Hawiian Cuisine

Maddie Mills and Maddie Pearson

About Hawaii

Hawaii, the 50th state of the United States, is made up of islands in the Pacific ocean. Hawaii has 8 main islands: Maui, Oahu, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Moloka, Kauai, and Niihau. The population of Hawaii as of 2014 was 1.42 million.

Some of its many tourist attractions include volcanoes, beaches, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head.

Influences on Hawaiian Cuisine

  • Early settlers brought plants to the islands including coconut, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and banana.
  • Sea salt was used for seasoning in ancient Hawaii.
  • The islands are surrounded by water, leading to many fish based dishes.
  • Hawaii is a melting pot of many cultures: Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Puerto Rican, Samoan, Thai, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.

Hawaiian Cuisine

Fruits of the Islands

Tropical Hawaiian fruits include pineapple, papaya, dragon fruit, bananas, mangoes, and coconut. They grow well due to the warm tropical weather. The fruits are often sold at local farmers markets.

Places to Eat in Hawaii

In Hawaii, there are many luaus. A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is usually accompanied by entertainment. Also, a couple popular restaurants include Mama's Fish House in Maui and Aloha Theatre Cafe in Kainaliu.