Posted by: kauaikolea2 | November 16, 2011

Hawaii’s Favorite Foods


Local Grinds” is a term you will hear around the island.  You might be thinking about some fresh coffee, but instead you will find Hawaii’s unique mix of Island-style comfort foods.  Sample some while you are visiting, they are delicious treats.

Cookies: they come in assorted flavors baked on Kauai.  You will find them around the island.  One local baker is Kauai Kookies.

Haupia:  this is a delicious coconut pudding, sure to tantalize you.

Kalua Pig: finely cooked pork in an imu which is an underground oven.  The pork is wrapped in ti leaves and smoked.

Laulau: local fish and pork that is wrapped in taro and ti leaves

Loco Moco: this is an island favorite.  Hamburger patty that is server with gravy and topped with eggs

Lomilomi Salmon: the finest raw, salted salmon combined with diced tomatoes and Maui onions

Malasada: Portuguese donut without a hole in the middle that is rolled in sugar

Manapua: a soft bun that is filled with meat that is steamed or baked

Mochi: Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice, a lot of time they are wrapped around ice cream

Plate Lunch: consists of two scoops of white rice, one scoop of fresh macaroni salad and one main entree

Poi:  delicious mashed taro root

Poke: seasonal raw fish salad

PuPu: an Island appetizer

Saimin: noodle soup with meats, vegetables and dumplings

SPAM musubi: salted rice block under a slice of meat, wrapped with nori seaweed

Be sure to experience some local tastes and flavors during your visit.

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