Kau Kau Kitchen
by Leilehua Yuen

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There is a difference!

Yes, there is a difference between local food and Hawaiian food! Contrary to what many believe, the traditional Hawaiian diet was NOT pork-based with pineapple, teriyaki chicken, and potato salad as sides. However, it sure can seem like LOCAL food is!

Indeed, many of our local foods ARE Hawaiian foods, but many others come from around the world! Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Scots, Indians, Filipinos, and many others have contributed to the amazing mixed plate we now call "local."


Pipi Kaula is a local treat which comes to us from our Paniolo tradition. Basically, it's Spanish beef jerkey Hawaiian style.

Many of the fruits now associated with Hawaiʻi were actually introduced at various times after the mid 1800s. Among them are papayas, pineapples, avocados, and mangos.

Please keep checking back, as we will be adding lots of local favorites, and cleaning up the page links!

And, remember, if you get stuck in one of the old pages, you can use your "back" button to head back to the home page! Mahalo!