Hawaii Foods and Culture

Food & Drinks

Numerous foods are available to delight your pallet. Majorly you will find foods based on seafood, chicken, pork and locally available foods and vegetables. You will enjoy special Hawaiian foods that are cooked using traditional methods. Hawaiian foods are influenced by Mexican, Chinese, Mediterranean and other Asian countries. There are several popular Hawaiian foods such as adobo, ahi, azuki, crack seed, dim sum, huli huli chicken, laulau, kalua pig, katsu, mahi mahi, malasadas, ono, opihi, plate lunch, poi, poke, saimin, shave ice, shoyu, ulu and more.

You will surely enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner at Hawaiian restaurants. And not only foods there are several Hawaiian drinks available to please your taste buds, including kulolo, Mai Tai, Piña Colada, Chi Chi, Tropical Itch, Lime Daiquiri, Mojito, Lava Lava, Hawaiian Margarita, Haupia, Lava Pit, Pina Colada, Kona Coffee-Tini, Mac Nut Martini, Mai Tai, Clipper-Tini and more.

Specialties Of Hawaii:

  • Macadamia nuts, coconut oatcakes with coconut syrup and coconut syrup
  • Local seafood opakapaka (pink snapper), moi (mullet) ulua, lobster, mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna
  • Pineapple and other tropical fruit

Culture

The tropical paradise ‘Hawaii’ has native culture. The Hawaiian Culture makes is different from others and is filled with various fascinating customs. As there are many ethnic groups are living from past 200 years. You can easily find impact of every ethnic group on Hawaiian culture.

Styles of hula— There are many styles of Hula…

Hula Kahiko: This is also known as the ancient hula because it evolved in the culture before the ancient Hawaiians. This is a dance form and chants accompanied it.

Hula Auana: You can call it modern hula; this dance form was developed under the western influence in the 19th century.

Hawaiian songs: Hawaiian music reflects Hawaiian culture. The modern Hawaiian song is influenced with modern plus ancient both culture. The local songs are related to Hawaii. While in the early time lyrics was religious in nature.

Hawaiian artworks— You will find expression of Hawaiian culture and tradition in their artworks. The ancient Hawaiians have created several artworks for both functional and aesthetic purposes. One of the finest examples of the Hawaiians’ distinguished craft is ‘The Kapa’.

Hawaiian festivals— If you want to know how much Hawaiians love to their culture then you must see their festivals. Hawaiian festivals are filled with their art, culture, tradition etc. Many festivals held yearly in Hawaii to introduce Hawaiian culture and tradition. One of the most popular is Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. You can enjoy various events during the festival including craft fairs, art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, the Hula competition and more for a week.

Aloha festival is also very popular and goes for two months. This festival celebrated in several Hawaii places including Oahu, Molokai, Kauai, Maui, Lanai, and the Big Island. It is one of the oldest and longest festivals.

Kamehameha Festival is a well-known local festival, established in 1800s. this festival is being celebrated on national holiday ‘Kamehameha Day’. In this festival you will be able to enjoy Hawaiian food and cultural presentations, craft-making sessions and chant competitions.

Facts And Figure:

Area- 10,931 sq mi (28,311 km2)

Population- 1,374,810 (2011 est)

Weather- Consistent and only minor changes throughout the year

Nearest Airport- Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu

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