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Waikiki + Honolulu


If you like musubi (or want to try it for the first time), you’ve got to visit Musubi Cafe Iyasume. It just might be the best musubi in Oahu. And it’s crazy affordable by Hawaii standards. 


They’ve got a huge selection (like 50 different kinds of musubi and rice balls) and it’s all made by hand when you order it. Traditional spam musubi, breakfast musubi, teriyaki, plum, spicy cod roe, even cheese-spam… there are so many to choose from. Even the weird sounding ones taste good. You’re covered for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


What makes it so good? Fresh ingredients. Yes! But also they use a specialty Koshihikari rice that’s seasoned perfectly. This isn’t just for tourists, it’s popular with locals too. 

It’s all grab-n-go so don’t plan on eating there in the restaurant, but do plan on grabbing a bunch for the beach, a hike, or your flight back home.


Oh, and they do have a few other items on the menu to mix it up from the musubi, like poke bowls, curries, and fried chicken. 

Covid Specific

  • Pre Covid, there were 7 locations, but only 5 are open now. We're not sure if the other 2 are temporarily or permanently closed. 



Musubi Menu



Location 1: Musubi Cafe IYASUME - Waikiki Monarch

2427 Kuhio Ave,

Pacific Monarch Hotel 1F,

Honolulu, HI 96815





  • Daily  ▭  7am - 8pm

Location 2: Musubi & Bento IYASUME - Waikiki Seaside

334 Seaside Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815


  • Daily  ▭  8am - 3pm

Location 3: Musubi Cafe IYASUME - Ala Moana Food Court

1450 Ala Moana Boulevard,

Honolulu, HI 96814





  • Daily  ▭  9am - 7pm

Additional Locations

  • Keeaumoku: 638 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu, HI 96814

  • Kahala Mall: 4211 Waialae Ave #G-19, Honolulu, HI 96816


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  • Musubi: ~$2 - $5

  • Bowls and Bentos: ~$4 - $10


Musubi Cafe IYASUME - Waikiki Monarch

  • Waikiki Beach — 10 min walk

  • Maui Brewing Co. Waikiki — 6 min walk


Musubi & Bento IYASUME - Waikiki Seaside

  • International Market Place — 4 min walk


Musubi Cafe IYASUME - Ala Moana / Lanai

  • Liliha Bakery — 2 min drive

  • The Modern Honolulu — 7 min drive


Musubi Cafe IYASUME - Keeaumoku

  • The Modern Honolulu — 3 min drive


Musubi Cafe IYASUME - Kahala Mall

Might be the best musubi on the island. 50 different variations of musubi and rice balls. All made by hand to order. Multiple locations throughout Waikiki and Honolulu.

Musubi Cafe IYASUME


Close up of musubi rice balls from Musubi Cafe IYASUME in Oahu, Hawaii

Good to know





  • Spam Musubi

  • Teriyaki Spam Musubi

  • Avocado, Eel, Egg, and Spam Musubi

  • Breakfast Musubi (Egg and Spam)

  • Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

  • Musubi Pack (Mini Bento): Musubi (flavor rotates), Fried Chicken, Sausage, and Egg [FYI: this is not a spam musubi but one with a filling instead.]

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  • How many musubi to order? One musubi makes for a good snack. Two can be a meal.

  • ​With the exception of the Seaside location which accepts credit card, the locations are cash only. 

  • By noon the lunch lines get pretty long. And because they make the musubi to order, it can take 10-20 minutes to get yours during the lunch rush. They also have some premade musubi ready to go if you’re in a hurry. 

  • In some locations, you can call ahead to put your order in and skip the line when you get there. 

  • The musubi come individually wrapped and travel pretty well. This is a good option if you want to throw a few in your bag and take on a hike, to the beach, or for the plane ride home. 

  • This makes for a really cheap breakfast (or lunch or dinner for that). 

  • They also offer organic brown rice and 10-grain rice. 

  • If you like their musubi, then this is a good spot to pick up some souvenirs — musubi sauce, spam cookbooks, t-shirts, magnets of cute little musubi sitting on surfboards. They have an online store too.



  • No seating at any of the locations. Plan to take your musubi with you to eat somewhere else. FYI that the Ala Moana Center and Kahala Mall locations have seating nearby in the mall. 

  • They serve both rectangular musubi as well as the triangular rice balls (still musubi). The rectangular ones all include Spam plus something else (like unagi, omelet, bacon, avocado, etc). The triangular ones include a variety of fillings ranging from spicy cod roe, to plum, and fried chicken mayo.

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  • Musubi are inexpensive, individually wrapped, and travel well. They’re basically kid size too.



  • Opened in Waikiki in September 2000. It started as a hole-in-the-wall down a Waikiki side street.  

  • It used to be called Musubi-Ya, which means “Musubi shop” in Japanese.

Last Updated 5 / 10 / 21

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