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Top 10 Local and Fusion Food Hawaii is Known For

January 10, 2020

When it comes to mouthwatering fusion cuisine, Hawaii is definitely a melting pot of various culinary delights! More than just being a beautiful tropical destination, the Hawaiian Islands also offer an array of tasty experiences that you wouldn’t want to miss out on! In fact, in Maui alone, there are more than a hundred restaurants to choose from, featuring a variety of local and fusion food known in Hawaii.

If you are visiting paradise and wanted to get a taste of the most popular local Hawaiian dishes, here are 10 of the top foods to try in Maui!

Hawaiian Plate

The perfect hodgepodge of Hawaiian flavors? What you need is a Hawaiian plate! With a scoop or two of white sticky rice, a few slices of kalua pig or chicken lau lau, lomi salmon or pipikaula, a portion of poi, and a serving of haupia or kulolo for dessert. A plate of Hawaiian goodness that you can mix and match to suit your taste.

Spam Musubi

A well-known quick lunch or snack choice in Hawaii, the spam musubi is made using a slice of grilled Spam, which is then tied to a block of rice using nori. This sushi-inspired pupu dish is a great to-go meal for those who are traveling from one part of the island to another.

Shave Ice

This popular frozen treat is a must-try, especially during the summer seasons in Hawaii. As part of the island’s farm-to-table efforts, you can grab a bowl of this healthy, delicious and all-natural dessert in many restaurants all over Maui. The Hawaiian shave ice comes with different varieties, with different types of fruits combined in a bowl, with milk or syrup, along with a scoop or two of ice cream.

Acai Bowl

Something healthy and delicious for breakfast? Why not start your day right with a healthy serving of an acai bowl. This wonderful mix of goodness is composed of bananas, granola, strawberries, blueberries, and mashed frozen acai. Different restaurants and snack bars in Hawaii serves different varieties of this lovely bowl of healthy meals, with some serving it with smoothies or hand-pounded taro.

Luau Stew

A great Hawaii comfort food that, for locals, will surely bring back memories of the old times. Made using taro leaves, cooked until it reaches a melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Many Hawaiian restaurants serve it using their own versions, with some flavoring the stew with beef brisket, coconut milk, ginger, pepper or seaweed.


This simple bowl of chunky raw fish salad is the savory dish you need for a fresh and delicious to-go meal. A traditional Hawaiian poke is made using some of the freshest fish or octopus meat, sliced into chunks and mixed with crushed kukui nuts, and limu kohu. Other varieties incorporate other ingredients, such as tofu, soy sauce, onions, garlic, and ginger. Many restaurants offer this great dish, with some specializing on different types of poke dishes that are great for takeout.

Strawberry Mochi

Another delicious dessert that you should try in Hawaii is the strawberry mochi. This sweet and chewy Japanese rice cake comes in a variety of forms, but this freshly baked mochi cake filled with red bean paste and a whole strawberry is sure to become a new favorite.


Perfect during cold rainy days, a warm bowl of saimin is all you need to energize you. Saimin, a Chinese egg noodle soup, is another great example of fusion dishes that developed as time went by, the saimin is now incorporated with a variety of ingredients, such as kimchi, Spam, sausages, green onions, and more. Depending on your preference, you can stick to the original flavor or try one of the many versions that are available in different saimin shops on the island.

Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie

A layer of dark chocolate custard cream topped with a generous coating of white silky haupia, a chocolate haupia cream pie will surely satiate your cravings for some sweetness. Sink your sweet tooth in a slice of this cream pie that is served in various Hawaiian restaurants and luaus and enjoy the goodness of the traditional coconut milk concoction with a twist.

Loco Moco

Another comfort food to add to your list of must-try dishes in Hawaii is the loco moco. This delicious dish is composed of white rice with burger patties and sunny side fried eggs on top, then covered by a generous serving of rich, brown gravy. Apart from the classic version, many restaurants in Maui serves loco moco with braised beef instead of burger patties.

Whether you are looking for a sweet dessert, a healthy breakfast meal or a filling lunch, the island of Maui has a variety of delicious dishes for you to enjoy. And if you are looking for food items that you’d like to bring home to your friends and family as gifts from Maui, then you might want to check out our large selection of local produce, food and beverages.

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