If you’re a fan of food from Hawaii, please read on while waiting with us for the next Hawaii deals for spring, summer and fall. There are so many exceptional food items from the islands to sample on your next Hawaii vacation. We have featured one from each island that we know of personally to start the discussion. Add your favorites in the comments below.
We visited this five acre macadamia farm in Molokai at Ho`olehua. Molokai native and owner Tuddie is a wealth of information on the island and all things Hawaiian. The nuts are simply exceptional and reflect the family’s love for their work. In a pinch we’ll supplement with Hamakua macadamia nuts, available at at their store in Kawaihae on the Big Island as well as in more irregular shapes for less money at Hawaii Costco stores.
Long time Beat of Hawaii friend and follower Chris Kauwe is the purveyor of exceptional honeys and beeswax candles from around the south part of Kauai island. Be sure to find him at the local farmers markets and try his work. Our favorite is an ultra light colored honey he produces. It is like a cross between delectably floral honey and maple syrup. Simply the best.
Greens from Dean Okimoto’s Nalo Farms in Waimanalo are always a treat. You’ll find them at the Oahu farmers markets and at 130 Hawaii restaurants. With a plethora of varieties to choose from, one of our favorites is a bag of mixed baby lettuces. You’ll never go wrong no matter what you choose. It doesn’t get fresher unless you grow it yourself.
A favorite is the large and meaty textured Alii Oyster. Found in grocery stores and Costco stores on all of the islands. Other varieties are grown by Hamakua Mushrooms as well. Farm tours are offered.
Mushrooms are an expanding business in the islands, so you can expect to find local varieties on each island. Imports from the mainland pale by comparison.
You need look no further for exceptional Hawaii cheese and chocolates than national award winning Maui’s Surfing Goat Dairy. Their Kula Maui based farm offerings range from soft goat cheeses, to aged hard cheese, candies, soaps and more. Thirty different cheeses in total! Perennially delicious.