Island Dining: Fresh and Local – Foods to Suit Your Buds

What’s the best part of island dining? We hope you like seafood! No worries, even if you don’t, it’s easy to find foods that better suit your buds.

Island Dining



Bursts of flavor are the signature of Hawaii’s unique palatable delights. From tender, grass-fed beef to fresh-from-the-farm goat cheese, Hawaii will spoil you with its incomparable quality and diversity of flavors. You’ll find some unique flavor pairings in Hawaii thanks to generations of plantation workers who came to Hawaii from all over the world and brought favorite meals with them. It’s not uncommon to find local restaurants with Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Portuguese influences. Be sure to round out any meal with some ripe fruit fresh from the market with your meal like sunny pineapple or sweet mango.

Fresh Fish

Nothing is better than island-caught fish. The islands’ fisheries provide the freshest tuna and mahi mahi you’ve ever tasted, plus ono (wahoo), opakapaka (pink snapper) and swordfish. Frequently fish served in Hawaii restaurants were caught within a day of serving. Also try local Kauai jumbo shrimp or oysters locally farmed at the famed Kualoa Ranch on Oahu.

Local Ingredients

With fishponds, taro fields and thriving farmlands, Hawaii was, for many generations, a self-sustaining community—and its residents have not forgotten. Locally sourced ingredients are a point of pride in Hawaii, and you can taste the difference in every savory bite. Check menus for local produce and fresh caught fish. These items will undoubtedly be some of the best things you’ll eat in this island paradise.


Whether it’s live music, a sunset view or fireknife dancing at a local luau, Hawaii’s best restaurants know how to complement great flavor with fun for the ultimate experience. Check out our events section for the latest schedule of fun things to see and do during your stay.

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