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Hawaiian Foods to Sample

One of the absolute best things about traveling to new places is the food. There is nothing that compares to getting out of your culinary comfort zone and finding a new, sometimes exotic, food that you can’t get enough of. This is very common in foreign places, but as a domestic melting pot of cultures, Hawaii features a variety of fantastic foods for you to samples during your trip.

Get ready for your vacation by preparing your taste buds for Hawaiian foods to sample!

Poi
Many first time visitors are unaware of the existence of Poi, but it has been a staple to the Hawaiian diet for centuries. Made from the root of the Taro plant, mixing with water and crushing until it reaches the desired consistency. Making Poi is a very labor intensive process and is rooted in traditions that have been passed down from ancient Hawaiians, and is still a staple in traditional cuisine. You’ll be able to sample Poi at an authentic Hawaiian Luau, or at a number of local restaurants. 

Poke
If there is one thing that you have to try at least once during your visit, it might be Poke. The mixture of raw Ahi with any number of ingredients and seasoning is one of the most popular dishes in Hawaiian cuisine, and is a common menu item at restaurants all over the island. One of the best ways to enjoy Poke is to grab a to-go container, a few Kona Longboards, rice, and head for the beach in the late afternoon. Eating fresh Poke while the sunsets is about as local as you can get.

Kahlua Pork
Remember when we said that Poke is the one thing you might have to try? Well, Kahlua Pork can also fit into that category. Fresh from the underground over (or Imu in Hawaiian) comes a slow cooked pig that is the star of any luau buffet, or any standard dinner. The pork is so succulent, dripping with juices, and the flavor so unique that it is hard to believe there is no seasoning used. Only hot coals, banana leaves, and patience. Don’t feel about returning for 3rds, or 4ths.

The diverse cuisine of Hawaii is sure to play a big part of your trip. There is so much to taste and so many different cultures to seek out that you can easily fill a week’s worth of meals with the different styles and ethnicities. It is just a part of what makes Hawaii so special.

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