What are the five best Hawaii food experiences?

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We love the food in Hawaii, from the traditional pork that’s served at a luau to the stack of coconut-pineapple pancakes and steaming mug of Kona coffee we order practically every single morning for breakfast while we’re on the Big Island. Everything is fresh and delicious. These five food experiences are a must while in Hawaii:

1. The breakfast spot. Pancakes with fresh pineapple and coconut and a healthy sprinkle of powdered sugar, along with a steaming mug of rich Kona coffee. Breakfast in Hawaii is heaven on earth. You’ll find hole-in-the-wall breakfast spots serving such delicious fare all over Hawaii.

2. The plate lunch. Get it on the beach, in a general store (they still exist in Hawaii) or in a fine-dining restaurant. This perfectly balanced meal consists of two scoops of rice, a scoop of macaroni salad and an entrée, usually seafood or meat.

3. The luaus. Nothing captures the aloha spirit better than a luau — and the food is usually delicious. Traditional foods include roasted pig, poi (made by pounding taro root), poke (raw seafood marinated in lemon or lime juice with other condiments), lomilomi salmon (chopped-up salmon with tomatoes and onions), chicken long rice, haupia (coconut pudding) and kulolo (taro pudding).

4. Oceanside dining. You’ll find pretty oceanside dining all over Hawaii. Many restaurants have outdoor seating where the only light comes from the glow of the tiki torches.

5. The farm market. Farm markets are an excellent way to try some of the world’s best produce, as well as local treats. The Hilo Farmer’s Market on the Big Island is a great place to try strawberry papayas, which look like regular papayas, only their pink-orange flesh is sweeter.

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