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10 Local Foods to Try in Hawaii

Are you traveling to Hawaii in the near future? Are you looking forward to the many unique experiences you’re sure to face? Are you ready to try the many local foods that are known for being among the best in the world?

Although there is a lot that goes into planning a trip to one of the Hawaiian Islands, once you have all the details in place everything will come together.

Before you leave home, make a list of the many things you want to experience upon arriving at your destination.

Tip: make sure you pack everything you need to enjoy your trip, including clothes for all occasions. You never know when you’ll have to put on your formal attire as to visit a restaurant that serves the local cuisine you’ve been dreaming of.

Here are 10 local foods to try in Hawaii:

  1. The Hawaiian Plate

This sounds a bit vague, but you’ll want to seek out this treat as soon as you arrive.

It all starts with a scoop of rice, accompanied by chicken, pork, or kalua pig. Of course, you won’t want to miss out on the side of poi, kulolo, or haupia.

You can find this meal at many restaurants and roadside stands, so keep your eyes open.

  1. Pineapple

Yes, it’s true. Hawaii really is one of the best places in the world for eating pineapple. If you’re going to visit any of the islands, don’t leave until you take the time to eat some form of pineapple.

Who knows, you may find your new favorite fruit!

  1. Shaved Ice

Yes, you can find this in almost every corner of the United States, but you’ll get the best of the best when you visit Hawaii.

With all natural syrups, you’ll quickly fall in love with the way this treat makes your taste buds dance.

  1. Coconut

It’s hard to go anywhere in Hawaii without seeing some form of coconut treat.

It doesn’t matter if you eat it plain or with your favorite dessert, nothing changes the fact that this fruit is what Hawaii is all about.

If you really want to get into the mood, climb a tree and grab your own coconut!

  1. Poke

This is one of the most interesting dishes served in Hawaii.

The nice thing about this meal, which can be best described as a raw-fish salad, is that you can find it in a variety of settings.

Some people enjoy eating it at the beach, while others order it in fine dining restaurants every chance they get. It’s a versatile meal that’s well worth trying.

  1. Mochi

Outsiders don’t realize that Mochi, also known as a Japanese rice cake, is a popular food in Hawaii.

Best yet, it comes in a variety of forms. From Mochi ice cream to Mochi shaved ice, don’t hesitate to give it a try.

  1. Acai Bowl

As you may know, there are many health benefits of acai. For this reason, along with the great taste, locals have fall in love with acai bowls.

When visiting, you’ll want to seek out one of these bowls the first chance you get. The combination of sweet flavors will have you wondering why you waited so long to give acai a try.

  1. Seafood Pizza

This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s also every bit as tasty as you would expect.

Even if you aren’t a big fan of pizza, you’ll want to give this dish a try. It can be ordered with a variety of toppings, so keep an open mind.

  1. Haupia Cream Pie

Are you a pie lover? If so, Haupia cream pie is one that you need to try when visiting Hawaii.

From the flaky crust to the custard cream, you’ll enjoy every bite you take.

  1. Manapua

Hundreds of years ago Chinese immigrants brought this food to Hawaii. And guess what? It’s been growing in popularity ever since.

The light, white bun filled with sweet char siu pork provides a unique taste that will have you asking for more soon enough.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. If you have a Hawaiian vacation planned, make sure you seek out each and every one of these foods.

Victoria Howes is an entrepreneur, traveler and consultant.  Follow her adventures at