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10 Things To Get At Costco Hawaii

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 all days and at all hours. But come on a Sunday morning and it’s like wow. You’re also guaranteed to run into people. Your middle school friend’s mom! Your former co-worker! Your cousin! You get the point ^_^

“Going Costco” in Hawaii is like a really fun, non competitive sport. The samples are abundant, the people are nice (I miss the sample lady who always said, “it’s so good, it makes you want to go yeeeeee haw!!” I haven’t seen her in years, but she always made our visits feel extra special.)

Aside from getting great deals, Costco Hawaii makes a point to carry the good local stuff. The seafood section has fresh poke, they have local baked goods, snacks, and savory foods. If you’re visiting Hawaii for an extended period and plan to cook, stop by Costco and stock up on local goods. Also stop by Costco on your way to the airport to bring back fun Hawaii food gifts!

Below are the Costco Hawaii items we often purchase (I also noted options you can buy online in case you can’t make it to Costco Hawaii in person):

Hurricane Popcorn

I always pack this four-pack box of hurricane popcorn when I fly back to SF or NYC. It’s good to keep a few emergency packages at home (never know when someone will stop by), and people love it when you give it as little snack gifts. Everyone loves hurricane popcorn and this kit makes it easy. 

Hurricane Popcorn Online

You can also buy Hurricane Popcorn online. All you do is microwave the popcorn, toss it with the butter packet, and then toss again with the furikake and kakimochi

Lomi Lomi Salmon

Costco Hawaii carries the 32 ounce size of lomi lomi salmon from Taro Brand. Made from tomatoes, salted salmon, onions, and green onions, lomi lomi salmon is a refreshing “salad” that is essential to any Hawaiian meal.

Portuguese Sausage

Spam gets all the media attention, but we eat just as much (if not more) Portuguese sausage. Redondo’s the main Hawaii Portuguese sausage company (been around since 1949), it’s the tasty stuff.

I like it best at breakfast. Make rice, scramble eggs, and slice (like quarter inch thickness) and panfry the sausages. Sometimes I fry up several slices for afternoon snack. Hits the spot good.

Miso Butterfish

You know that miso black cod that Nobu’s made so famous? We’ve been eating that for years in Hawaii. We don’t treat it as a fancy dish, but something we make at home for a weeknight dinner. It’s easy to make your own (Miso Butterfish recipe here) but if you want one that’s already marinated (all you have to do is put in the oven for 15 minutes), Costco Hawaii has miso butterfish ready to go.

Saimin

Remember this saimin post? Stock up on all the fresh saimin noodles you need at Costco Hawaii! These big packs comes in handy when we have a bunch of friends/family over for saimin lunches. They also hold well in the freezer.

P.S. You can also use these noodles to make Fried Saimin and Dry Mein.

Macadamia Nuts

Visitors love them, locals love them, and all the Chinese grandparents really love them! These Mauna Loa macadamia nuts come in a pack of six small jars, good for snacking or gift giving. The nuts are roasted and you can get them plain, salted, or in sweet and savory flavors. 

Macadamia Nuts Online

You can also find macadamia nuts online in many different forms. I like the classic roasted with sea salt the best. There’s also mini single-serve triangles and mac nuts seasoned with Maui onion and garlic (that one is very cravable). 

Lau Lau

We always kept a six pack of this lau lau in the freezer growing up. It made for great lazy day meals when no one felt like cooking (though don’t forget to make rice 🙂 ). Lau lau is made of fatty pork and salted butterfish wrapped in lu’au leaves and ti leaves. It’s bundled into a little package and steamed. Lau lau is one of my favorite Hawaiian foods! Bigger post about lau lau here.

Poi

Now that you have the lau lau, lomi lomi salmon….what else are you missing? Poi! Don’t worry, Costco Hawaii also has you covered here with 16 ounce containers of poi from Kauai-based Hanalei Poi. 

Poke

See that sign? Fresh Poke Made Daily! Costco has great quality food across the board, and that also goes for their housemade poke. You’ll typically find ahi poke, but they sometimes also have poke made with other types of fish and seafood as well!

Grab a container, go back to the apt/home and cook rice. Cold poke + hot rice = classic Hawaii lunch/dinner. Here’s everything you need to know about poke in Hawaii

Kakimochi / Arare / Mochi Crunch

We eat lots of kakimochi in Hawaii. Kakimochi also goes by the name arare and mochi crunch! I hear them all equally. 

Eat kakimochi plain as a snack, use it to make you own version of hurricane popcorn, make kakimochi cookies (which are very popular in Hawaii, it’s like a crushed kakimochi studded shortbread), and even just toss it with li hing mui

Kakimochi Online

FYI, you can also get this same brand of kakimochi / arare online

Costco on Oahu, Big Island, and Maui

My go-to Costco location is Costco Iwilei in Honolulu (Oahu). This is one of the largest locations, they have the most stuff and the newest stuff. I’d consider it the “main” Costco in Hawaii. It’s conveniently close to the Honolulu airport.

There are also Costco locations on the Big Island and Maui. Each island may offer island-specific treats and it is fun browsing all the food sections to uncover these gems.

Ok, go enjoy Costco Hawaii! I’ll keep updating this list with more good local eats ^_^

Pauline

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Best place to buy dry ice in Honolulu? Want to bring back poke and mango cheesecake to SF Bay Area in a cooler. Thanks!

Lisa Crayton

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

just got back from waikiki 2 weeks ago.First time I had the mcdonald breakfast platter that comes with rice,sausage,spam and eggs.So delicious.I am ready to go back there.I see that I had missed a lot of good food but at least I know where to go next time.Do they sell these hawaiian foods at costco in Florida or I have to order on line?

Diana

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Does Maui Costco allow a visitor with a member?

Christine

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

SO helpful and looking forward to our trip to costco! Thank you!

Kathy

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Aloha Christine! Thanks so much for the kind comment and enjoy Hawaii! :) - Kathy