Local Hawaiian Food Guide

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The local Hawaiian food scene is what chef’s and foodie’s dreams are made of. Tropical fruit, fresh fish, bold flavors and innovation. The warm climate makes it an ideal place for growing crops year round and the collective desire to support all things local allows artisans and farmers to thrive here.

When I first moved to Hawaii I had to start researching where I would find organic produce and pastured eggs, milk, meat and poultry. I wanted to learn which food products were made locally and which foods were grown here.

Although there are amazing sources for where to find the best farmers markets and farms (thank you Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine) I had to do some digging in order to find out what I would be able to find at these markets.

What you will find here is not a list of local Hawaiian dishes like poke or saimin but instead a list of local ingredients for creating dishes of your own. The idea was to have a reference sheet that I could use like a grocery list to make sure I was buying local whenever possible.

Below, is my running list of all local Hawaiian food that is either grown here or made by local artisans and where to find them. I am always updating it so feel free to check back in anytime to see what is new. Additionally, if you see that I am missing something on this list please let me know so I can add it.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place where the land and the people inspire me daily.


Produce – 

  • Fruit
    • Mango
    • Lychee
    • Pineapple
    • Coconut
    • ‘Ulu (breadfruit)
    • Jackfruit
    • Papaya
    • Mountain apples
    • Apple bananas
    • Guava
    • Sugarcane
    • Mamey Sapote
    • Soursop
    • Longan
    • Tahitian limes
    • Grapefruit
    • Lemons
    • Buddha’s hand (citron)
    • Tangerines
    • Kumquat
    • Pomelo
    • Tangelo
    • Naval oranges
    • Pitaya (dragonfruit)
    • Lilikoi (passion fruit)
    • Kiwi
    • Durian
    • Star fruit
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  • Vegetables
    • Hawaiian chili peppers
    • Green onion
    • Taro
    • ‘Olena (turmeric)
    • Maui onions
    • Avocados
    • Kula tomatoes
    • Kabocha squash
    • Garlic
    • Ginger
    • Carrots
    • Watercress
    • Kale
    • Corn
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Lettuces
    • Broccoli
    • Mushrooms
    • Jicama
    • Heart of palm
    • Japanese eggplant
    • Bok choy
    • Spinach
    • Tatsoi
    • Mizuna
    • Arugula
    • Red Sorrel
    • Beets
    • Daikon radishes
    • Fennel
    • Tomatillos
    • Cucumber
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Herbs – 

  • Basil
  • Moringa
  • Garlic chives
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Lemongrass
  • Comfrey
  • Mamaki
  • Edible flowers
  • Mint
  • Lavandar
  • Holy basil
  • Lemon balm
  • Thyme

Nuts – 

Meat/Poultry –

Seafood – 

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Dairy – 

Eggs –

Artisan Made Products – 


Where to shop

Grocery/Specialty Stores

Foodland Farms

Whole Foods

Down To Earth

Farmers Markets

For an extensive list of farmers markets in the Hawaiian islands where you can find many of these locally grown and made ingredients check out Edible Hawaiian Islands Hawaii Farm Guide.