Here are Hawaii’s most favorite foods chosen from Hawaii’s popular and best-selling cookbook series What Hawaii Likes to Eat—favorites from What Hawaii Likes to Eat, What Hawaii Likes to Eat Hana Hou, What Maui Likes to Eat, and What the Big Island Likes to Eat. Included are recipes that represent all of the Islands’ culinary influences and define Hawaii culinary-wise (with special chapters of recipes found only in Hawaii and from bygone restaurant days). Ideal for the kitchen library or to share Hawaii’s cooking with loved ones when traveling.

Now, when someone asks you what people in Hawaii enjoy eating, the answer is easily available. Enjoy plate lunches like teriyaki beef and chicken with potato or macaroni salad; desserts like chantilly cake or andagi; comfort foods like oxtain stew and fried rice; newer dishes like loco moco, poke wrap, and ahi tartare; ethnic fare like cold ginger chicken and lumpia; or traditional entrees like oven-roasted kalua pig and crusted opakapaka.


Only in Hawai‘i
Loco Moco
Shoyu Hot Dogs
Fish Burger
‘Ahi/Aku Poke Wraps
Teriyaki Chicken Wings
Tsukudani Spam® Musubi
Easy Boiled Peanuts
Oxtail Stew
Taro Stew
Fried Saimin (Yaki Ramen)
Kalua Pig BLT Sandwich
Portuguese Sweet Bread
Chantilly Cake
Mai Tai Chiffon Pie
Chocolate Dream Cake

Taro Biscuits
Summer ‘Ahi Tartare
Filet Mignon with Black Bean Sauce
Teriyaki Beef
Chicken Pineapple
Sesame Chicken Orientale
Bread Pudding
Banana Muffins
Sky High Coconut Cream Pie

‘Ahi Poke Hawaiian-Style
Poke ‘Ahi/Aku
World Famous Fried Marlin Poke
‘Ahi Poke Musubi
Hawaiian Pulehu Tri-tip Steak
Baked Stuffed Shrimp
Tangled Tiger Prawns with Pineapple-Chili-Garlic Sauce
Pipikaula (Beef Jerky)
Lumpia (Filipino Fried Spring Rolls)
Fried Veggie Fishcake

Plate Lunch Favorites
Chicken Katsu
Masu’s Teriyaki Chicken
Teriyaki Sauce
Sweet and Sour Spareribs
Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet)
Kalbi (Korean-Style Barbecued Shortribs)
Hawaiian Beef Curry Stew
Potato-Macaroni Salad

Main Dishes—Chicken
Chicken or Squid Lu¯‘au
Chicken Long Rice
Roasted Lemon Soy Chicken
Korean-Style Spicy Chicken
Oven Fried Chicken
Cold Ginger Chicken
Nori Chicken
Garlic Chicken
Orange Chicken (Batter Fried Chicken with Orange Sauce)
Sunday Dinner Chicken Adobo
Cornflake Chicken

Main Dishes—Pork
Baked Hoisin Barbecue Ribs
Adobo (Filipino-Style Pickled Pork)
Roast Pork With Rosemary
Oven Roasted Ka¯lua Pork

Main Dishes—Beef
Paniolo Chili
Granny’s Hawaiian-Style Stew
Beef Juhn (Batter-Fried Beef)
Teriyaki Beef Rib-Eye
Roast Beef
Oven Pot Roast
Paniolo Rib-Eye Steak
Shoyu Short Ribs Pipikaula-Style
Chinese Five-Spice Boneless Short Ribs
Burgundy Braised Short Ribs
Pineapple Grill’s Kalbi Short Ribs
Beef Shank Laulau
Ginger Hoisin Hibachi Rack of Haleakala Lamb

Main Dishes—Seafood
‘Ahi Cakes with Roasted Sweet Corn Relish
Ginger Crusted ‘Opakapaka Plum Chili Sauce
Pan-Fried Teriyaki Salmon
Aku Burgers
Fried Curried Mahimahi
Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahimahi with Olowalu Nui Tomato and Ginger
Crisp Pan-Fried Ono with Yuzu-Soy Vinaigrette
Imitation Crab Patties with Tofu
Wok-Seared Monchong with Black Bean Sauce
Misoyaki Butterfish

Salads, Soups, and Sides
Crunchy Salmon Salad
Salmon Skin Tofu Salad
Nori Crusted Sashimi Salad
Pancit Bihon
Fried Rice
Chinese Steamed Buns or Mantou
Sweet Kula Corn Pudding
Cabbage Kim Chee
Cucumber Kim Chee
Sweet Kula Onion Soup
Oxtail Soup
Portuguese Bean Soup

Crispy Coconut Cookies
Spicy Seasoned Hawaiian Salt
Hawaiian Nut Bread
Dried Cranberry-Edamame Trail Mix
Dried Fruit Mui
Char Siu Rub
‘Ulu Chips

Red Velvet Cake
Lava Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Coconut Cake
Pineapple-Carrot Cake
Macadamia Nut Chiffon Cake
Liliko‘i Spice Cake
Guava Chiffon Pie
Custard Pie ala Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i-Style Andagi
Mango Bread
Malassadas (Portuguese Doughnut)
Coconut Washboards
Haupia (Coconut Pudding)
Chi Chi Dango (Milk Flavored Rice Dumplings)
Liliko‘i Crème Brûlée

Editors: Muriel Miura with Gay Wong