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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!

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11. Liliko'i Butter

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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

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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.!

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17. Spam Musubis

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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.

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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

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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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