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Food Culture in Hawaii

With our bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, fertile upland cattle farms and Pacific Ocean waters teeming with sashimi-grade fish, Hawaiian cuisine is a colorful tapestry of traditions and flavors. Here, ancient customs meet international influences brought to Hawaii over hundreds of years, giving local food culture more layers than a Maui onion. From dawn until well past dusk, Hawaii offers visitors a dizzying menu of culinary wonders, including the islands’ own Hawaii Regional Cuisine, which blends the islands’ diverse flavors with the fruits of Hawaii’s farms and plantations.

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. 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 scoops 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 and custardy coconut haupia.

One more thing you need to know: the Hawaiian word for "delicious" is ono!

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Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Created by 12 pioneering chefs, Hawaii Regional Cuisine leverages the freshest island ingredients including locally raised cattle, fish from local waters and fruits and vegetables grown in volcanic soil.

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Farmers Markets

Sweet lilikoi (passion fruit). Succulent pineapples. Even fresh-baked banana bread and local macadamia nuts. Hawaii's farmers markets give new meaning to the word "fresh."

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Farm and Agriculture Tours

Discover the agricultural cornucopia growing in Hawaii's rich, volcanic soil.

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Hawaiian Luau

No trip to Hawaii is complete without attending one of these traditional celebrations of food and culture. Feast on kalua pork cooked in an imu (underground oven), laulau (beef, pork, chicken or fish wrapped in taro leaves) and poi (taro starch) while hula dancers tell stories through their graceful movements. 

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Hawaii
Pahu i'a
72-100 Ka' upulehu Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Pahui'a (Hawaiian for aquarium), the signature oceanfront dining experience at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai - offering a menu of the freshest island fish, seafood, meat and produce with influences from around the Pacific.

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Hawaii
Huggo's
75-5828 Kahakai Road
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Huggo's is nestled in the heart of Kailua Kona and specializes in award-winning entrees like fresh island fish and beautiful sunsets. Reservations required. "Huggo's on the rocks" is the perfect setting for lunch or pupus & cocktails at the ocean's edge.

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Hawaii
Beach Tree Bar & Grill
72-100 Kaupulehu Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Featuring succulent cuts of beef, tender free-range game and fresh island seafood, the ocean side Beach Tree Bar & Grill offers exceptional grilled items in a relaxed setting. Specialty nights include the signature Surf, Sand and Stars Barbecue buffet.

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Maui
Ko Restaurant
4100 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea Maui, HI 96753
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Ko offers cuisine reflective of the many cultures of Hawaii's sugarcane plantation era. The menu is inspired by the rich history and culinary traditions of Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese cultures.

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Maui
The Banyan Tree
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
One Ritz Carlton Drive
Kapalua, HI 96761
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The Banyan Tree features farm-to-fork concepts highlighting locally sourced ingredients, including those from the hotel’s abundant organic garden. Hawaii’s freshest fish, meat and produce are prepared with simplicity for the perfect flavor balance.

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Oahu
Seaside Grill
5000 Kahala Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
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With a direct view of the Pacific Ocean, Seaside Grill is perfect for lunch after a relaxing morning at the pool, a swim with the Dolphins, beach activities or a shopping excursion to Waikiki. Lunch is served at beachside tables, with views of the ocean and beach activity.

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Oahu
Hideout
2299 Kuhio Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
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A warm greenhouse-style restaurant offering Hawaii Regional Cuisine featuring fresh fish, local produce and inventive appetizers such as prized musubi topped with house made spam.

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