Six Foods To Try When In Hawaii

There are so many different cultures in Hawaii and that is reflected in the food. Some of these foods you can’t find anywhere else unless you make it yourself or find a specialty shop. If you make it out to the islands, these are the six things I recommend you try.

Kalua Pig – Some of you may know this as pulled pork but it’s cooked a little differently. The authentic way to cook Kailua Pig is by digging a pit, lining it with rocks and leaves, putting the pork in the center, burying it, and let the sun cook it in the ground. It goes great with rice and mac salad.

Meat Jun – You will find Meat Jun at Hawaii Korean BBQ sports. If you ask for it outside of Hawaii people will usually look at your like you’re crazy (I know because I’ve asked). It’s beef that’s had been coated in an egg batter and fried. It is one of my all time favorite lunch options.

Spam Musubi – This is Hawaii’s PB&J. Growing up you would bring a spam musubi for lunch on school trips along with a Hawaiian Sun juice and chips. It is a slice of spam (usually coated in teriyaki sauce), rice, and nori (seaweed). Best way to describe it would be spam sushi.

Poke – Yes I know there is a craze going on now and you can find poke shops across the country but most of these places don’t compare to the poke in Hawaii. The fresh fish and the seasoning is unlike anything you’ve had before. It makes for a perfect pupu (Hawaiian for appetizer) or a snack at the beach. Poke is raw fish that has been seasoned in a variety of different ways. It great on its own or you can pair it with rice.

Malasada – Heaven in pastry form. It is batter that has been fried and rolled in sugar. It makes for a great dessert or quick snack. Just be careful when you eat it as it can get messy with the sugar. The sugar will get all over the place if you’re not careful.

Shave Ice – Some people may call it a snow cone but I think it’s a little different. To me shave ice (Yes shave ice. Not Shaved Ice. No “d”) is finer which will hold the syrup better. You can put ice cream or azuki beans at the bottom and if you buy condensed milk on top it’s called a Snow Cap. There are a variety of different syrup flavors you can mixed together for endless combinations. Definately a great way to cool down on those hot Hawaiian days.

If you can’t try all six I recommend trying at least one thing on this list while your visiting the 50th state.


Kailua, Hawaii: Kono’s

My sister and I recently went to the Kono’s location in Kailua and it was awesome! The service was amazing and the food was so ono (Hawaiian for delicious). We just so happened to get their at a good time and didn’t have to wait. After we ordered more customers came in and a nice little line formed. The staff was awesome! Everyone was friendly and very helpful in answering questions about the menu. The cashier even offered samples of their kalua pig and guava bbq sauce to help us in making a decision on what to order.

Everything on the menu looks good and it was a difficult decision on what to get. I had to settle on one thing and promise myself to come back so I can try another option. This time around I got one of their bombers and a milkshake. I had the Chuns which had kalua pig, bacon, potatoes, and eggs. I also added avocados and sour cream to my bomber. The bomber doesn’t seem that big but for me it was the perfect meal size. As for my milkshake, I ordered the mudpid which had oreo, caramel, and coffee. The milkshake is nice and thick, just the way I like it.

There are other locations in Haleiwa and Honolulu. I will definitely need to try out the other locations to see if they offer other menu options and to see if the service and food is just as amazing as the Kailua location. I highly recommend going to Kono’s if you are in the Kailua area!!!

Haleiwa, Hawaii: North Shore Adventure

haleiwaMost people stay in Waikiki when the visit the island of Oahu. If you have the time to make your way out to the north shore of the island I would recommend visiting the historic Haleiwa Town. While on that side of the island I recommend you visit Waimea Beach Park, Matsumoto Shave Ice, and Storto’s Sub Shop.

Waimea Beach Park is one of the more well known beaches on the North side of Oahu. During the summer months it is perfect for swimming and laying out on the beach. During the winter months this beach has some of the biggest waves in the world! I wouldn’t recommend venturing into the water with those waves but it does make for a great sight to see.

Matsumoto Shave Ice will most likely be the name you hear if you ask, “Where can I get some shave ice?” The walls of the shop are lined with photos of celebrities who have visited Matsumoto’s on their Hawaiian vacations. You can have just your shave ice or you can pair it with ice cream, azuki beans, or both. I love mine with ice cream.

Storto’s Sub Shop is one of my all time favorite lunch spots when I’m home. I always try to make a trip out to Haleiwa just to get a sub while I’m home in Hawaii. I will usually make a stop at Storto’s on my way to Waimea so I can have a great lunch to go with the great ocean view!

I definitely recommend making the trip up to the north shore if you’re visiting Oahu and have the time!

Haleiwa, Hawaii: Storto’s Sub Shop

Storto’s Sub Shop is one of my all time favorite lunch spots in Hawaii. I always try to make a trip out to Haleiwa just to get a sub while I’m home. When I’m there I have to get a Haleiwa which is pepperoni, salami, and bologna. I also add lettuce, avocado, cheddar, and papaya seed dressing. It is all about the papaya seed dressing. I think it’s the best sauce for a sub but you’ll just have to try it for yourself. With all of that you can’t forget the Hawaiian Sun juice to wash it all down.


Every day there is a different special you can get:
Sunday: CHUNS – Turkey, Salami, Bologna
Monday: HALE’IWA – Pepperoni, Salami, Bologna
Tuesday: PIPELINE – Ham, Pepperoni, Bologna
Wednesday: WAIMEA – Ham, Turkey, Salami
Thursday: ROCKY POINT – Roast Beef, Pastrami, Ham
Friday: SUNSET – Roast Beef, Ham, Turkey
Saturday: LANIAKEA – Ham, Salami, Bologna

Storto’s is open daily from 10am-6pm and is cash only.  Don’t forget to stop by the next time you head to the North side of Oahu!