Must try Hawaiian specialty foods
Greetings everyone from Vancouver Canada,
We are thrilled to be going to Maui next week. We are foodies and interested in trying (and/or buying to take home) food items that are unique to the local market. It could be just a local ingredient, a unique hawaiian producer...anything special to the area that you think we absolutely need to "try before we die" ...things we can't eat or buy at home.
So far, I am aware of shaved ice, macadamia nuts, poke, lehua honey, kona coffee and crackseeds. I'm sure there is lots more.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts...and any suggestion or where to get the best would be awesome too!
Pua'a kalua (pig baked in the imu-earth oven), poi, 100 fish and fruit you've never heard of, taro hashbrowns and chips, squid lu'au. Opihi (limpets), pa'akai (native salt), limu (seaweed), apple ma'i (banannas), boiled peanuts, loud Maui onion, blue sweetpotatoes, pineapple. Loco Moco. SPAM wasubi, chicken long rice, Huli-huli chicken, Lomilomi salmon, ika mata (fish cold-cooked in coconut milk and lime).
PS Try Hali'imaile General Store for good grinds.
Poke-raw ahi tuna with seasonings and spices including sesame, soy, ginger, garlic, chili pepper, etc.
It's a variation of tuna tartare, so probably not technically, Hawaiian specialty, but I had never tried it until I was in Hawaii and it is everywhere there. There are tons of different varieties and it makes for a perfect light lunch or dinner. The fish is so fresh and it is very refreshing.