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Apr 26, 2011 03:04 PM

Favorite Food gifts (omiyage) to bring home from Oahu

We'll be in Oahu & would like to bring back food gifts for family (and ourselves, of course). Nothing liquid or really bulky- traveling with tons of baby gear is tough enough! Love to bring gifts that we can't get at home (California). We're making a stop at Don Quixote & the Swapmeet- anything we can get there?

What's your favorite... (stuff you love to pick up at the grocery/snack stores)

* Snack stuff- Cookies, crackers, li hing mui (which brands?), chips... My fav so far is Betty's Best cornflake cookies.
* Salad dressing - dried packages
* Marinades, herb mixes, seasonings
* Hawaiian bread- that's for us while we're there. There are a ton of different brands... is there a favorite?
* Candy - We're definitely getting caramacs- any other favorites?
* Drink mixes?
* Dried fruit- any Hawaiian fruits dried? (We have dried mangos, papaya, pineapple at home)
* Tea- which brands/ flavors are your favorite?
* Microwave popcorn- wasn't a fan of the hurricane popcorn- possibly the wrong brand?

Open to any other ideas you have!


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  1. We always stop at the Costco near the airport and can find things for ourselves and family back home. Stuff like Kona coffee, they have your multi-caramac packages you name it. I could stuff a whole suitcase with the selection of Portuguese sasuage they carry.
    One friend always brings us mochi filled with peanut butter, it's a semi-famous kind of place.

    1. they now make mauna loa macadamia kisses that (apparently) you can only buy in Hawaii. Longs/CVS, wall mart, foodland, safeway, k-mart, target, etc. all carry them here.

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      1. re: KaimukiMan

        I have friends who are crazy over those macadamia Hershey's Kisses.

        Honolulu Cookie Company pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies

        Spam-flavored macadamia nuts (pretty good -- the Spam taste is very light) and Hamakua Plantation wasabi macs

        I like the Hawaiian Host dark chocolate macs

        Dried li hing mango (dried mango sprinkled with li hing)

        Won Ton Chips (the only place that consistently seems to have them is Foodland; expensive, but very addictive).

        I'm a fan of the peanut butter-filled mochi, too. You can get them at the mochi stand in the food court in Ala Moana, or on the second floor of Shirokiya (also at Ala Moana).

        1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

        1. re: Debbie M

          Maebo Won Ton Chips are the best! They are the ones with the weightlifter on the package they are made in Hilo.

      2. If your at Costco or anywhere else in Honolulu always buy the WHOLE MAC NUT Chocolate covered Nuts by HAWAIIAN HOST and not the bits and pieces of Mac Nuts from the other guys, even though they are cheaper.
        Also you can have our favorite: Greenwell Farms 100% Pure Kona Coffee sent by UPS directly to your address on the Mainland.
        What's hilarious is I have Peet's Major Dickason's sent to our home in Honolulu from SF Monthly.

        A' Hui Hou

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        1. re: russkar

          Peet's Major Dickason is not hilarious! It's a great coffee, and if I lived on Oahu I would have it sent, too.

          1. re: Tripeler

            I also order Equator "bouchon" , French Laundry. Blue Bottle A-16, Giant Steps, etc.

        2. Very upscale: Chocolates from Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, 20-A Kainehe St., Kailua. Oahu, 808-230-8228,

          1. Chi chi dangos from Nishoddo's on Dillingham Blvd. (behind the old Spot Inn) is always a popular favorite. Go to WalMart or Don Quijote and pick up candies/seeds and kakimochi stuffs which I find are cheaper than Wholesale Unlimited. Costco and Sams have occasional coupon sales which can save you some cash also.