It’s July 4th weekend. That’s always a time to be thinking about family, friends and food. It brought to mind those special food products that people most associate with Hawaii. And which of those are the very best.
When you come to Hawaii, what groceries do you stock up on? And which of these do you plan to take home with you to extend your Hawaii vacation?
Visitors are always buying interesting products, and sometimes they spot things that we take for granted or don’t even notice ourselves.
Here’s the A list (in no particular order) that I’ve compiled thus far. What can you add to it?
Hawaii coffees. Molokai Muleskinner continues to be a favorite. I’ve been on their plantation and like what I see. If I’m going to the mainland and need gifts, I’ll see what coffee is on sale at Longs.
Locally produced cookies and chocolate. Big Island Candies for cookies and chocolate. It’s been a long time since I stopped at their Hilo factory. Kauai Cookies is another favorite and you can get free samples at their Hanapepe factory.
Breads. One of my favorite sources is from the truck-based oven at the Waimea (Big Island) farmers market. Another is the Hawaii Star English muffins, especially the poi variety.
Crackers. I like those from Diamond Bakery. Remember that Lavosh Hawaii crackers are actually from California. Who knew?
Alcoholic beverages. There’s a long list from around the state including wine from Volcano Winery and Koloa Rum.
Juices and Drinks. Mrs. Cheng’s Soy Milk is high on my list. I’ve only seen it sold on Oahu. Normally I pass on POG.
Chips. I like the Atebara chips from the Big Island that have been around for something like 75 years. There are just so many other choices to consider.
Granola. Kauai’s Anahola and Oahu’s Melissa’s. I also make my own and serve to Beat of Hawaii fans who stay with us.
Macadamia nuts. What else do you have to say. Salted, chocolate or plain. Yum.
Crack seed. These most popular local snacks come in all flavors and types. Typically they’re both sweet and salty. My favorite store is located Kaimuki in Honolulu.
Cheese. I’ve tried goat cheeses from Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai.
Honey. All of the islands produce local honey that’s simply superb.
Ice cream. The major brands include Tropilicious, Dave’s, Lappert’s, Roselani, Bubbie’s and more. One of my favorites is Ono Pops sold on Oahu. Obviously ice cream is very popular in Hawaii.
Seafood. Try local Hawaii fish of all kinds.There’s also local shellfish such as Lobster, crab, and shrimp. On Kauai I find good deals at Fish Express across from Wal-Mart.
Meat products. From locally produced Portuguese sausages to grass fed beef and local eggs.
Poke. From lomi lomi salmon to ahi shoya and beyond.
Sodas.Waialua Soda Works.
Mustards. Auntie Lillikoi’s award winning products are great.
Sauces and syrups. From pancake to barbeque.
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