Food is a key element of any society or culture, and in the islands food
is one of the many ways that we come to know each other better. By sharing food,
we learn something of another's culture, traditions and
celebrations. Even better, it means eating is never boring!
found in the islands today includes the life-sustaining
plants and animals that Polynesians brought with them in
their migrations throughout the Pacific plus all the foods
that later immigrants have brought along with them. We tend
to mix them all together and call the whole thing
"local food" or "local grinds".
(See Language for more local
Look here for luau
and imu cooking, canoe plants, taro (kalo), poke, poi and
lomilomi salmon, as well as rice, manapua, bean soup, spam
(of course), chicken long rice, sushi, shabu-shabu, and many