7 Foods You Have To Try In Hawaii

If you are planning to travel to Hawaii, you have probably visited www.pearlharboroahu.com, or checked the Road to Hana Maui tour packages to get some ideas about where to go and what to do in there. You might have also inquired about the possible hotel accommodations in Hawaii. What else have you missed?

Don’t forget to find about the foods in Hawaii. It  is important to be aware of the different kinds of cuisine there ahead of time, so you won’t miss anything before you go back home.

Some travelers regret of not being able to try certain native foods during their journey. To avoid such a scenario, you should list down the foods that you should look for.

Today, we will go through seven native foods you should try in Hawaii.

  1. Poi

Poi is a sticky violet paste which natives eat in various meals. It can be eaten with breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dinner.

Some people eat it alone, but most people eat it together with other dishes. It’s made by pounding and smashing taro root until it becomes sticky paste and has a sour taste to it.

  1. Lomi Salmon

Lomi-lomi is a popular type of massage, which is native to Hawaii, and the term “lomi” means “massage.”

Lomi salmon, on the other hand, is made through hand massage by chopping tomatoes, onions, and raw salmon, and by mixing or massaging them with hands. It is cured and is eaten raw.

  1. Lau Lau

In Hawaiian, “lau” means leaf, so “lau lau” means “leaf leaf.” This type of native Hawaiian food is prepared by wrapping pork or fish with taro leaves and tea leaves.

Then, lau lau will be cooked in an underground oven called imu. After a few hours, it becomes tender and ready to be served.

  1. Uala

Uala is the native term for sweet potato; however, uala is usually purple in color. Natives prepare and eat uala in many conventional ways.

Uala can be grilled, baked, fried, or steamed the way the people in mainland USA cook their potatoes.

  1. Kalua Pig

Kalua pig is a pig baked and smoked under the ground. The process is done by using an underground like oven. A pit is first dug and lined with hot rocks with the pig seasoned and wrapped in banana leaves.

Next the pig is buried and lined with wet burlap and more hot rocks. The process typically takes six to eight hours, but has been an island favorite. It’s a must try for anyone who has never had it. 

  1. Poke

Poke is raw fish chopped into pieces or cubes. Usually, tuna or squid are used in this preparation. This is made by mixing the raw pieces of fish with chopped onions, salt, chili pepper, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce.

The dish is served raw, so if you’re a lover a sushi it should be an interesting dish you may like. If you’re not a fan of sushi, you may not like poke.

  1. Squid Luau

“Luau” means leaves, and this native food uses taro leaves and coconut milk to cook squid or sometimes chicken, which is slow-cooked until it becomes tender.

This native dish is usually eaten together with white rice along with other side dishes such as poi.


When you visit another place, there are certainly different foods you may try for the first time. They might seem to be a new taste, but this cuisine has helped shape and define the Hawaii culture.

Author’s Bio:

Carl Aamodt is a super-connector with Towering SEO and OutreachMama, who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. He frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing, and focuses his efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending upon the industry and competition.

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