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Taste the Islands! Sample some of the cuisines and local favorites of the people of Hawaii and the South Pacific!


Moki's plate lunch

Hawaii is famous for "plate lunch":  a combination of rice, macaroni salad (with an island twist) and an "ono" (delicious) entree such as kalua pig or teriyaki chicken.

But there are a lot more favorites: manapua (steamed pork-filled buns); haupia (a coconut pudding); Vilo Vilo chicken, a grilled flavored treat; or Spam musubi (a kind of rice-and-Spam sandwich where seaweed nori holds everything together!)

Then there's Portugese sausage, Island beef stew over rice, Guamanian chicken kelaguen and finedene, pineapple curry, coconut shrimp, kalbi ribs, chicken katsu, yakisoba and yakitori.

Tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and coconut flavor ice cream, smoothies and refreshing fruit punches.

Cap off your meal with a taste of shave ice: ice shaved fine as snow and flavored with a mind-boggling choice of syrups.  You can choose to embellish it with ice cream on the bottom or sweet cream over the top!

The crossroads of the Pacific meet in Hawaii and island foods truly show the contributions of many cultures.