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
  • Chicken Long Rice
  • Oven K?lua Pork
  • Haole Laulau
  • Haupia-Mac Nut Dessert
  • Fresh Pineapple Slices

Baby L?‘au

  • Carrot Sticks
  • Green Goddess Dip
  • Fruit Cup
  • Mochiko Chicken
  • Angel Food Tiramisu
  • Somen Salad

P?p? Party

  • Hawaiian Jambles
  • Shoyu Poke
  • Assorted Sushi
  • Tossed Greens
  • Papaya Seed Dressing
  • “Thorny” Fish Cake Tempura
  • Cantonese Ribs
  • Truffles

Hawaiian Lunch or Dinner Buffet

  • Mixed Greens
  • Passion Fruit Dressing
  • Hawaiian Beef Curry
  • Steamed Rice
  • Passion Fruit-Pineapple Bread
  • Guava Chiffon Pie

P?p? Buffet Luncheon

  • Hawaiian Jambles
  • Crudités with Green Goddess Dip
  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Assorted Sushi
  • Sweet Sour Pork
  • Teriyaki Meat Sticks
  • Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding

Heavy P?p? Buffet Supper

  • Meats: Poke, Standing Prime Rib Roast, Chinese-Style Steamed Fish, Teriyaki Chicken
  • Salads: Potato-Macaroni Salad , Chinese Chicken Salad, Pea Salad
  • Vegetables: Green Beans or Lemon-Sesame Asparagus
  • Starch: Gon Lo Mein, Assorted Sushi
  • Breads: Dinner Rolls, Sour Cream Biscuits
  • Desserts: Haupia-Mac Nut Dessert, Liliko‘i Spice Cake
  • Beverage: Kona Coffee, Punch


  • Crudité
  • Chips
  • ‘Ahi Poke Dip
  • Teriyaki Spam® Musubi
  • Wikiwiki Cold Canapés
  • Lumpia
  • Sweet-Sour Spareribs
  • Potato-Macaroni Salad
  • Oatmeal Crunchies

Fourth of July

  • Chips
  • Carrot Curls and Celery Sticks
  • Green Goddess Dip
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Cantonese Ribs
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Assorted Cookies


  • Arare Popcorn
  • Wikiwiki Cold Canapés
  • Crispy Pork Won Ton
  • Siu Mai
  • Haupia Pumpkin Pie


  • Mixed Salad Greens
  • Favorite French Dressing
  • Oven-Roasted Turkey with Portuguese Sausage Stuffing
  • Easy Turkey Gravy
  • Lemon-Sesame Asparagus
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Sour Cream Biscuits
  • Pumpkin Crunch Cake


  • Brie Wrap
  • Garden Fresh Romaine
  • Basic Vinegar Dressing
  • Standing Prime Rib Roast with Au Jus
  • Baked Potato with Sour Cream & Condiments
  • Sautéed Broccolini with Garlic
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Gingerbread Cookies

Holiday Open House

  • White Chocolate Candy Cane Cheesecake
  • Truffles
  • Turtle Pumpkin Pie
  • Mai Tai Chiffon Pie
  • Haupia-Mac Nut Dessert
  • Angel Food Tiramisu
  • White Fruit Cake

Other Special Occasions


  • Mini Popovers
  • Mixed Greens
  • Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Herb Leg of Lamb
  • Mint Jelly
  • Boursin Creamed Spinach
  • Baked Potato
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Angel Food Tiramisu

Family Reunion

  • Spring Rolls
  • Assorted Sushi
  • Tossed Greens & Dressing
  • Crusted Curried Mahimahi
  • Mochiko Chicken
  • Gon Lo Mein
  • Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding

Yakudoshi Birthday

  • Mixed Sushi
  • Mixed Greens Salad
  • Oriental Dressing
  • Somen Salad
  • Gyoza
  • Misoyaki Butterfish
  • Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura
  • Kara Age Chicken

About the Author

Muriel Miura, best-selling author of local cookbooks, graduated from the University of Hawai‘i’s home economics program and earned her graduate degrees in home economics education from the University of Hawai‘i, M?noa, and Columbia University of New York City.

Muriel may be most recognized for her nationally televised cooking shows from the 1970s, Cook Japanese Hawaiian Style and The New World of Cooking with Muriel. Comfortable with all types of cuisines, Muriel is known to add a personal touch of Hawai‘i to her foods. Muriel has written more than twenty cookbooks, including Japanese Cooking–Hawai‘i Style, Hawai‘i Cooks with Spam®, Hawai‘i’s Party Food, What Hawai‘i Likes to Eat, What Hawai‘i Likes to Eat Hana Hou, Cookies from Hawai‘i’s Kitchen and Hawai‘i Cooks and Saves and served as co-editor of the Hawai‘i Cooks Series—A Portuguese Kitchen, A Korean Kitchen, An Okinawan Kitchen, A Chinese Kitchen, and A Filipino Kitchen.

A Honolulu-born kama‘?ina, Muriel lives with her husband in Honolulu and spends a part of the year with her daughter and her family on the mainland. She is also involved with a number of community service projects in her spare time since her retirement from The Gas Company.


Author: Muriel Miura