Great Hawaiian Dishes Waiting for You on the Big Island

What do you think about when you imagine a Hawaiian vacation? Powerful volcanos, black sand beaches, pristine waters and lush forestry are probably a few… But did you know one of the greatest draws of Hawaiian tourism is the cuisine? That’s right; Hawaii is host to an amalgam of diverse cultures, and Hawaiian dishes celebrate that diversity. The people of Hawaii are proud of their history, and their culinary choices reflect it. Below are a few examples of what you can expect to dine on while visiting the Hawaiian Islands.

Lomi Lomi Salmon - A traditional Hawaiian dish of salt, tomato, and onion rubbed salmon. The salmon mixture is diced and placed into delicious lettuce leaves.

Kimchi - This is a cultural dish that started in Korea and made its way as a popular Hawaiian side dish. It is salt-pickled cabbage that is often eaten with eggs, rice, breads, and noodle dishes.

Hawaiian Bread - Originally called Portuguese sweet bread, this dish eventually found a home in Hawaiian cuisine as well. It is generally toasted and used on sandwiches.

Poi - One of the most popular Hawaiian dishes, poi is made from taro root. It is generally a bland dish that is served as a side to many other Hawaiian recipes. Salt or pepper is usually added to the grounded paste for flavor.

Tuna Poke - If you enjoy sushi, then this dish is for you. Tuna Poke is a traditional dish of raw tuna that is marinated in ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce. The tuna is then placed on top of cucumber slices, and served as a light snack. 

Chicken and Pork Adobo- Originally a national dish of the Philippines, it has since been adopted by the Hawaiians as a dish often used in luaus and other distinctive events. The cuisine is meat braised in garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, and pepper. It is simmered to perfection and served usually as an entrée.

It doesn’t matter if you are taking a tour of Big Island, Maui, Kauai or Oahu, the Hawaiian dishes are sure to astound. If the above list has whetted your appetite, then don’t waste another minute. There are so many packages to choose – from interisland Oahu to Big Island tours, Kauai to Oahu tours and more. The sky is the limit, so head on over to and start your adventure today!

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