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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! After spending plenty of time with them, I have come up with the best Hawaiian foods to try in Hawaii.

If you do not have the opportunity to have someone shopping and cooking for you, check out how to eat for cheap in Hawaii!

Surfboards for Rent on Waikiki Beach - A Great Picnic Spot

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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 influences.

Eating in Hawaii can get expensive, if you are on a budget, check out how to see Hawaii on a budget.

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. For your time on this Big Island, check out this 4 day itinerary. 

Here are some Hawaiian foods 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 tried any of these? What were your favorites? After you have finished snacking, consider picking up some of the best Hawaiian souvenirs!

More Great Hawaiian Resources:

The Best time to Visit Hawaii. Comparisons for each season

Quotes about Hawaii for Instagram captions!

The Best things to do in Oahu with Toddlers and Preschoolers

– Are you celiac? check out The Best Gluten free Island in Hawaii

– Heading to Maui? Check out this 5 Day Maui Itinerary

– Check out this post for Cheap Eats in Hawaii before your next trip!

– Honeymooning in Hawaii, Three Week Island Hopping Itinerary

– If you are planning on visiting Maui with kids, I suggest you read this post on the very best things to do in Maui with kids.

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

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Matt

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

A great list!

Monika

Saturday 9th of April 2016

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 :)

Megan

Saturday 12th of March 2016

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.

Robson Cadore

Monday 29th of February 2016

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!

Wandering Carol

Sunday 28th of February 2016

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.