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31 Hawaiian-Style Foods You Should Try In This Lifetime

Poke bowls all day every day.

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Being born and raised in Hawai'i was amazing not just for the tropical weather, beautiful views, and wonderful people, but also because of the amazing food — what we like to call ~ono kine grindz~.

Here I've listed a few of my favorites. Unfortunately, I couldn't include them all, so if there's any that I missed and you feel strongly about it, please include them in the comments!


11. Liliko'i Butter / Via Instagram: @kasia_anouk

Liliko'i — meaning passion fruit in Hawaiian — butter is great to spread on everything from bread, to desserts, to oatmeal, and tastes best when it's bought from a truck on the side of the road 👍🏾.

15. Bubbie's Mochi Ice Cream / Via Instagram: @kociszon

Mochi is a sweet Japanese rice paste dessert and these ones come in different flavors and are stuffed with ice cream! You can buy boxes of them in Whole Foods around the U.S.!


17. Spam Musubis / Via Instagram: @brian.calilung

Spam musubis — spam fried in shoyu and wrapped with rice in nori — are the easy snack we grew up taking everywhere, whether it was to the beach, soccer games, or to hang out with friends.


22. Zippy's Chili

Zippy's is our equivalent of Denny's and their chili is amazing, especially with a scoop (or two) of rice. Selling Zippy's chili tickets was how we used to fundraise for my brothers' baseball teams — but a lot of times we would just end up using them ourselves.

23. Chicken Long Rice / Via Instagram: @c0oking_mama

This is our version of homey chicken noodle soup. It may look strange, but this is my favorite Hawaiian dish. A warm bowl of the long rice noodles, ginger, maui onion, green onion, Hawaiian sea salt, and chicken make for a happy Hawaiian.


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