When the Hawaiians came here around 450 A.D. they brought their own food; taro, sweet potato, bananas, pig, dog, and a kind of chicken. Fish and seaweed they found here to complete their basic diet. Broiling, boiling, baking in a pit, drying and salting were the main ways of preparing food.
Maui Potato Chips
Limited edition thick potato chips made by KitchnCook. A favorite to take home to the mainland.
Stew something in vinegar and garlic like the Filipinos do and you get adobo.
The Chinese cook this sweet pork roast.
These preserved, salted, sweetened and spiced fruit and seeds are found in most stores. Papaya, mango, lemon peel, coconut, plums all get the treatment. Experiment. You'll find some you really like and some will make you wonder why they bothered. Favorites are Lemon Peel and Li Hing Mui.
A custard made from fresh coconut milk and cornstarch.
They wrap a whole pig in ti and banana leaves and bake it in a pit. The meat comes out really tender and flavorful. Kalua pork is the centerpiece of any luau.
A Korean pickle of fermented cabbage and spices. Watch out! This can be fiery.
Make a bag of ti leaves, fill it with butterfish, pork, taro leaves, maybe sweet potato, and steam it for this Hawaiian favorite.
Several kinds of seaweed served raw or cooked into dishes. Mixed with ground kukui nuts, salt and sliced fish or octopus and you have poki.
Lomi Lomi Salmon
Salted salmon is shredded, mashed and mixed with tomatoes and green onions.
Portuguese holeless doughnuts that are sold hot, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
A steamed bun filled with pork or bean paste. One of the treats you'll find in local groceries and roadside stands.
Little limpets that cling to rocks along the tide line. They are picked and eaten on the spot.
The traditional Hawaiian starch is a root that is cooked and pounded into a purple paste. Poi is traditionally scooped up with the fingers. A taste you have to acquire.
Portuguese Bean Soup
Portuguese sausage, beans, vegetables cooked into a rich stew. Yum.
Chicken Long Rice
Clear noodles, that are slippery and that you can see through.
A watery noodle soup. A Hawaiian friend takes packages of dried saimin with him to the mainland so he will have good food to eat.
Bagoong and Harm Ha
Strong to very strong Filipino and Chinese fish sauces.
The Hawaiian version of the snow cone. Served with your choice of many flavored syrups. The pineapple flavoring is usually blue. The deluxe version has sweetened adzuki beans and a small scoop of ice cream.
Chocolate covered macadamia nuts
Tons are shipped to the mainland and tons more eaten here. Chocoholics dream.
Could be the state dish of Hawaii. A SPAM shaped block of rice with a slice of fried SPAM on top wrapped in black nori seaweed.
Note: In ancient Hawaii there were some foods that were forbidden to women.
You can find out a lot more on our Maui HI! Tour Guide CD-ROM
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