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Hawaiian Foods you Must Try in Hawaii

Hawaiian Foods You Must Try in Hawaii

Whether it is your first time to Hawaii, or you are an annual visitor, there are few other places in the world where you can feel welcomed and at home wherever you go. When visiting with locals, bring your appetite, because they love to feed their guests! We are fortunate enough to be hosted by my uncle and aunt for most of our stay in a typical Hawaiian home in Punaluu. My Uncle is of Hawaiian origin, and he is always very welcoming and very happy to cook us a meal!

Surfboards for Rent on Waikiki Beach - A Great Picnic Spot

Surfboards for Rent on Waikiki Beach – A Great Picnic Spot

Because of its position in the Pacific Ocean, the cuisine you will find in Hawaii is a fusion of culinary influences that come from Traditional Hawaiian dishes, as well as Asian and North American cuisine. You will find American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Polynesian and Portuguese

And no, don’t expect to find Ham and Pineapple Pizza in abundance or Pineapple fields all over the islands. Hawaii actually grows very few pineapples today.

 

Here are some Hawaiian foods you you must try in Hawaii.

Hawaiian Foods to Try

Shoyu Poke courtesy of Gregg Tavares

Shave Ice (not Shaved Ice) courtesy of Michael Saechang

Shave Ice (not Shaved Ice) courtesy of Michael Saechang

Pineapple Ice Cream from Dole courtesy of  Jun Seita

Pineapple Ice Cream from Dole courtesy of Jun Seita

Hawaiians eat a lot of SPAM Courtesy of Mike Mozart

Hawaiians eat a lot of SPAM Courtesy of Mike Mozart

Hawaiian Food you must Try in Hawaii

Poi (Taro) Like a Pudding Texture

Poke Courtesy of Anokarina

Poke Courtesy of Anokarina

Kalua Pig

Kalua Pig

Papaya

Locally Grown Papaya

Mochi Ice Cream Courtesy of _e.t

Mochi Ice Cream Courtesy of _e.t

Hawaiian Juices (be careful, they are full of sugar, but the kids love them)

Hawaiian Juices (be careful, they are full of sugar, but the kids love them)

Sweet Bread Couresy of Joel Penner

Sweet Bread Couresy of Joel Penner

Japanese Taro Bread

Japanese Taro Bread

Have you ever traveled to Hawaii? What was your favourite typical Hawaiian dish! let me know in the comments!

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Lindsay is the Editor and Head Writer of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She wears many hats including mom, wife, freelancer, GM for a manufacturing company and soccer player. Lindsay is spontaneous, loves travel, photography and very recently discovered she loves to write.

18 thoughts on “Hawaiian Foods you Must Try in Hawaii

  1. noel

    All my favorite foods from the Big Island, but you missed those yummy malasadas too, the best in Na-alehu at Punalu’u bakery where your uncle lives.

  2. Rosemary

    Never had the food from Hawaii, so I’m definitively intrigued. The poke looks great and the mochi ice cream is my fav. Haven’t been to Hawaii in ages, this makes me want to go back again and visit soon :)

  3. Hugo

    I’ve never tried any of these. Curious to find out how the Portuguese influenced some Hawaiian food. We (Portuguese) seem to be everywhere!

  4. Alice Teacake

    How lucky that you have an uncle there already to go and stay with :) Can’t believe they eat all that spam though >< Want to like it and all being a British lady but urgh. No thank you haha.

  5. Jackie

    That shave ice and the papaya look like something I’d be eating a lot of for sure! So interesting about Spam. Why is it so beloved in Hawaii?

  6. Wandering Carol

    I spent two months in Hawaii and have to confess I didn’t try any of these foods … er, except Spam. I’ve definitely tried that. Okay, and papaya. But definitely not taro bread. Yum.

  7. Robson Cadore

    Didnt make toHawaii yet. And admit that apart from the fruits I don’t know much about Hawaiian food.
    The Kalua pig looks delicious! And usually those canned juices are full of sugar all around the world!

  8. Megan

    I’m saving this for a trip I have coming up to Maui. Love Dole Whip from a trip before. Want to try a few of these at least.

  9. Monika

    It seems that you ate lots of ice-cream – they look delicious and I guess I would go for ice-cream as well, especially those pinapple ones :)

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