Eat Shrimp at a Hawaiian Food Truck in Maui

Somehow I had never eaten at a food truck, even in the Oregonian food pod mecca of the world, Portland. But, with a half hour to spare on the way to Maui’s Kahului airport there was a short room of opportunity to check this adventure off my bucket list by munching on shrimp at a Hawaiian food truck.

Geste’s Shrimp Truck in Kuhului, Hawaii has a four star rating and serves fresh, juicy shrimp, on the side of the road…in a truck.

We drove about two miles past the airport on Kuhului Beach Road to find Geste’s Hawaiian food truck. And there was a line. Good sign.
geste shrimp hawaiian food truck

There ain’t nothing fancy about this mobile food joint. Nothing.

The truck is plain white with a small sign and menu. And there are no tables, chairs or garbage cans. Surely, this is where the locals go to get their Hawaiian takeout lunch. And curious people like me.

We ordered the Hawaiian Style shrimp and popped a squat on the rocky beach directly behind the truck. We almost got a contact high from the local fishermen hanging out there. Should we have moved closer?
Hawaiian Food Truck Menu eating food truck shrimp

The shrimp had the shells on, in all of my dining out (which is embarrassingly a lot) I have never seen this. Tails on, yes. Entire shells, no. But, maybe it was meant to capture the moisture and flavor, because these shrimp had both.

12 shrimp per order (for $12) were served with rice and crab Mac n cheese. It was imitation crab, but you won’t care because you have shrimp.

The food truck meal was served in styrofoam with plasticware which reminded me of my recent Southern BBQ meal in Georgia where my wine was served in a plastic cup. Both meals were equally as good.
Geste Shrimp from Hawaiian Food Truck Eating Geste Shrimp from Hawaiian Food Truck

Have you ever eaten at a Hawaiian food truck? Or any other type of food truck?

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2017-04-28T16:35:31+00:00 January 3rd, 2013|Categories: FOOD, Hawaii, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , |

21 Comments

  1. Jaime January 3, 2013 at 11:50 am - Reply

    I went to Fumi's shrimp truck on Oahu and had their hot and spicy shrimp – and it was probably the best shrimp I've ever had!  They had their shrimp farm (farm?) behind the truck, so they too had the entire shell on the shrimp still.  
    I love finding food trucks when I travel.  Austin, TX has food trucks everywhere!  The Peached Tortilla food truck had the best burrito I've ever had – bahn mi burrito.  Minneapolis, MN just started getting lots of food trucks within the past few years as well.  

    • Annette White January 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      I think I need to add food trucks to my dining repetoire! My hometown only has one taco truck, but several food trucks are popping up in surrounding areas. Bahn Mi Burrito sounds delish!!!

  2. Dena Barrie January 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Oh yea…the best fish taco I have ever eaten was off of a food truck…Pat's Taquerita in Kauai!  Nothing better then food trucks!

  3. Juliann | Browsing the Atlas January 4, 2013 at 5:51 am - Reply

    I used to grab a taco for lunch from food trucks in California. (This was 20 years ago.) They were fantastic and not at all like the Mexican food we get at restaurants here in the U.S. My friends told me I was probably eating horse or dog meat, but I chose not to believe them. Those tacos were GOOD!
    Plus – I drove an ice cream truck at the time, so I traded ice cream for a taco. Ah, those were the days… 😉

    • Annette White January 4, 2013 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Ooh. I like that business sense of trading ice cream for tacos! I try to trade gift cards at my restaurant all the time 🙂

  4. Anita Mac January 4, 2013 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Food trucks are becoming huge!  Not just the simple beef on a bun either!  I agree – adding them to the dining repertoire sounds like a good idea!  Have been to a few at fairs and festivals, but have yet to try the ones that are showing up around town.  Your shrimp looks pretty yum, and eating on the run..that looks way better than (ugg..) McDonalds!!!  

    • Annette White January 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      Hands down better than McDonalds!! I see all those fancy food trucks on tv and look forward to testing them out.

  5. Laura @Travelocafe January 5, 2013 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Food trucks are something new for me. We don't have them in Valencia, and while traveling I never really adventured myself to eat street food. But… never say never…

    • Annette White January 5, 2013 at 7:20 am - Reply

      Since i own a restaurant, I am typically a restaurant dining only girl because I like to see what trendy things others are doing. But, now I might throw in a food truck here and there 🙂

  6. Shirlene from Idelish January 16, 2013 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Ahh food truck in hawaii! One of our MUST DO everytime we're in Maui! Your post makes me hungry! 🙂 

  7. Shirlene from Idelish January 16, 2013 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Oh and I must say, I have tried a few shrimp trucks but havent tried Geste's yet! That'll be the one we'll try next time we're back in Maui!

    • Annette White January 16, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

      You’ll have to let me know how it compares to the other food trucks in Hawaii!

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  13. Janet Mann July 12, 2015 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Giovanni Shrimp Truck! A must on Oahu

  14. LiveYourAloha May 24, 2017 at 1:59 am - Reply

    There are a number of food trucks in Hawaii and they sell delicious food. This is one of them!

    • Annette White May 24, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

      I bet there’s many more! If you have any others to list, I am sure the readers would love it 🙂

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