Posted by: kauaikolea2 | June 29, 2011

Glorious Food for the Glorious Fourth of July

Breadfruit at Islander on the Beach, June 2011 

The long Fourth of July weekend is fast approaching and even if you are not on island but are on the mainland, you are probably thinking “cookout”, “picnic”, “company”, “need food”.  As mentioned in another posting (Maiden Voyage to Paradise), Hawaiian cusine is a great mixture of various cultures from Polynesian to Southeast Asian to European to Mainland USA.  What fun to have a Fourth of July celebrating midwestern potato salad, Maine lobster, New Jersey tomatoes, California avocados, and Hawaiian pineapple?  Here are some recipes to get you started.

Mango Chutney and Avocado Dip

Nice combination of tropics and California.  Serve with chips (taro or shimp or regular corn as for guacamole).

4 ripe avocados, peeled and chopped (and watch out for that seed!)

1/4 c mango chutney

2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into half

2 small limes, juiced

1 c tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped

Place 3 avocados, the chutney, garlic, and lime into a blender and puree.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the tomato and the fourth avocado and blend for a few seconds.  Do not make smooth, let it be chunky.  Serve to rave reviews.


This recipe is classic southern US Mainland.  You can change the ingredients to make it more “Hawaiian”, if you would like.  It keeps for a long time in the refrigerator, a recipe we call  liu liu (“cook in advance”).

2 c apricot jam or preserves (maybe something more Hawaiian?)

2 c pineapple jam or preserves

2/3 c prepared horseradish

2 T dry mustard powder

block of cream cheese or log of goat cheese (made on island!)

Blend jams, horseradish, and mustard powder.  Season with some freshly ground pepper, if you like.  Store in the refrigerator.  At party time, put block or log of cheese on a platter with ti leaves underneath to be pretty, and pour a generous amount of Jezebel over the cheese.  Serve with crackers. Sit back and be praised!

If your are not cooking kalua pig (see post on a recipe geared for folks who may not wish to have a whole baby pig perched on their backyard grill) and you do not want to barbeque the standard hot dogs and hamburgers, there is always SPAM.  Yep, SPAM, the ultimate Hawaiian meat (Hawaiians eat a lot of SPAM and even make it into a kind of sushi).  This recipe marries SPAM, pineapple, and Hawaiian sweet bread that is a treat unto itself.

1 (12-oz) can SPAM, cut into 8 slices

4 hamburger buns, preferably of Hawaiian sweet bread, split and toasted

1 (8-oz) can pineapple rings, drained

4 slices American cheese (Velvetta would be patriotic)

Grill or saute the SPAM until as crispy as you like it.  Place ring of pineapple on each toasted bun (or bread if buns not available); put SPAM on top, then slice of cheese.  Top with rest of bun or another slice of bread and enjoy!

For dessert, see postings for guri-guri, pineapple pie, and other recipes. Or make this traditional dessert:


4 c coconut milk

2 1/2 c water

1 1/4 c sugar

1 c cornstarch

Combine coconut milk and water and stir until smooth. Add the sugar and cornstarch. Cook over low heat, stirring, until thickened and glossy and shiny.  If haupia looks grainy, keep cooking as the fat in the coconut milk has not melted, but it will.  Chill and eat or pour into a pie shell (not traditional but good!).  A little toasted coconut would be a nice garnish.

Whatever you have for the Fourth of July feast, even if it is brats and beer or Frogmore Stew, have a wonderful holiday.


Come, celebrate with us!  View all our great Kauai vacation properties at our website:

Islander on the Beach

Unit 111: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

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Unit 222: Almost Ocean Front – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 250: Ocean Front – Second Floor – King Bed

Unit 361: Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kauai Beach Resort

Unit 1317: Lagoon/Partial Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kapaa Sands

Unit 7: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed

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