their own food forest gardens at home.
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