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A trip to Hawaii wouldn’t be complete without at least one meal of loco moco, a plate of burgers atop a pile of fluffy rice, hidden beneath a fried egg and lashings of gravy. It may not look the prettiest, but the proof is in the eating. In case you were wondering…
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Another local favourite is ahi poke, a raw salad of diced sashimi-grade tuna, marinated in a mixture of sea salt, soy sauce, inamona and sesame oil. It’s mostly served in lettuce cups, with chillies and spring onions as a garnish. Delicious and nutritious. Did you know that…
More Spam is consumed per capita in Hawaii than anywhere else in the US. Fact. A particularly tasty local snack is Spam musubi, which consists of a slab of Spam atop sushi rice, wrapped in nori (seaweed). We promise it’s nicer than it sounds. Try it for breakfast. Bet you didn’t know that…
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Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono
(The life of the land is
perpetuated in righteousness)
Barack Obama president
Bette Midler actor
Angela Perez Baraquio Miss America
Liliʻuokalani last monarch of Hawaii
Most people head to Maui for the incredible surf this windswept island has to offer. For the adventurous driver, though, take a spin down the Route 340, which follows the route of an ancient footpath, through steep ravines and along a wild coastline, affording unparalleled views.
A visit to the Big Island is like taking a step back in time, particularly if you drive the Hawaii Belt Road. Witness raw creation itself at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where active volcanoes are constantly spewing out lava and clouds of sulphurous smoke.
Known as the ‘friendly island’ (which isn’t to say they’re not all friendly), Molokai is much less frequented by tourists than some of the other islands, giving you a unique sense of the real Hawaii. The pace of life here is slow, so you can’t help but relax. It’s also the home of hula.
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It’s thought that loco moco has been around since the 1940s when - according to urban legend - the wife and owner of Lincoln Grill, once situated in the Big Island town of Hilo, concocted something the hungry local kids could afford. As she was writing it on the menu board, the restaurant's cook said, “The kids are crazy. Call it loco moco.” The dish showcases Hawaii’s multiculturalism, representing a cultural mash-up of Asian and Western cuisines.
Bet you didn’t know that eating a Spam musubi is seen as a rite of passage for Hawaii-newcomers keen to earn ‘local’ status? Perhaps the Island's favourite to-go snack food, Spam musubi is literally everywhere in Hawaii, including local convenience stores, grocery shops, school canteens, and even at the zoo.
Did you know that poke (pronounced ‘Poh-keh’) is raw and cooked, hot and cold - all at the same time? Coined ‘Hawaii’s soul food’ by local, world-renowned chef Sam Choy, this centuries-old tuna tartare dish is sweeping the nation as a must-try food trend. Seafood fanatics around the world are adopting it as their own, using native ingredients to create new, unique versions.