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Local Grinds

a plate of food with rice meat and vegetables

In order to get the full experience when coming to the islands, you also have to try the staple dishes craved by locals. These seven staple foods include white rice, lau lau, poi, lomi lomi salmon, kalua pork and chicken long rice. These can often be found together on what’s called a “mixed plate” at certain spots on the island.

What is Kalua Pork?

Traditionally, meats such as kalua pork, were baked in an underground oven called an imu. In fact, the translation for kalua is “to cook underground”. It’s a slow roast process which produces a melt in your mouth perfection. It’s wrapped in order to keep it’s moisture and cooked with a modern liquid smoke or hardwood smoke touch that adds to the flavor.

What is Lomi Lomi Salmon?

Lomi lomi salmon is a simple mixture that delivers an explosion of flavor. Made with salted salmon, Maui sweet onion, tomato and green onion, it is served as a cold salad. Other ingredients commonly added are diced cucumber and chili pepper flakes.