Must-Try Food Products from Hawai`i (that you may not have heard of)

When you think of Hawai`i’s cuisine, you may envision a bounty of exotic tropical fruit...or you may picture the now-ubiquitous poke bowl. Or, you may think of poi and loco moco. Those are all available in abundance, to be sure, but Hawai`i also boasts a wide variety of readymade food and drink products made from locally grown ingredients. These items are a delicious way to taste Hawai`i, and give a boost to agriculture in our island state. Here are just a few of our favorites:

  • Maui Fruit Jewels - These artisan candies are packed with flavor, and no wonder - each one consists of more than 50% locally grown fruit. Their confections include flavors like Ginger Pineapple, Passion Fruit (Liliko`i), Papaya and Coconut, each more delicious than the last. Maui Fruit Jewels truly live up to their name, and are they make a lovely host or hostess gift.  
 Photo courtesy of Maui Fruit Jewels

Photo courtesy of Maui Fruit Jewels

  • Voyaging Foods Chocolate Lava cookies - These gluten-free cookies are made using taro flour - the ancient starch of Hawai`i that also happens to be nutrient packed and celiac friendly. Rich and decadent, these treats let you enjoy taro in a whole new way.

 Photo courtesy of Voyaging Foods

Photo courtesy of Voyaging Foods

  • Kunoa Cattle Beef Bar - We love Kunoa Cattle’s visionary approach to sustainable ranching in Hawai`i. Their cattle are raised on pasture, are rotationally grazed, and are processed in facilities powered by renewable energy. Kunoa Cattle Beef Bars are an all-natural, protein-rich snack that supports responsible agriculture in Hawai`i.
 Photo courtesy of Kunoa Cattle

Photo courtesy of Kunoa Cattle

  • Lonohana Estate Chocolate - Hawai`i is the only state in the US where cacao can be grown, and we have a burgeoning community of chocolate makers. Our favorite is Lonohana Estate, which is a true “tree to bar” grower and maker of amazing chocolate. Their chocolate is the best we’ve tasted; our favorite is the Big Island Dark 73%, which features just two ingredients: Big Island cacao and organic cane sugar.
 Photo courtesy of Lonohana Estate Chocolate

Photo courtesy of Lonohana Estate Chocolate

  • Hawaiian Ola noni products - We can’t help but include ourselves on this list! We use organic noni (Hawai`i’s superfood) as the base for our delicious and good-for-you sparkling drinks. Noni has many health benefits, including being a potent anti-inflammatory, and our sparkling beverages are an easy way to take advantage. Available in caffeine-free and energy varieties.
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The best thing about these products - aside from being delicious - is that every time you purchase them, you’re supporting a small business that is having a positive environmental impact for Hawai`i. It’s a win for everyone!