The Local Food of Hawaii:

Exploring the blend of ingredients and cultures that make up the cuisine of Hawaii.

Mangoes at the Kona Farmers' Market, Hawaii

Local mangoes at the Kona Farmers’ Market in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Saimin (Hawaii-style ramen) at Hamura’s Saimin in Kauai, Hawaii

Saimin (Hawaii-style ramen) at Hamura’s Saimin in Kauai, Hawaii

A market selling bentos, Spam musubi and boiled peanuts in Maui, Hawaii

A market selling bentos, Spam musubi and boiled peanuts in Maui, Hawaii

Roasted Kona Coffee peaberry beans at Kona De Pele in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kona Coffee peaberry beans at Kona De Pele in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Split ripe cacao pod at Original Hawaiian Chocolate in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Split ripe cacao pod at Original Hawaiian Chocolate in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Malasadas at KTA in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Malasadas at KTA in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Fresh poi made from local taro in Kauai, Hawaii

Fresh poi made from local taro in Kauai, Hawaii

Loco moco at Big Island Grill in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Loco moco at Big Island Grill in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Garlic shrimp at Savage Shrimp in Kōloa, Kauai, Hawaii

Garlic shrimp at Savage Shrimp in Kōloa, Kauai, Hawaii

Tako (octopus) poke at Pono Market in Kapaʻa, Kauai, Hawaii

Tako (octopus) poke at Pono Market in Kapaʻa, Kauai, Hawaii

Wild boar barbecue at the Anahola Farmers’ Market, Kauai, Hawaii

Wild boar barbecue at the Anahola Farmers’ Market, Kauai, Hawaii

Taro fields of northern Kauai, Hawaii

Taro fields of northern Kauai, Hawaii

Primo Island Lager Bombucha in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Primo Island Lager Bombucha in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Eggfruit (canistel) at the South Kona Fruit Stand in Hōnaunau, Hawaii

Eggfruit (canistel) at the South Kona Fruit Stand in Hōnaunau, Hawaii

Young coconuts in a truck bed near Hapuna Beach in Hawaii (Big Island)

Young coconuts in a truck bed near Hapuna Beach in Hawaii (Big Island)

White mountain apples at the Kauai Farmers’ Market in Kauai, Hawaii

White mountain apples at the Kauai Farmers’ Market in Kauai, Hawaii

Kona coffee cherries on the tree in Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kona coffee cherries on the tree in Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Korean banchan at Ono Seafood & Poke Korean BBQ in Hawaii (Big Island)

Banchan at Ono Seafood & Poke Korean BBQ in Hawaii (Big Island)

Bananas on the tree in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Bananas on the tree in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Ahi tuna poke at Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Ahi tuna poke at Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Starfruit for sale at a roadside stand in Maui, Hawaii

Starfruit for sale at a roadside stand in Maui, Hawaii

Coconut shrimp at Shrimp Station in Kapaʻa, Kauai, Hawaii

Coconut shrimp at Shrimp Station in Kapaʻa, Kauai, Hawaii

Okinawan sweet potatoes at the Kauai Farmers’ Market in Kauai, Hawaii

Okinawan sweet potatoes at the Kauai Farmers’ Market in Kauai, Hawaii

Locally grown lychee fruit in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Locally grown lychee fruit in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Mamey sapote at the South Kona Fruit Stand in Hawaii (Big Island).

Mamey sapote at the South Kona Fruit Stand in Hawaii (Big Island).

Hamachi poke at Ara’s Sakana-ya in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Hamachi poke at Ara’s Sakana-ya in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Korean chicken at Mark’s Place in Lihue (Līhuʻe), Kauai, Hawaii

Korean chicken at Mark’s Place in Lihue (Līhuʻe), Kauai, Hawaii

Spam musubi on the island of Maui, Hawaii

Spam musubi on the island of Maui, Hawaii

Big Wave Golden Ale in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Big Wave Golden Ale in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Japanese warabi at the Hilo Farmers' Market in Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)

Japanese warabi at the Hilo Farmers’ Market in Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)

Halo halo at Hilo Bay Sugar Shack in Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)

Halo halo at Hilo Bay Sugar Shack in Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)

Portuguese bean soup at Crivello's Place in Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)

Portuguese bean soup at Crivello’s Place in Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)

Breadfruit (ʻulu) for sale at a Farmers Market in Maui, Hawaii

Breadfruit (ʻulu) for sale at a Farmers Market in Maui, Hawaii

Grilled Ono (Wahoo) at Paia Fish Market in Maui, Hawaii

Grilled Ono (Wahoo) at Paia Fish Market in Maui, Hawaii

Local Maui Beef Burger at Stewz Burgers in Maui, Hawaii

Local Maui Beef Burger at Stewz Burgers in Maui, Hawaii

Maui Brewing Company Pilialoha Red Ale in Maui, Hawaii

Maui Brewing Company Pilialoha Red Ale in Maui, Hawaii

Portuguese sausage rolls at Maui Bread in Maui, Hawaii

Portuguese sausage rolls at Maui Bread in Maui, Hawaii

Sun Noodle brand Saimin Noodles (Hawaii-style Ramen) for sale in Maui, Hawaii

Sun Noodle brand Saimin Noodles (Hawaii-style Ramen) for sale in Maui, Hawaii

A roadside sign for fresh akule fish (scad) for sale in Kauai, Hawaii

A roadside sign for fresh akule fish (scad) for sale in Kauai, Hawaii

The Yee's Orchard Fruit Stand in Maui, Hawaii

The Yee’s Orchard Fruit Stand in Maui, Hawaii

Kauai Blue Mountain Peaberry coffee in Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai Blue Mountain coffee in Kauai, Hawaii

The Fish Market Maui Restaurant in Maui, Hawaii

The Fish Market Maui Restaurant in Maui, Hawaii

View outside the Kona Brewing Company in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

View outside the Kona Brewing Company in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Noni fruit at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau, Hawaii (Big Island)

Noni fruit at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kava root drink at Kanaka Kava in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kava root drink at Kanaka Kava in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Whole jackfruit at the South Kona Fruit Stand in Hōnaunau, Hawaii (Big Island)

Whole jackfruit at the South Kona Fruit Stand in Hōnaunau, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kalua pork lunch plate in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Kalua pork lunch plate in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Maui Gold pineapple for sale in Maui, Hawaii

Maui Gold pineapple for sale in Maui, Hawaii

Lau lau (pork in taro leaf) for breakfast at Dani’s Restaurant in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Lau lau (pork in taro leaf) for breakfast at Dani’s Restaurant in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Sign outside Kumu Farms in Maui, Hawaii

Sign outside Kumu Farms in Maui, Hawaii

Papaya orchard outside Pāhoa, Hawaii (Big Island)

Papaya orchard outside Pāhoa, Hawaii (Big Island)

Hawaiian shave ice at Scandinavian Shave Ice in Hawaii (Big Island).

Hawaiian shave ice at Scandinavian Shave Ice in Hawaii (Big Island).

 

Nate Gray has captured images of food, cooking and culture throughout the world. His photographs have appeared in several publications including USAToday.com, The Huffington Post, Smithsonian.com, AsiaSociety.org, Salon.com, Frommers.com, Getty.edu, CNNTravel.com and others. (cphotoj.com)