Hawaii's Cuisine

 

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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
From dawn until well past dusk, Hawaii offers visitors a dizzying menu of culinary wonders including the islands’ own Regional Cuisine which blends the islands’ diverse, ethnic flavors with the fruits of Hawaii’s farms and plantations. Originally created by an even dozen Hawaii chefs, this is a movement that leverages the freshest island ingredients including locally-raised cattle, fish from local waters, and fruits and vegetables grown in volcanic soil.

Farm to Table
You can actually witness the entire farm to table process in Hawaii by taking walking tours of farms, gardens, ranches, and pasturelands. On an upcountry farm on Maui, you can pick a sweet Maui onion; you can take a taro farm tour on Kauai and sample fresh Waimanalo greens at dozens of Oahu restaurants; on Hawaii, the Big Island, you can take a coffee tour along the upland slopes of Kona; and throughout the islands, you can visit some of America’s most lavish farmers’ markets. Needless to say, no tour is worth the effort unless you get to sample the food (fortunately, that’s the case almost 100% of the time).

Eating Like a Local
In Hawaii, our palates have been influenced by generations of immigrants from around the globe, so it’s no surprise that our melting pot is filled with countless ethnic specialties. Local tastes are as varied as you’ll find anywhere in the world but there are local delicacies that are more or less exclusive to Hawaii residents. Street food in the islands reaches its zenith in the plate lunch, served on a paper plate and featuring everything from teriyaki beef with two scoop rice to the Japanese hybrid, spam musubi. Locals are also drawn to loco moco breakfasts (white rice topped with a hamburger, fried egg, and brown gravy), exotically-flavored shave ice (finely-shaven ice), and custardy, coconut haupia. One more thing you need to know: the Hawaiian word for ‘delicious’ is ‘ono!’

To get you started, you’ll find a sampling of Hawaii culinary festivals, fairs, and more below. Or check out the local farmers’ markets.

Kauai Arts and Culture
Events:
Kauai Culinary Events

Farms and Markets:
Hanalei Taro & Juice Co./Haraguchi Rice Mill

 

Oahu Arts and Culture
Events:
Oahu Culinary Events

Farms and Markets



Molokai Arts and Culture

Molokai Culinary Events

Farms:
Coffees of Hawaii
Kumu Farms


Lanai Arts and Culture

Lanai Culinary Events


Maui Arts and Culture
Events:
Maui Culinary Events


Farms and Markets:
Alii Kula Lavender Farm

Kapalua Farms
4900 Honoapiilani Hwy.
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 665-5491

Oo Farm
Waipoli Road
Kula, HI 96790
(808) 667-4341

Orchids of Olinda
Shim Coffee and Protea Farm Tour
Surfing Goat Dairy

Tropical Gardens of Maui
200 Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 244-3085

 

Hawaii's Big Island Arts and Culture

Hawaii Island Culinary Events

Farms and Markets