TOP 5 LOCAL FOODS YOU MUST TRY IN HAWAII

Hawaii is a culinary explosion with everything from juicy tropical fruits to fresh local caught seafood. Your taste buds will un-doubtfully be delighted with the islands local cuisine. Whether you like salty, spicy or sweet, your bound to be in for a treat!

✧✧ Here are our top 5 local foods you must try while visiting the islands of Hawaii. ✧✧

5. HAUPIA

Call me a dessert fan if you must, but combine pudding and coconut together and you will have me fiery-eyed and on the hunt for this heavenly creamy dessert masterpiece. Haupia is a coconut, pudding/jelly-like dessert with a delightfully sweet coconut (niu) flavour and creamy smooth texture. Traditional Haupia is made with niucream mixed with pia (Polynesian arrowroot) and then delicately wrapped in ti leaves then baked in an underground oven.

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Being an absolute chocolate fiend, I can’t resist the updated version that combines a delicious pie crust, layered with smooth dark chocolate custard, haupia, and then topped with whipped cream. Your eyes will be rolling with fulfilment and delight after consuming this one.

Our top Haupia picks:
– TEDS BAKERY – SUNSET BEACH (59- 024 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI)

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4. SHAVED ICE

Relive that childhood memory with the refreshingly cool and colourful explosion that is… Hawaiian shaved ice. Try flavours ranging from local Hawaiian fruits such a lillikoi and pineapple, to more trendy flavours such as green tea.

Oh, and of course what would a desert be without toppings. Create your own masterpiece with offerings such as condensed milk, sweet red adzuki beans, and li hing mui powder (a ground-up pickled plum skin) you WON'T regret it.

Our top Shaved Ice picks:
– MATSUMOTO SHAVE ICE (66- 087 Kamehameha Hwy #605, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI)

3. GARLIC SHRIMP

For as long as the waves have rolled upon Hawaii’s shoreline, Garlic shrimp has been hot on the grill. This delicious, filling and price friendly meal can be found at almost every food truck on the North Shore.

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The shells crispy from the pan, soak in every ounce of garlic deliciousness and marry themselves with the right amount of creamy buttery-ness. Served with a generous bed of white rice, this is the perfect post-surf treat or just a treat in general. Who needs an excuse to eat something so tasty?

Our favourite garlic shrimp picks:
– GIOVANNIS – White trucks are the original royals of the garlic shrimp world. (66- 472 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu HI)

2. LOCO MOCO

Think a tone of white rice topped with a hamburger patty, fried eggs and then doused in a boatload of gravy. Oh and if that’s not enough for you, there is also a side of thick and creamy macaroni cheese. #foodcoma

This monster dish was actually invented by a bunch of Hawaiian teenagers to satisfy their post-sport food cravings back in the 1940’s. Thanks legends!

Our favourite Loco Moco picks:
– TEDS BAKERY – SUNSET BEACH (59- 024 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI)

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1. POKE

Traditional poke is a mixture of cubed raw ahi (tuna) salty seaweed, crunchy sweet onions and rice. The word poke (pronounced as poh-keh) is Hawaiian meaning “to slice or cut crosswise into pieces”. Although ahi is still a popular choice, traditional poke has been given a captivating twist with people being able to create their own take on the taste fuelled bowl.

Whether you choose to add mango and coconut, or tako (octopus) with ginger and garlic, you are sure to find a combination that tickles your taste buds in just the right way.

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Our favourite Poke picks:
– KAHUKU SUPERETTE – (56-505 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731, USA)
– FOODLAND – ON THE NORTH SHORE (59- 720 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI)
– AJI LIMO FOOD TRUCK – (Food Truck Markets, across from Shark Cove, Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI) *Suggestion try the Thai poke bowl.

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That’s a wrap! or a bowl…

Comment below with your favourite Hawaiian foods 🙂