Huli Huli Chicken

Huli means “turn” in Hawaiian and it’s name came from bystanders yelling “huli!” every time the chicken would turn over on the spit. The chicken is basted with a sweet sauce that is similar to teriyaki but with lots of pineapple juice in it.

Haupia Cake

Growing up and only being knee high to the bakery display at Zippy’s, I only knew haupia cake to also be topped with my favorite coconut pudding.Haupia (how-pee-ah), is a thick coconut pudding that is usually served as squares at the end of a luau buffet line, a perfect little sweet coconut bite to finish a heavy meal is perfect.The most modern interpretation of haupia is haupia cake, where it is used as a filling, in a white cake topped with whip cream icing.

Ono Butter Mochi

Butter mochi is a traditional Hawaiian treat, it is made with a high glutenous rice flour called Mochiko Flour. Like most Hawaiian food Butter Mochi is a fusion of different cultures who most likely met on in a plantation village. My guess on how butter mochi has come to be is that it is a hybrid of Japanese Mochi and Filipino Bibingka.

Banana Lumpia (Turon)

The thing that I love about filipino food is that it’s hard to nail down exactly what that is because so many other countries have introduced their own foods to the Philippines and we’ve made it our own. Every family has their own version of every filipino dish and this is no exception. These are our Banana Lumpia or Turon.

Authentic Chicken Long Rice

Authentic Hawaiian in under 30 minutes, with leftovers! This dish was brought to Hawaii from Chinese immigrants who introduced Hawaii to Cellophane Noodles (Glass noodles, bean thread noodles, or Chinese vermicelli).

SPAM Musubi

Musubi is a thick layer of rice with a slice of Spam that’s been cooked in a sweet-ish sauce and wrapped in a thin slice of nori. Much like many dishes before it, the Japanese immigrant population got hold of SPAM and Musubi was born. Some people say it’s “spam sushi” which, I guess it is.