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Taro burger
A taro burger from Down to Earth, Maui

This is a list of dishes in Hawaiian cuisine, which includes Native Hawaiian cuisine and the broader fusion Cuisine of Hawaii. The Cuisine of Hawaii refers to the indigenous, ethnic, and local cuisines within the diverse state of Hawaii.



  • Portuguese sausage, eggs and rice is one of the most common breakfasts of Hawaii. It includes linguiça, eggs, and white rice. The McDonald's franchise in Hawaiʻi has adapted this dish and put it on their breakfast menu as a replacement to bacon, ham, and eggs.
  • Hawaiian French toast (see entry for Portuguese sweet bread)

Entrees and combos

Spam musubi
Spam musubi


Pineapple-flavored Hawaiian shave ice

Breads and pastries

Lavosh as Kanemitsu Bakery
Lavosh sold at the Kanemitsu Bakery counter in Molokai, Hawaii. Flavors offered include Maui onion, sesame, taro and cinnamon.


  • Puna goat cheese

Fruit and vegetables

Owoce Kuruba
Curuba from Hawaii
Liliuokalani Kawananakoa (Toledo Weekly Blade, 1922)
Hawaiian Queen Liliʻuokalani (1838–1917), ruler of the kingdom of Hawaii in the 1890s until her betrayal and overthrow by American industrialists, once said with so much to do and so many family members, she never got enough to eat.
Kalo Loi Harvest
A kalo lo'i harvest in Maunawili Valley. A lo'i is an irrigated, wetland terrace, or paddy, used to grow kalo (taro) or rice. Ancient Hawaiians developed a sophisticated farming system for kalo, along with over 300 variations of the plant adapted to different growing conditions.

Vegetable proteins

Herbs and seasonings






Lau lau
Laulau, a traditional Hawaiian dish



Snacks and candies

  • Arare
  • Chocolate-covered macadamia nuts
  • Coconut balls
  • Crack seed
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Maui-style potato chips
  • Shortbread
  • Shoyu peanuts
  • Shrimp chips
  • Won ton chips (actually One-Ton chips)


Wonton saimin
  • Oxtail soup
  • Saimin
  • Portuguese bean soup (sopa de feijao)
  • Ashitibichi—Okinawan pig's feet soup
  • Wonton mein

Specialty products

Starch dishes

Hawaiian poi dealer, photograph by Menzies Dickson
A Hawaiian poi dealer, circa 1870
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