Halekulani is a luxurious and iconic Hawaii hotel. Located in Waikiki, Halekulani also has great dining (think coconut cake, afternoon tea at Orchids and sunset mai tais at House Without a Key). Put it high on your list of Hawaii hotels to visit and stay. Halekulani is a Hawaiian word. It translates to, house befitting …
Poke is Hawaiian dish of diced raw ahi tuna mixed with Hawaiian sea salt, inamona (kukui nuts), and ogo (seaweed). There are many variations. Poke is so trendy now, but we ate this often growing up in Hawaii! Big poke platter at Pono Market (Kauai) Nothing so nice like poke and rice!
Maguro Brothers Hawaii is a wonderful place in Honolulu for super fresh sashimi, grilled fish, and ahi poke over rice. We love this place! King salmon sashimi on rice, add uni. Eaten in the car! Super fresh King salmon sashimi and uni! What is this bliss?
Yama's Fish Market is one of Hawaii's best Hawaiian food spots. It's loved by locals for housemade lau lau, ahi poke (many different options!), and the dreamiest haupia desserts. Hawaiian Plate #7 at Yama's Fish Market There are two Oahu Hawaiian food spots I mention often on this blog:
Mac salad is a staple side dish in Hawaii. Our version is unique to the islands, often a bit tangy and loaded with add-ins like kamaboko and 'ulu (breadfruit). Mac salad (with chicken katsu and rice) at Gochi Grill (Oahu) We love to eat mac salad in Hawaii.
Opihi is a Hawaiian delicacy. It's a limpet that lives on seaside rocks (they are notoriously hard to pry off). Remove the shell and eat them raw or cooked. Cleaning and eating raw opihi at home These tiny gems are often called "baby abalone."
San Francisco is rich with Hawaii-influenced food. From shave ice to homemade spam and butter mochi, it's easy to find a taste of Hawaii in SF. Homemade POG at Boba Guys Did you know there are lots of Hawaii people in San Francisco?
POG stands for Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava! It's a chilled fruit juice that was invented on the island of Maui, and is now popular worldwide. Homemade POG juice
Costco is a big deal in Hawaii. Everyone loves Costco because they do a great job stocking the local, Hawaii-only eats! Here's what to get at Costco Hawaii. The famous macadamia nuts at Costco Hawaii Costco Hawaii There's no place like Costco on a Sunday morning in Hawaii. It is packed. Costco is busy on …
Waiola Shave Ice is a famous shave ice store in Hawaii. They have all the classics flavors, plus Hawaii-only treats like li hing mui, lychee, and lilikoi! Li hing mui and lilikoi with snowcap at Waiola Shave Ice Look for the blue store on the corner of Waiola and Paani Street.
Poi is the staple starch of Hawaiian food. Made from the root of the taro (kalo) plant, it's sticky, sweet, and a bit sour. It's a Hawaii must-try food. Fresh bags of poi, still warm! Purple and sticky. Sweet and Sour. What is this?