Kitchen Road Trip: Hawaii


I’m just going to come right out and say it: It’s pretty unfair that Hawaii exists at all. I’m bitter because the Aloha State’s beautiful beaches, glorious food and bright colors are more than 4,500 miles away from me. How can I get there ASAP? I’m taking this column to some land-locked (but lovely) states for the next six weeks, so I guess I can forget, for just a minute, that it’s about road trips. Obviously, since it’s a series of islands, Hawaii is not accessible by road. Or even by ferry. One day, Hawaii, we will meet. And it will be awesome.

Last summer, I heard a bit on The Splendid Table about Hawaiian food. Before that, I hadn’t considered much about Hawaiian cuisine beyond pineapple pizza and mai tais. When you think about the abundance of fresh fish, fruits and spices in tropical regions, it begins to sound like a cooking gold mine. I really must experience this.

Also, I can’t believe this is already the 12th Kitchen Road Trip! Here you can find the other lists in this series, and you can also see some more of my favorite items from each state over on Pinterest. // susannah

Click below to see my favorite Hawaiian finds! 


1. Bamboo Paper Straws ($10 for 50) // 2.  Paisley Cloth Napkins by Soul Role* ($23) // 3. Coral Floral Washi Tape ($2.56) // 4. Garden Buzz Dessert Plate ($12) // 5. Lanikai Beach Print by Everything Is Jake* ($20) // 6. Madre Hawaiian Chocolate* ($10 to $13 each) // 7. Uturn Diamond Mosaic Tiles* // 8. Adoboloco Hawaiian Hot Sauce* ($10.99) // 9. ‘From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now’ by Arnold Hiura ($29.95) // 10. Paper Cocktail Umbrellas ($3.50 for 12)

*Made or designed in Hawaii

(Photo // Flickr)

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