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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?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      Enjoy....

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      1. re: roro808

        Poke does indeed rule. I've enjoyed it in many places and many flavors. We bought a lot of it at the Superette on the North Shore, near Turtle Bay. There were several places in Honolulu. It's easily my favorite lunch item.

        1. re: Tom from Raleigh

          I spent 2 weeks in Hawaii and demanded to eat poke every day. It's now a weekly family dinner...love it!

        2. re: roro808

          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.

          1. re: emu48

            The best Issan sausages I've found (so far) on Oahu come from Thai Town Café, 1311 N. King St., #F-06, 842-449. Theirs are leaner and don't have the big globs of fat others have, but they still have that special sour and fermented taste.

            1. re: Joebob

              Thanks, joebob. I'm visiting Oahu. Like try dose buggahs.

              1. re: emu48

                Suddenly realized that I gave an incomplete telephone number (sorry) when I tried to call them to check if they were still open. I haven't heard about them in a while. I will try to get more info.

        3. Anybody else like poi? I loved it 25 years ago.

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          1. re: FrankJBN

            I have had good poi (Alan Wong's New Wave Lu`au II), and then bad poi, that tasted like dirt. When good, it is very enjoyable, but when bad... well, it's bad.

            Hunt

          2. 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!

            1. 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

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              1. re: BecaC

                If you want a similar, non-stringy mango, look for imported Indian mangoes (Alphonso, Kesar, etc) when they are in season.