Thanksgiving is in a few days and in case you wanted to try something other than turkey and mashed potatoes, we’re sharing a few Hawaiian recipes that will have your stomach thanking you! In Hawai‘i, we celebrate Thanksgiving as done on the mainland, but we sometimes add a little bit of a Hawaiian flare to our dishes.
One delicious dish that you can substitute for a turkey is Kalua pua‘a, or roast pork, as its normally prepared in the Hawaiian imu or underground steam oven, but will be just as tasty when baked at 350 degrees! Kalua pork is usually seasoned with sea salt and sometimes green onions and is a staple at all luaus. Another dish that locals rave about is Huli Huli chicken! Grilled chicken halves flavored with soy sauce and prepared with pineapple juice, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and wine! Usually eaten with white rice and corn or mac salad! We all know that nothing can replace a good pumpkin or apple pie, but in addition to those two amazing deserts, we recommend you try butter mochi! It is a local favorite – Japanese rice cake made with coconut and butter! Soooo ‘ono! Happy Holiday’s from the Hilo Hattie ‘Ohana!