Did you know June 11 – June 17 is Hawaiian Food Week? I grew up in Hawaii and I had no idea there was a week celebrating all things Hawaiian Food! Although, in my defense, it’s a fairly new celebration that was started in 2016. And since I don’t want to miss another year of celebrating the tastes of Hawaii, I’m sharing island favorites and recipes inspired by my home state!
20+ Hawaiian Food Week Recipes
Side Dish Recipes
This recipe was inspired by tuna macaroni salads I’ve eaten at numerous Hawaii parties. It’s a combination of the best things I like in plate lunch macaroni salads and family tuna macaroni salads.
Surprise your family by adding pineapples to your coleslaw! This unusual Hawaiian inspired recipe makes for a a fun way to Hawaiianize your slaw.
Love sushi and raw fish? This Hawaiian style raw fish salad is lightly seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, onions, and seaweed. Can be eaten as a side dish or over rice or lettuce for a light meal.
Forget the cinnamon rolls, change things up with this pineapple sweet rolls recipe. It’s the perfect way to kick-off Hawaiian food week!
When I was younger, this was eaten on so many light night/early morning weekends. It’s a super simple and hearty meal that is found in most local diners. It’s basically a hamburger patty over rice that is topped with a sunny side up egg and covered in gravy. The ultimate Hawaiian comfort food.
- Portuguese Sausage Eggs and Rice (no recipe and this is my breakfast this morning)
Hawaii is a melting pot and the food there reflects this. Portuguese sausage, eggs, and rice is a favorite island breakfast that can even be found on local Hawaii McDonald’s restaurant menus. Above is an image of what it looks like and is one of my favorite breakfasts to eat. It’s just a sunny side up egg over rice that is served with slices of Portuguese sausage. Mix the eggs with the rice and soy sauce right before eating.
Pineapples aren’t just for dessert. Try using it as a topping for your Bratwurst sausages with BBQ sauce for a Hawaiian inspired flavor twist!
This style of corned beef can often be found in small okazuyas and homes all over islands. It’s a quick, easy, and delicious meal that is eaten with rice.
I’ll eat almost anything on a sweet Hawaiian bun and these Hawaiian Havarti Pork Sliders are no exception.
It took some convincing to get this recipe from a chef in Hawaii. And thanks to Susan at Culinary Envy, she is sharing it with us!
This is the basic recipe for Kalua pork that you’ll find on most Hawaiian plate lunches. Delicious pork butt wrapped in banana leaves and seasoned with sea salt that lets the pork flavor shine.
Spam is a staple in almost every Hawaii home. This glazed baked ham recipe puts a spin on the normal spam musubi or spam-n-rice that local Hawaii residents regularly eat.
I grew up eating Huli Huli chicken that was grilled over kiawe wood (mesquite)…so good! Just an FYI – ‘huli’ in Hawaiian means to turn, which was how huli huli chicken is cooked. Split chickens were placed between two grills that were flipped during cooking. Hence the name ‘Huli Huli Chicken’.
This is an island favorite. I can’t even remember how many times I ate this back home in Hawaii. It is one of my all time favorite dishes.
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This adult drink combines Rum, white wine, pineapples, mangoes, and ice for a delicious tropical treat.
I don’t know why, but this reminds me of Elvis and his Blue Hawaii movie? Anyway, this fancy Pina Colada can be made with or without alcohol.
I grew up with a mango tree in my backyard, so I had to include a drink made with mangoes. While I’ve never had a mango lemonade, my mouth is watering just thinking about this drink. I think it’s a winner!
I love guava juice! I grew up drinking loads of it and I’ve passed my love of all things guava to my kids. So, it’s only natural that a guava lemonade drink is a ‘must-try’ for Hawaiian food week.
If you can’t go to Maui to try the original Guri Guri, try this homemade version. It only takes 3-ingredients and no ice cream maker is needed!
I remember the Dole canneries in Hawaii and the famous giant pineapple tower. The tower is long gone, but the Hawaii’s love of pineapples is still going strong. And you can get tons of pineapple goodness in this Dole Pineapple Whip.
Coconut pudding with chocolate?! Oh, heck yeah! This easy dessert is based off of the famous Chocolate Haupia pie from Ted’s Bakery in Hawaii, but is made for a crowd! Perfect to bring or make for all your summer parties!
If you ever go to Honolulu, you HAVE to try the malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery. They have a shop just outside of Waikiki, so there is no excuse not to go. Seriously, these are delicious fresh and are like fluffy bites of doughnut heaven.
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