Food and family in Hawaii go hand-in-hand. Seldom is there a gathering large or small without an array of favorite foods packed tightly together on a dining room table. Everyone looks forward to ‘ohana get-togethers and reunions where all the favorite dishes from the grandmas, aunties, uncles, and cousins are savored and enjoyed. Like one big family reunion, here is a collection of the best recipes shared by Hawaii’s families that cover our islands’ multicultural heritage. These over thirty recipes represent cooking treasures, secrets, and traditions that bond families and friends—Luau Stew, Kalua Pig, Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs, ‘Opakapaka with Chinese Cabbage, Mango Bars, and Panipopo. There are also recipes of Hawaii’s cherished dishes of days gone by so their tradition may continue—The Willows Curry, and Chef D.K. Kodama’s original brownie recipe handed down by his beloved mom who was his grounding culinary influence. So celebrate family cooking in the Islands with these recipes.



Lomi Salmon Spread

Korean Chicken Wings

Ia Lawalu

Scallion Pancakes

Salads, Soups, Stews, and Sides

Luau Stew

Aunty Marine’s Meatless Pancit

Oxtail Soup

Maui Onion and Orange Salad

Simple Crock Pot Jook

Maui-Style Hawaiian Stew

Portuguese Stew

Crozier Potato Salad

Main Dishes

Country Ribs

Pot Roast and Taro

Pork and Green Beans

Local-Style Barbeque Spareribs/Chicken

Foo Chuck with Squid

Napua’s Slow-Cooked Kalua Pig with Rosemary and Maui Onion

Mom’s Mahimahi Saute Belle Meuniere

Seafood Curry

Opakapaka with Chinese Cabbage

Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs


Pineapple Cream Cheese Pie

Mango Bars


Buko Salad

Walnut Cupcakes

Mom’s Homemade Lilikoi Jelly


The Willows Curry

New Year’s Day Korean Man Doo

Mom Kodama’s Brownie Recipe

Refrigerator Potato Rolls

Edited By: Joleen Oshiro