Musubi is pretty much the perfect handheld snack: if you’re unfamiliar, this treat is usually constructed of a thick block of sushi rice topped with a super-tasty protein, then belted tight with seaweed. They’re ubiquitous in local culture, and you can snag them anywhere, from 7-Elevens and mom-and-pops, to swanky golf courses and high-end specialty shops. The Hawaiian classic is Spam musubi, but there are so many more kinds to discover. Basically, we love musubi, you love musubi... and if you don’t love musubi, we want to convert you to loving musubi, so we’ve rounded up the best rice-filled portable snacks around Honolulu.
With over 35 varieties available, musubi addicts will freak out over this self-proclaimed musubi headquarters. At Mana Bu’s, you can select among white rice, brown rice, 10-grain rice, Mochi rice, or pilaf -- all of which is freshly made, high quality, and chemical-free. These come topped with flavorful fillings like veggie curry, baked salmon, ume, or spicy tuna mayo. Set your alarm early, or order 24 hours ahead if you want to beat the rush to feed those cravings: this place opens at 6:30am, and these uber-popular handmade snacks sell out fast -- which means it often closes its doors much earlier than the listed closing time of 1pm.