There is no other place on earth that has the diversity of cultural palates like Hawaiʻi. Food is an important element of culture in Hawaiʻi. Food is an opportunity for friends and families to gather and share experiences. The primary cultures represented here are Hawaiian, Caucasian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Filipino, Korean, Southeast Asian, Samoan, and other Pacific islanders. Evolution finds the food like the people – a melting pot of hybrids. Consequently, Hawaiʻi restaurants represent a staggering mix of cultural foods. On this site we’re focused on Hawaiian food restaurants which ironically are in short supply. We have also recommended several eateries that engage in “Pacific” cuisine, another way of saying “all mix up”. Once again, my disclaimer is that these are personal choices.
Oʻahu Hawaiian Food Establishments
These are some of my favorite restaurants.
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- Alan Wong’s
- Roy’s Restaurant
- Paina Café
- Chai’s Island Bistro
- Kakaʻako Kitchen
- Side Street Inn
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A Typical Hawaiian Menu
Traditionally laulau consists of pork and butterfish wrapped in taro leaves, however, many restaurants also serve laulau with chicken rather than pork.
Steamed luʻau (taro) leaves with coconut milk and sometimes squid.
- Paʻi ʻai / Poi
Paʻi ʻai is the steamed and pounded version of the taro root. Poi is also made from the taro root by steaming and pounding with the addition of water.
There are many different varieties of poke. The most common however is ʻahi sashimi with salt, and shoyu. Many poke varieties include different kinds of limu (seaweed) and other kinds of uncooked fish and squid.
- Lomi Salmon
Fresh uncooked salmon, tomatoes and onions. Usually served as a side dish to a Hawaiian meal with poi.
- Kālua Pig
Traditionally cooked in a imu (underground oven), kālua pig is shredded pork butt.
- pīpī kaula
Hawaiian-style beef jerky
Made from pounded taro root, coconut and coconut milk.
Coconut milk based Hawaiian dessert. It shares a similar consistency to a gelatin dessert.
A drink made from pounded kava oftentimes used in ceremonies.
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