Hawaii’s local cuisine is a smorgasbord of flavors with influences from Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, Hawaiian, and a multitude of other international styles of cooking. The author of the bestselling cookbooks Hawaii’s Best Mochi Recipes and Hawaii’s Best Local Desserts now brings more than 140 favorite island recipes to the dinner table – from savory Pork Adobo, Oxtail Soup, and Honey-Glazed Walnut Shrimp to Lazy Style Laulau, Portuguese Bean Soup, and the island-style Loco Moco. These are the recipes passed on from friends, coworkers, and relatives; the local favorites that are found at potlucks and beach beach barbecues through the Islands. Many recipes are quick and easy for those who need to whip up a meal in 30 minutes or less after a long day at work.



Shredded Barbecue Beef

Beef Broccoli

Chopped Steak

Beef Tomato

Butter Yaki

Meat Juhn

Jumbo’s Restaurant’s Beef Stew

Hamburger Steak With Gravy, “Loco Moco” Style

Lazy Day Steak

Osso Buco

Shish Kabob


Wiki Wiki Chili

Quick Corned Beef and Cabbage

Tofu With Ground Beef and Miso

Baked Spaghetti


Beef Tongue

Crescent Roll Tacos

Corned Beef With Cabbage

Evie’s Red Stew



Oxtail Soup

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Barbecued Meat Balls

DeLuz Vindha D’Ahlos Roast

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Easy Pot Roast


Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger

No-Fail Roast Beef



 Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Lu-Bee (Green Beans With Lamb)

McCarthy’s Marinade

Lamb Stew With Peanuts

Lamb Shish Kabob

Roast Lamb


Lazy-Style Laulau

Southern Style Ribs

Kau Yuk (Steamed Red Pork)



Sari Sari

Aburage Stuffed With Pork Hash

Baked Spamtm 

Pork Adobo

Black Bean Spareribs

Sweet Sour Spareribs

Stuffed Bitter Melon

Barbecue Pork Ribs

Oven Kalua Pig

Teri Pork Chops

Spicy Eggplant With Pork

Tired Teacher’s Dinner

Pork Hash

Harm Ha Pork

Roast Pork

Pork-Tofu Casserole

Pig’s Feet

Ma Po Tofu (Pork Tofu)

Mushroom Pork Chops

Okinawa-Style Pork

Pineapple Ribs


Poultry Tips

Oyster Sauce Chicken

Chicken Cacciatore

Cashew Chicken

Five Spices Shoyu Chicken

Chicken Chili

Chicken Enchilada

Black Bean Chicken With Lup Cheong

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Katsu

Flavored Chicken for Chinese Stir-fry

Chicken Long Rice

Fried Chicken

Chinese Shoyu Chicken

Italian Chicken

Cold Chicken With Ginger Sauce

Easy Curry for Two

Baked Chicken and Stuffing

Chinese Roast Chicken

Lemon Chicken

Chicken and Asparagus Casserole

Mochiko Chicken

Turkey Divan

Mushroom Chicken

Oven-Fried Chicken

Easy Roast Chicken

Sesame Seed Chicken

Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken

Yaki Tori

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Baked Chicken With Rice

Cantonese Shoyu Chicken

Oyako Donburi


Baked Fish

Salmon Teriyaki

Honey-Glazed Walnut Shrimp

Mimi’s Shrimp

Tempura Mahimahi

Miso Butterfish

Opakapaka With Chinese Cabbage

Squid and Vegetables

Mochiko Fish

Chinese Steamed Fish

Shrimp Curry

Shrimp Scampi

Broccoli With Shrimp

Shrimp With Black Bean Sauce

Fish With Somen

Lobster With Black Bean Sauce

Curried Lobster With Fried Haupia

Fried Haupia

Mahimahi Bake

Lomi Salmon

Wiki-Wiki Creamed Tuna

Butterfish Wtih Shoyu Sauce

Squid Luau

Furikake Salmon

Black Bean Salmon Head

Local-Style Fish Casserole


Jook (Chinese Rice Porridge)

Chow Fun Noodles

Jai (Monk’s Food)

Corned Beef Hash Patties

Linguine With White Clam Sauce

Gon Lo Mein

Baked Gon Lo Mein

Long Rice and Vegetables


Macaroni (Ziti) and Cheese

Portuguese Bean Soup

Tripe Stew

Spanish Rice

Tofu Burgers

Steamed Egg Custard

Won Ton Soup

Author: Jean Watanabe Hee