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Local Hawaiian Dishes You Can Make at Home

Hawaiian cuisine has earned fans worldwide for its unique, fresh taste and distinctly local flavor.

The best part about the food is that you don’t have to go to the islands to feel like you’re on a beautiful beach, relaxing your troubles away. Many of the state’s well-known staples can easily be made at home (though it probably won’t taste the same).

Want to try making your own Hawaiian delicacies? Here are a couple recipes that you can try out right in your kitchen.

Spam musubi

Who hasn’t had a taste of spam musubi? The Hawaiian treat is great as a portable snack for travelers; it’s become so famous, in fact, that it’s now being made everywhere — including the Philippines!

Local Hawaiian Dishes You Can Make at Home
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Gather up some spam, a block of rice, and nori to make your homemade spam musubi. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Nowadays, people have been adding cheese, egg, and other items to spice up the tasty treat.


Fresh, savory, and unmistakably Hawaiian, poke is one of the best things you could ever hope to taste. Shops on the islands have added their own twists to their recipes, making sure that each experience is a new one.

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A classic poke bowl consists of fresh seafood (the most popular choice would be yellowfin tuna) sitting atop a bed of rice. The fish should be fresh, cubed, and marinated in a concoction of soy sauce, sesame oil, and lemon juice. You can also add sesame seeds, tamago, green onions, or other toppings of your liking.

Loco Moco

The loco moco is your best bet at Hawaiian comfort food. The dish is a classic around Hawaiian diners and restaurants and can be found practically anywhere.

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It’s a beautiful mess of white rice, hamburger patties, and fried eggs, all drowned in a rich gravy sauce. Have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — it’s great any time of the day!

Garlic shrimp

Shrimp trucks are a common sight around the North Shore, with hungry patrons often forming long lines just to get a taste of savory, buttery garlic shrimp.

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Luckily, the recipe is simple but no less flavorful. All you need is olive oil, garlic, shrimp, and butter. Make sure to toss your shrimp in a mixture of flour, paprika, and cayenne to get that scrumptious Hawaiian taste! Serve with rice and a lemon wedge for the perfect meal.

Acai bowls

While not technically a native Hawaiian dish, acai bowls are pretty darn popular on the island. Not only are they fresh and delicious, but they’re easy to make at home too!

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They’re super customizable according to your tastes, but the base of a good acai bowl includes a thick blend of acai berries, some sliced bananas and strawberries, a handful of granola and blueberries, and a drizzle of honey. It’s the ideal snack/dessert to get your day going.

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