What was the most memorable thing you ate in Hawaii?
When I visited O'ahu, we had Lot of great food. The abalone at KCC Farmer's market was killer. We loved so the papayas and guava. The beer from Maui brewing was great as well (Kona beer is brewed in OR, so stick with Maui). Above all though, the most transcendent food was...wait fot it...avocado. I love avocados and the ones we bought had a citrus quality that was amazing. What was the most stand out item others tried?
Yes, the avocados are special. But so are apple bananas and fresh lychee and pink dragon fruit and local oranges and fresh pollution-free fish, of course.
If you never venture local style stuff, try poke's - raw/cooked seafood salad - marinated in variations of shoyu, chili, sesame oil and seeds, seaweeds in different levels of spiciness. Once you are hooked, you will never forget this stuff.... Don't think they sell these at the farmers market - you need to go to a local store or grocery stores sell them as well. Once you are hooked with this stuff, you will not forget the taste of it.
II recently left Hawaii after more than 20 years there. Poke ... especially ahi limu poke, or ahi poke with ground kukui nuts ... is the one food I miss the most. I miss poi too ... two- or three-day-old poi, which is more flavorful than fresh-made. But poi can be hard to find sometimes, even in Hawaii. Poke was something I ate every week.
Oh ... and Essan (northern Thai) sausages, which you can only get at one or two tiny Thai grocery stores or from a lady in the Maunakea food court in Chinatown, Honolulu.
This year we were wow'd by the fish & Chips at Honu, Maui. Perfection!
A seat by turtle town while dining wasn't bad either!
the mangoes-so sweet, juicy, and not at all stringy like the ones that arrive in the continental US grocery stores.
the dragon fruits, guava, passion fruits purchased at farm stands
the deep purple color and amazing flavors of the locally caught ahi
the kona coffee found in the offbeat, local coffee houses