Hawaii is one of the most diverse states in America with many residents identifying themselves as multiracial. Hawaii’s diversity comes from its sugar plantation history of immigrants traveling from Asia and Portugal to work as farm laborers. The food from Hawaii is a unique blend of many different cultures and one of the many reasons that make Hawaii very special. In this months Aloha Corner, we share with you some of our favorite Hawaii foods.
POKE: There’s fish poke, tako (octopus) poke, tofu poke, and so many other types of poke. It’s a staple at beach BBQs and is the current food craze on the mainland.
MALASADA: Thank you to the Portuguese immigrants for introducing this delicious deep-fried, no-hole doughnut.
GARLIC SHRIMP: Garlic shrimp is a must get when you take a drive to the North Shore of Oahu.
LOCO MOCO: It sounds crazy; rice, a hamburger patty and egg with gravy all over. But, once you take a bite, you’ll probably eat it all.
SHAVE ICE: On the mainland it’s called a snow cone, but in Hawaii we call it shave ice. The perfect treat after a day at the beach.
ACAI BOWL: Have it as a meal or a snack, an acai bowl is packed with nutrients which is good for the body and soul.
SPAM MUSUBI: SPAM Musubi is a favorite to many in Hawaii. It’s easy to make, convenient to bring, and always be a popular hit with the kids.
LYCHEE: If you’ve never tried a lychee, then you’re missing out on one of the sweetest and most delicious fruits. The best way to have them is when you pluck them off the tree.
SAIMIN: Saimin is one of Hawaii’s favorite comfort foods. The warm broth and noodles brings back memories of the sugar plantation days or a meal with grandparents.
MOCHI ICE CREAM: Oprah Winfrey listed Bubbies Mochi Ice Cream as one of her favorite things. Some of our favorite flavors are sakura (cherry blossom), chocolate peanut butter, green tea, and mango.