Hawaiian food is becoming extremely popular. Almost every corner in food hotspots around the world is now selling poké, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other Hawaiian delicacies to be found!

Hawaiian cuisine has a unique flavor that is completely it’s own. The typical table is filled with Japanese, Filipino, and Chinese ingredients.

Hawaii is a melting pot of ethnic flavors. The locals bring their own dishes from all over the world to create a dynamic fusion of flavors.

Are you hungry yet? Ready to try some delicious local delicacies in Hawaii? Here are my top ten local foods to try in the islands!

kalua pork

Kalua Pork

This is the star of any luau party! In Hawaiian, kālua means to cook something in an underground oven. You’ll see a lot of meats labeled with kālua especially kālua pig/pork. This means it was cooked underground.

Kālua meat is usually served with sweet potatoes and/or mashed taro root. You can also find places serving it up BBQ style, slathered in barbecue sauce with a side of slaw.

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Poké is a Hawaiian raw fish dish that makes many islanders happy. The original recipe was made with a unique type of sea salt called pa’akai, along with roasted candlenuts and limu. While the ingredients sound exotic, the finished dish is mild so that it can be delicious. ultra-fresh seafood can take centerstage.

Lau Lau

All over Hawaii are little green balls being served up. These tasty treats are pieces of meat or fish wrapped up in taro leaves.

In Hawaii, poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish consisting of raw fish mixed with salt and kukui nuts. In modern times, you will often find it steamed or baked in an oven. It’s just as tasty as ever!


Poi is a dish that is commonly served alongside poi at luaus. This purple-gray mushy looking stuff is an acquired taste, but an essential Hawaiian flavor nonetheless.


As dynamic as the culture of Hawaii is, it seems to include a local take on the Chinese egg-noodle soup. As generations of immigrants become more diverse, saimin began to include Korean kimchi, Portuguese sausage and Spam.

spam musubi

Spam Musubi

Minnesota’s greatest export is known as Spam. If you’ve never tried it, then it’s about time that you did. Not only is Spam a great foodstuff for your taste buds, but it is also an excellent cooking ingredient. So why not try it in a new recipe such as a Spam Mus It’s going to be.


Similar to Chinese buns you will find these tasty sandwiches. One filled with chicken or beans, then answer one of Hawaii’s most divisive questions: Steamed or baked?

Try both!

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Shave Ice

The world owes Taiwan big-time for providing us the sweet summer treat known as shaved ice. Luckily, it was developed in Taiwan way back in the seventh century, and you will now find it all over the islands. While snow cones are made with crushed ice this cool stuff is shaved.

And you definitely won’t be choosing between mystery red or blue favors!

In Hawaii, shave ice is topped with fresh fruit juices from local fruits like guava pineapple coconut lychee kiwi passion fruit. You will also find options with a “snow cap” or “Japanese style” topping. This tasty option is topped with sweet syrup.

loco moco

Loco Moco

If you find yourself in Hilo, Hawaii, be sure to stop by The Lincoln Grill and Café 100. They both claim to have invented the famous loco moco.

We will never know who really whipped up the masterpiece but it’s definitely worth hearing both sides to the story. A rice and egg dish served with a hamburger patty on top, this is the quintessential Hawaii comfort food.

Huli Huli Chicken

This is the perfect picnic food!

Visit a Huli Huli chicken stand when you’re out and about. Grab yourself a delicious chicken with soy-sauce marinated in brown sugar. Then, for the main dish, get yourself some coleslaw and macaroni salad to complete the meal.

huli huli chicken


Grab a plate lunch and malasada too! Plate lunches are perfect for any lazy afternoon. The sandwich is typically chicken or pork, rice with macaroni salad, and coleslaw.

A few centuries ago, Portuguese immigrants brought out the famous malasada. The world’s best donut is deep-fried to crispy perfection then rolled in sugar.

Have you tried any of these Hawaiian foods? What would you add to this list?