Sampling Hawaii’s Local-style Delicacies
Hungry and curious? Hawaii boasts a wealth of unique “local-style” foods for every visitor’s palette. Here are some yummies to try:
Ahi: yellowfin tuna
Chicken Luau: chicken cooked with taro leaf and coconut milk
Haupia: coconut pudding
Kulolo: taro pudding
Lau lau: pork, butterfish, beef or chicken wrapped in taro leaf and steamed in an imu (underground oven)
Lilikoi: passion fruit
Loco Moco: a fried egg on top of a hamburger on top of a pile of rice, all smothered in brown gravy.
Lomi Lomi Salmon: cold diced salmon, tomatoes and onion
Maui Onion: mild white onion, with sweetness similar to a Vidalia onion
Ohelo Berry: bright red, similar to a huckleberry, used in jams and preserves
Opakapaka: pink snapper
Poi: staple starch of the Hawaiian diet, made from boiled taro root.
Poke: raw fish with seaweed and sesame oil
Shave Ice: freshly shaved ice drenched in a sweet syrup – lighter and flakier than a snow cone
Spam: Well, never mind.
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