If you head east along the North Shore of Oahu you’ll find number of shrimp farms. It was from these farms that famed shrimp trucks of Oahu were spawned. There are still stands that actually sell shrimp right in front of the farms. The trucks, however, have been mobilized throughout the island to sell their bounty.
We decided on Mackey’s Kahuku Sweet Shrimp Truck because of the proximity to where we were staying and some of the recommendations from Chowhound. Since we were going to Alan Wong’s that night I wanted to make sure I cleared plenty of stomach room for the evening’s feast. (I had lunch at Grass Skirt Grill before our last Alan Wong’s dinner and wasn’t even hungry at 7.) The shrimp truck would be the perfect solution to my dinner dilemma as long as I didn’t finish the rice.
So I hurried up, slammed the car in park, and hopped into the line at Macky’s before the limo could find a spot. (Nothing sucks worse than getting stuck behind a group of ten people.) The operation itself is very efficient; the only have five different plates along with smoothies, fruit plates, and Kuhuku corn (which I wasn’t aware of).
I opted for the Butter Garlic Shrimp Plate (there’s also Coconut Shrimp, Lemon Pepper, Spicy Hot, and Original). With the plate I got, I’d say there were about 8 shrimp, two pieces of pineapple, a couple scoops, and a small salad for $12. I thought the shrimp and the pineapple were good. I could have done without the rest of the stuff. Looking back I wish I had gotten Spicy Hot Shrimp plate just because I’m a sucker for all things spicy.
Macky’s is actually a great way to enjoy the beautiful setting in Hale’iwa. They’ve set up a few tables complete with tents, an outdoor sink, and facilities. Everything is cooked fresh. It isn’t like there’s a heat lamp that this stuff is sitting under.
Macky's Kahuku Sweet Shrimp Truck
66-632 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712