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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!

1. Hawaiian Acai Bowls

Acai bowls became really popular on the mainland a few years ago, but Hawaiian versions include coconut flakes, poi (pounded taro), pitaya (dragonfruit), guava, bee pollen, and always EXTRA honey. Yum.


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 👍🏾.

14. Taro Sweet Bread Rolls

I love to pull them apart, cut them in half, butter them — sometimes with liliko'i or mango butter, stick them in the microwave, and eat them warm and gooey. Hell yes.


20. Roselani's Ice Cream

Creamy, heavenly, ice cream and sherbets that comes in a bunch of local flavors like Haupia, Classic Macadamia Nut, and Kona Coffee.

21. Ted's Bakery Pies

Out-of-this-world pies, that are coated in whipped cream, come in delicious local flavors, and are made on the North Shore of O'ahu.

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.


28. Lau Lau

Another traditional Hawaiian dish, it's pork wrapped in luau leaves and steamed for hours until it's tender and falling apart. So ono with rice, lomi salmon, and squid luau.

29. Macadamia Nut Pancakes

Whether you crave sweets for breakfast or not, you need to try these creamy delicious pancakes, most popularly served at places like Boots and Kimo's and Honolulu Coffee.

30. Lihing Pickled Mango

It'll satisfy your sweet and salty cravings. All you need is green mango slices, white and apple cider vinegar, li hing mui seeds (salty dried plum seeds), Hawaiian salt, and sugar.

31. Macadamia Nut Candies

You've probably seen these because they're Hawaiians' go-to party favors and thank you-gifts. You can even buy some of the chocolate macadamia nuts in select Costcos now.