Do you sometimes wish for help to decide what to make for holiday or festive gatherings when friends and family are coming over to celebrate? Or what to bring when invited to someone’s house? Hawai‘i loves its parties and has so many special days that it is always a challenge to serve or bring something new or different.

Celebrating in Hawai‘i: Favorite Recipes for Holidays and Special Occasions has the answers with easy-to-prepare dishes for all of our islands’ many celebrations and festivities. Muriel Miura, Hawai‘i’s most prolific cookbook author, has spent decades sampling and deciphering Hawai‘i’s many culinary treasures. In Celebrating in Hawai‘i, she brings together the choicest dishes with which Hawai‘i’s multiethnic population celebrates and serves at gatherings—from small ones for just a few people to ones for the entire ‘ohana.

Whether you’re hosting family and friends or heading out to celebrate a festivity, turn to Auntie Muriel to make that special gathering tasty and memorable. With menus, planning tips, and entertainment ideas, Celebrating in Hawai‘i, with its 150 recipes covering appetizers, main dishes, sides, and desserts, will quickly become a “must” in your kitchen library. (And it makes the ideal holiday gift.)



NEW YEAR Japanese New Year

  • Spicy Tuna Sushi
  • Nigiri Sushi
  • Nori Maki Sushi
  • Nishime
  • Kyuri Namasu Cucumber Salad
  • Ozoni
  • Teriyaki Meat Sticks
  • Roasted Lemon Soy Chicken
  • Cinnamon Kanten

NEW YEAR Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year

  • Potstickers
  • Siu Mai
  • Easy Char Siu Bao
  • Crispy Gau Gee
  • Gon Lo Mein Jai (Monk’s Food)
  • Char Siu Sweet Roast Pork
  • Chinese-Style Steamed Fish
  • Chinese Almond Cookies

Super Sunday / Super Bowl

  • Honey Popcorn Clusters
  • Chips with ‘Ahi Poke Dip
  • Chili-Spiced Edamame
  • Pipi Kaula
  • Lemon Soy Yakitori

Valentine’s Day

  • Brie Wrap
  • Spinach Salad
  • Roasted Lemon Soy Chicken
  • Boursin Creamed Spinach
  • Sour Cream Biscuits with Chive Butter
  • Molten Chocolate Cake

Children’s Day

Girls’ Day

  • Arare Popcorn
  • Coconut Mochi
  • Microwave Chichi Dango
  • Teppo Maki Sushi

Boys’ Day

  • Kaki Mochi
  • Nishime
  • Gyoza Potstickers
  • California Pan Sushi


  • Melt Away Crab Bites
  • Garden Salad with Passion Fruit Dressing
  • Mango Chutney-Glazed Ham
  • Pea Salad
  • Lemon-Sesame Asparagus
  • Sour Cream Biscuits
  • Tropical Carrot Cake

Mother’s Day

  • Easy Char Siu Bao
  • Chinese Chicken Salad
  • Mini Popovers
  • Guava Bars

Father’s Day

  • Shoyu Poke
  • Kalbi Kui Korean Style Broiled Short Ribs
  • Creamy Cole Slaw
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • Liliko‘i Spice Cake

Hawaiian Hospitality


  • Poi or Steamed Rice
  • Lomi Salmon<