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Costco Made in Hawaii Eats

As with other locales around the country and abroad, the very popular Costco warehouse club stores in Hawaii carry a wide selection of locally-made products, especially for food and beverages.

Yeah, yeah, SPAM isn’t made in Hawaii, but hey, are there any other locations around the country that carry SPAM in bulk like they do at Costco and Sam’s Club here in the islands? If so, that would be very surprising. In fact, one year during the holiday season, Costco carried a SPAM Gift Pack, that included 8 cans of SPAM and a Musubi Maker, specially packaged for the Hawaii market by Hormel. Here’s how that looked…

SPAM Musubi Gift Pack – Hawaii 2006

But enough about SPAM, as here today we’ll put a spotlight on Costco’s inventory of made in Hawaii food products, including candies and snacks, locally-grown produce, seafood, sauces, baked goods, fruit juices, as well as popular Hawaiian and asian specialty items. And if it’s not made in Hawaii, like SPAM,  products that are either packaged for Hawaii’s market, or has ties to Hawaii, especially when it comes to Macadamia Nuts.

This post is actually a special request by reader Beedoo747, an Australian native who will be returning to Oahu once again for vacation, and wanted to know what exactly our Costco stores carry that’s unique to Hawaii. As may be 5-gallon buckets of Vegemite from Costco in Australia? Hmmm.

Being that I recently upgraded my first gen’ Samsung Galaxy Note “phablet” to a Galaxy Note II just this past weekend, I thought I’d test its camera by using that to take the photos for this post.

As it turned out, I should have researched the manual settings for the camera before heading out for the photo shoot, as, relying on full Auto Mode, image stabilization had been turned off by default from the factory, so any slight hand-held shakes resulted in blurred out photos, as was exposure metering turned off, so shadowed areas were really underexposed, while more than lighted areas were overexposed. Note (no pun intended), the only setting I did alter was the flash, forcing it OFF, so it wouldn’t fire in the store, nor do I really care for the artificial lighting of LED flashes, anyhow.

Still, while I didn’t punch in all the correct settings on this breaking-in photo shoot, resulting in more than a few less-than-ideal shots, it also managed to crank out some really nice and crisp photos, with accurate colors, especially the macro shots. It will be fun experimenting with the settings in the future with food photos for this blog using my new, smokin’ fast, beautifully big, crisp and vibrant screen, totally AWESOME Note II.

Time to head on over to Iwilei Costco and go on our Made in Hawaii window shopping tour. Enjoy!

Enjoy Snacks Grad Pack Graduation Leis – 2 Arare Lei, 1 Hibiscus Lei, 1 Good Luck Lei, 1 Chun Pei Fruit Lei, 1 Jelly Fruit Lei – 21.5 oz. $16.39

Mauna Loa Milk Chocolate Coconut Macadamias
– 28 oz. $12.99

Brown & Haley Macadamia Roca (a Hawaiian twist on Almond Roca; not made in Hawaii) – 28 oz. package $9.59

Brown & Haley Macadamia Roca (a Hawaiian twist on Almond Roca). Click image to see reverse side of packaging.

Hawaiian Host Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts Scenic Box Carry Pack – six 7 oz. boxes 17.98

Hawaiian Sun 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate Whole Macadamia Nuts – six 5 oz. boxes $21.99

Hawaii Host Island Trio – 6 package set $17.88

Hershey’s Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Milk Chocolate Kisses (not made in Hawaii) – $11.78

Hawaiian Sun Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts – 24 oz $10.19

Island Princess Mele Macs – 36 oz. $15.99

Island Princess Lightly Salted Whole Macadamia Nuts – 2 lbs. $19.99

Hawaiian Host Caramacs –  six 6oz. carry pack $13.67

Mauna Loa Honey Roasted Macadamia Nuts – six 4.5 oz. $18.98

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts Island Classics Assortment – four 4.5 oz. & two 5 oz. $18.98

Mauna Loa Mountains Macadamia Nut Chocolate – twelve 5 oz. carry pack $25.98

Mac Farms Kona Coffee Dark Chocolate Macadamias – 28 oz. $11.59

Tomoe Brand Mix Arare – 38 oz. $12.49

Island Princess Macadamia Nut Popcorn Crunch – 24 oz. 9.59

Hawaiian Chip Company Sweet Potato & Taro Chips – 12.75 oz. $10.99

Maui Style Maui Onion Potato Chips (Frito-Lay, Inc., not made in Hawaii) – 22.2 oz. $7.89

Teriyaki Marlin Jerky – 7 oz. $8.29

Kirkland Macadamia Caramel Clusters (not made in Hawaii) – 2 lbs. $12.99

Hawaii Popcorn Company Hurricane Popcorn (popcorn mixed with mochi crunch & furikake) – 10 oz. $5.49

Hawaiian Popcorn Company Microwave Hurricane Popcorn – four 6 oz. $12.78

Hawaiian Popcorn Gourmet Kettle Corn – two 10 oz. $6.95

Cookies in Paradise Furikake Party Mix – 22 oz. $14.99

Hawaii Star Bakery Poi, Wheat and White English Muffins –  18 count 3-pack 2 lbs. 13 oz. $6.58

Punalu’u Sweet Bread – 24 oz. 4.85

Maunakea Baking Company Taro Rolls – 18 oz. 12 count $4.29

Taro Brand Poi – 3 lbs $13.99

Garlic Shrimp, Kajiki Sea Asparagus and Spicy Ahi Poke – $12.99-15.99/lb.

Sesame Wasabi Ahi, Limu Ahi and Shoyu Ahi Poke – $15.99-17.99.99/lb.

Hot Rice Poke Bowls price list

Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna) – $14.99/lb.

Mahimahi (Dolphin Fish; not the same as Dolphins like Flipper!) – $14.99/lb.

Opah (Moonfish) – $15.99/lb.

Ono (Wahoo) – $13.99/lb.

Kajiki (Blue Marlin) – $12.99/lb.

Opakapaka (Pink Snapper) – $7.99/lb.

Kauai Shrimp – $9.99/lb.

Ahi (Tuna) & Au (Marlin) Sashimi Tray – $11.99/lb.

Ahi (Tuna) Sashimi Tray – $14.99/lb.

Hawaiian Harvest Long Eggplant

Kamuela Cucumbers – 3 count

Hawaiian Grown Kamuela Cluster Tomatoes $7.99 (3.995/lb)

Hamakua Springs Cocktail Tomatoes $7.79 ($2.895/lb)

Hamakua Alii Mushrooms “Fungal Jungal” 8 oz. $5.29

Hawaii #1 Apple Bananas – 3 lbs. $4.99

Dole Pineapple – $2.99 each

Hawaiian Harvest Premium Large Papaya – 4 each 3 lbs. total net weight $6.99

So Ono Fresh! Cut Fruit Bowl 2.5  lbs. $12.99

So Ono Fresh! Cut Papaya 2.75 lbs. $10.99

So Ono Fresh! Cut Pineapple Slices 3.25 lbs. $9.99

Tokyo Bento Fried Saimin net wt 23.3 oz. $8.89

Tokyo Bento SPAM Musubi 4 Pk net wt 22 oz. $5.99

Tokyo Bento Cone Sushi 10 Piece 19 oz $5.79

Tokyo Bento California Roll  2 Pk 16 Pc $7.59

Tokyo Bento Futomaki Sushi  2 Pk 16 Pc $7.59

May’s Teriyaki Beef Patties net wt 10 lbs. $38.29

May’s Kalbi Beef Short Ribs net wt 10 lbs. $75.97

May’s Teriyaki Chicken Thighs net wt 10 lbs. $34.69
Choice Beef Bulgogi (Korean BBQ) $4.99/lb.
• Sliced Choice Chuck Roll • Sliced White Onions • Korean BBQ Sauce •  Sesame Seeds

Viva La Familia Maui Salsa Net Wt 2 lbs. $5.59

Costco’s local kine grindz refrigerator section

Honda Regular Tofu – two 20 oz. $3.22

Sun Noodle Yaki Soba – eight 5.5 oz. pkgs $4.55

Sun Noodle Shoyu Ramen – four 11 oz. pkgs $9.35

Sun Noodle Hawaii’s Original Saimin (not S&S) – four 4.5 oz. pkgs $4.65

Rego’s Purity Mild Portuguese Sausage – four 12 oz. sausages $9.49

Gouvea’s Original Hawaiian Brand Pork & Chicken Portuguese Sausage – four 10 oz. sausages $7.99

Redondo’s Arabiki Sausage  Net Wt 1 lb. 4 oz. $9.23

Redondo’s Mild King Size Portuguese Sausage – four 12 oz. sausages – $9.79
Redondo’s Charsiu & Pipi Kaula (Hawaiian style cured beef)

Redondo’s Sliced Portuguese Sausage (shaped like SPAM for musubi) – 32 oz. $6.98

Hanalei Poi
  – 1 lb. container $6.99

Ono Ono brand Charsiu – 2 lbs. $11.99

Golden Coin Baked Charsiu Manapua – 6 count 42 oz. $4.98

Golden Coin Charsiu Manapua – 6 count 42 oz. $4.65

May’s Kalua Pork – three 1 lb. pkgs $15.82

Keoki’s Kalua Pork – 48 oz. $18.76

Keoki’s Pork Laulau – 5 count 50 oz. $12.77

Amano Gobo Tempura Fish Cake – four 6 oz. cakes $6.38

Okuhara Kamaboko Fishcake – four 5.5 oz. cakes $7.39

Haleiwa Smoke House Smoked Ahi – 1 lb. $12.19

Taegu (shredded Pollock) – 16 oz. 9.99

Goma Wakame Salad (Sesame Seaweed) – 16 oz. $5.45

Ohana Seafoods Miso Butterfish – 1 lb. $15.99 and Halm’s Cucumber Kim Chee

Halm’s Won Bok Kim Chee – 48 oz. $7.49

Taro Brand Lomi Salmon – 32 oz. $5.79

Ani’s Bake Shop 9″ Custard Pie – $8.98

Ani’s Bake Shop 9″ Chocolate Haupia Pie – $10.98

Ani’s Bake Shop 9″ Banana Cream Pie – $10.98

Ani’s Bake Shop Chocolate Cream Puff – 10 piece 14 oz. $8.98

NOH Foods Haupia Mix – 3 lbs. $9.49

POMAI Rice… just kiding, HOMAI Rice (not made in Hawaii – 50 lbs. 

Hormel SPAM 25% Less Sodium – bulk pack

S&S Cup Saimin
(ready to serve, including garnish) – twelve 5 oz. cups $10.99

Aloha Shoyu  Low Salt – 1 gallon $7.87

Aloha Shoyu – 1 gallon $7.87

Aloha Shoyu Cooking Soy Sauce –  5 gallons $27.78

Aloha Shoyu condiment packets – 500 count $18.69

Kikkoman Shoyu (not made in Hawaii) – 5 gallons $29.69

Kikkoman Panko  (Japanese bread crumbs; not made in Hawaii) – 25 lbs. $16.99

Halm’s Hawaiian Barbecue Sauce – 64 oz. $11.39

Hawaii Candy Wun Tun Strips (for Oriental Salad) – 26 oz. $12.48

Diamond Bakery Soda Crackers
– 30 oz. 6.69

School Kine Cookies
Cornflake Butter Crunch Cookies – 30 oz. $10.49

Anahola (Kauai Hawaiian Homestead) Granola – 24 oz. $7.99

Carrington Farm Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (not made in Hawaii) – 54 oz. $17.39

Haleakala Meadow Gold POG (Passion Orange Guava) Juice  – 1 gallon $4.25

Aloha Maid Tropical Fruit Juice Variety Pack – twenty-four 11.5 oz. cans (1 case) $7.78

Hawaiian Sun All-Natural Green Tea with Ginseng – twenty-four 11.5 oz. cans (1 case) $8.29

Kona Brewing Co. Variety Pack: 6 Longboard Lager, 6 Fire Rock Ale, 6 Big Wave Golden Ale & 6 Seasonal Beer Aloha Series – twenty-four 12 oz. bottles (1 case) – $26.96

Kona Brewing Co. Longboard Island Lager – twenty-four 12 oz. bottles of Liquid Aloha $26.79

Aloha Beer Company Aloha Lager – twenty-four 12 oz. bottles (1 case) – $26.99

Reverse Print men’s Aloha shirts

Da Hui men’s board shorts

Wavestorm 9 ft. 6 in. Stand-Up Paddleboard (not made in Hawaii) – $444.99

Equinox 12 ft. Tandem Kayak (not made in Hawaii) – $529.99
Wavestorm 8 ft. Soft Top Surf Board – $114.99
CBC 5’8″ Soft Surfboard Package – $65.99

Premium Floral Bouquet – $14.99 & Rainforest Alliance Premium Roses – 18 count $16.99

S&W Orchids Simple, Fancy and Elegant Orchids – 6″ pot $14.49, $18.99 and $22.89

Leilani Nursery Succulent 8″ Patio Box $13.99


Well there ya’ go. I later realized I missed a few things, such as Diamond Bakery Soda Crackers and Kalei Organic Eggs, which I’ll retrofit later. Otherwise, this is pretty much everything I could currently find in stock at the Iwilei Costco that’s made in Hawaii or packaged/fitting for the Hawaii Market. I don’t have a Sam’s Club membership (used to), where I’m sure they have some stuff Costco doesn’t have, and vice versa. However this looks to be the gist of it, save for some gourmet dressings and other “boutique” made in Hawaii food items that are sold at Costco for a limited time only. Top of mind, butter mochi and Kona Abalone being some of those items.

As warehouse club members are well aware of, the prices aren’t always the cheapest here, as you can sometimes find the same products at around the same price or cheaper when on sale at other retailers, albeit in smaller packaging quantities, which  actually can be more practical, particularly with perishable items for smaller households. Yet there are certainly items at Costco that you just can’t beat anywhere else for price, especially breads, cereals, sauces, spices, cooking oil and dairy products.

Before we finish, here’s a look at Costco Hawaii’s current Food Court menu next to the entrance of the store…

Some changes from “before” include the removal of the Bulgogi Beef Bake, as well as the addition of the Hot Turkey and Provolone Sandwich, while only select Costco locations such as here at Iwilei carry the Fresh Made Gelato. Yum!

I’d like to see Costco’s Food Court offer at least one regional item, such as Saimin. Simple enough to prepack with the fresh noodles and garnish, like how S&S and Okahara does, where the servers only need add piping hot water for service. This is how that might look, thanks to my mad Photoshoppin’ skillz…

Wrapping it up, for all you folks on the mainland and abroad who have family on Oahu, now you can simply refer to this post to create a Hawaii Costco shopping list of what “local kine grindz” you want them to ship to you or bring with them on their next visit!

“Costcos”. Gotta’ love ’em!

48 thoughts on “Costco Made in Hawaii Eats

  • April 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Ho Pomai awesome post. You are on a roll with the last several posts. I always pack a jug of Halms with me. Love the win tun strips but can’t stop eating them. You supposed to eat it with salad?? :-D I use to bring back a cooler of laulau and purity sausage before the airlines started charging for baggage. Auwe! I BROUGHT back a bag of the marlin jerky. It was ok but too sweet. I will definitely try the Haleiwa smoked ahi next time.

    Anybody know how to turn off auto correct on Kindle? Freaking frustrating when it doesn’t let me type what I Want. For instance Auwe kept getting changed to the word user. Also, capitalizing for no reason. Must be my OIA education.

  • April 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Disregard that last part of my post. Figured it out :loser:

  • April 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Wow! Awesome article! Firstly, congrats on the Note 2, which is what I have! I love it! I previously had a Galaxy S2, then Galaxy S3, and now the Note…all of them take awesome pics! When I went to Hawaii (big island and Oahu) last summer, I didn’t take my point-and-shoot, just my S3, and took over 200 pics and some video…only a few that didn’t turn out good.

    I’m SO jealous of your Costco stuff! I wish there was a way to buy and ship the papaya, I really am spoiled with local papaya vs. mexico kind which is all we get here. I would so love to buy a tray of ahi sashimi! I’m planning on making another trip to Oahu in August, just in time for the Made-In-Hawaii festival…I might have to make a run through of Costco, would love to find aloha print car seat covers. :-D

    Oh also, on your Facebook page, I posted a link to Shirokiya announcement of a new (limited time) Ramen eatery. Looks good!

  • April 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Pomai, the moment my cousins in San Francisco see this entry they would like for me to get some things from Costco for them. Taro breads and English muffins. Some smoked ahi is not bad too.

    They wonder if the manapuas are good as Char Hung Suet? I really don’t know but they do look good still.

  • April 20, 2013 at 7:55 am

    This is so incredible. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! ;)

    I am hugely looking forward to visiting Costco and picking up some of these awesome treats. Especially excited about the 70% cacao mac nuts, and the Macadamia Roca.

    We Aussies love to visit Oahu and shop. My last trip I arrived with hand luggage only and I took 80kgs of luggage back home – clothes, shoes, treats.. This time I am planning to post some stuff back.

    Many multitudes of Mahalo. ;)

  • April 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

    @ Beedoo747 – You’re very welcome! I’ll probably retake some of the really blurry photos, now that I’ve practiced more with the camera settings on my GNII. The thing can take some AMAZING photos when it’s set-up right! Sounds like you’re a dark chocolate fan, where you also should check out the Mac Farms Kona Coffee Dark Chocolate Macadamias, also available there (see photo and link above).

    I’m curious what you folks have at Costco in Australia that’s unique. Seriously, do they have Vegemite in bulk sizes there?

    @ Amy – I tried the Golden Coin Manapua sold at Costco quite a while ago, which from what I remember, the bun was too chewy and dense, while the charsiu filling was dry, and that was from a brand new package. I’ll have to try it again to reconfirm that, however I’m not inclined to buy a whole package just to try it again. Try search online if anyone’s reviewed it. Our office CONSTANTLY gets bombarded with Manapua from the “Big Three”, and of all them, I think Chun Wah Kam has the best baked and steamed manapua in its current form. I used to be a Libby’s fan, but their charsiu filling has declined in quality, IMO. I’d go 1st place to Chun Wah Kam, 2nd to Char Hung Sut, and 3rd place to Libby’s. Before it was flipped the other way around.

    @ Ann – I must say, after experimenting with the HDR setting, changing the light metering mode to matrix, as well as switching the image stabilization on, my GNII shots are turning out fantastic! I’m hoping I can depend on it to take good enough shots that I wont’ need to also carry my S95 with me, just my phone.

    As for the photos posted here that turned out blurry, instead of retaking them, perhaps instead, I’ll do a Costco Made in Hawaii follow-up next year, as you know how their inventory changes. Besides, I’m working on adding links to product pages where you can see it better and get more info’, anyway.

    Thanks for the link. Yeah, Yataimura food court in Shirokiya constantly brings in new vendors from Japan in a spot towards the back area. I missed trying this Tokyo Ramen shop that was there recently. Darned it!

    Don Quijote has Aloha Print Car Seat Covers. Looked like “fair” quality. Probably last a couple years, max. You might also want to check the Aloha Stadium Flea Market for that.

    @ kobi – I agree, that teriyaki marlin jerky at Costco is a bit too sweet for my taste as well. The best one is the Roy’s brand smoked marlin from Hilo, however, Tropic Fish & Vegetable stopped bringing it in to Oahu. Not sure if the company is still around. Now that you mention smoked fish, I really need to blog Tamashiro Market. I bet there’s some amazing hidden seafood GEMS in that store!

    I’ll pick-up a bag of the Haleiwa Smokehouse Smoked Ahi from Costco and blog review it for you. Why not. Tough job, but someone’s gotta’ do it! :-D

    In the mean time…

    • April 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Would love to get the review of the smoked ahi. My mom is coming up next month so I can add it to my list.

  • April 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Pomai, never have the Ted’s pies? Last time I was there for the holidays, they had the pies – looked super good. But I neva buy. Too many calories! You all gung ho with your camera in Costco. Good job!

    • April 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm


      I don’t recall Costco carrying Ted’s Pies, as most other grocery stores here do, however Costco used to carry Ani’s Chocolate Haupia Pie, as well as a couple other flavors. While I didn’t notice Ani’s Pies there on this walkthrough, either, which they used to sell. When I go back to retake some photos, I’ll check if Ani’s is still there.

      Speaking of the holiday season, IMO, Ted’s best flavor during that time and above all, is their Pumpkin Haupia Pie, usually only available around Thanksgiving. The combination of pumpkin and haupia is winnahz! Ani’s Bakery in Halawa also offers Okinawan Sweet Potato Haupia Pie exclusively bakery direct, which is another winnah combo’!

      • April 21, 2013 at 3:19 am

        OK I’ll have to try Pumpkin Haupia pie. Sounds like a strange combination but if you say it’s good, I’m willing to give it a try. Going to Google to see if I can find a recipe. Thanks!!!

  • April 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’m telling you, you need da Coconut Wireless website! For the latest scoops on stuffs and who has what and where.

  • April 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I see some pretty good deals here. Smoked Ahi at $12.19 a pound as compared to fresh at $14.99. And Opakapaka at $7.99 a pound!!! That is almost at reef fish price. Fry those bad boys up or cook them chinese style. :silly:

  • April 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    For what it is worth, a few comments about the smoked ahi. It is very salty, not sweet at all. And it is a huge amount because it is so dense. And sometime tough. The latter is easily taken care of by cross-cutting all into smaller pieces. I would recommend this as a party pupu. Toasted in a toaster oven, and served with tooth picks with some Hanalei poi as a dip, like pipi kaula is at pupu parties. Get out the old koa or monkeypod serving trays you wish you had a use for. It is an unbelievable buy, as pointed out by AmyB.

    • March 19, 2015 at 9:08 am

      The smoked Ahi is amazing.  Me and my sister were there in Oct 14 and we both brought an extra bag home with us.  If anyone knows how to order this from the mainland that would be fabulous.



  • April 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

    @ pat – $12.19 for a 1 lb. bag of smoked ahi truly is a bargain, with the market price of fresh ahi right there at Costco going for $14.99/lb.. Also considering that it took much more in weight of fresh ahi to yield 1 lb. after being dehydrated from the smoking process. Dang, now I get “da’ onos” for smoked ahi! I think I’ll have to get that stuff and “review” it today!

    Here’s the post on the Roy’s brand from Hilo.

    @ Gayle – There’s a few Pumpkin Haupia Pie recipes out there, such as this one totally from scratch from HECO…
    Ted’s Haupia Pumpkin Pie (towards the bottom of the LONG list)…

    I can’t bake to save my life, but I’d like to try making a “Lava Flow” Pie using Strawberry Jello, Haupia and Pineapple Cheese cake as the layers, somehow giving it a swirled effect like the mixed drink. Seems easy enough. FYI, a Lava Flow is essentially a Pina Colada with sweetened macerated strawberries at the bottom and swirled up the sides glass. I don’t care for mixed drinks, but if I must, Lava Flow is my choice. Hold the umbrella, please. :-D

  • April 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Gotta love that Costco chicken bake. The menu looks all the same even here in London!

  • April 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Costco today just had Black Cod, H/G (headed and gutted) at $6.99 per pound. This is indeed a treat as Black Cod is fished out of the Gulf of Alaska and is landed in the Seattle area however most of it goes straight to Japan.

    Got them soaking for Misoyaki tomorrow.

    As you well know, Black Cod AKA Butterfish is a primary ingredient in Lau Lau. I say ‘primary’ as IMHO all Lau Lau tastes incomplete once you had one with Butterfish. Not to be confused with Escolar or Walu which is sometimes substituted. At your own peril I may add……

  • April 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

    @ ArnyB – I agree, Laulau is incomplete without Butterfish. When I was a kid, I HATED butterfish, but now I can’t get enough of the stuff! Young’s Fish Market sells a Laulau that just has Butterfish (no pork or chicken in it). Some places will add pork belly to compensate for the fatty element missing if they don’t also put butterfish in their Laulau, mainly for cost. I’ll have to review that Ohana Seafoods Misozuke Butterfish from Costco. Our Costco also sells H/G Black Cod (aka Butterfish), however I didn’t include it as, it’s not caught in Hawaiian waters like the other fish featured. Actually though, some of those fish were probably caught in Pacific waters outside Hawaii’s fishing zone. Longline boats typically need to go hundreds of miles out from Hawaii for their catch. My favorite is actually Monchong, which like Opah, is bycatch on their Ahi lines. It’s super fatty and moist like Black Cod, yet more neutral flavored like Ono (Wahoo). When out dining, if I see Monchong on the seafood menu, that’s what I order. Next would be whole Moi.

    @ Sean – Interesting that even out in London, the food court menu is the same. No “banger” dogs? check out the Costco Food Court menu, “Hawaii edition” I Photoshopped and just added to the post above (towards the end). Now featuring SAIMIN!

  • April 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Pomai, I got to get kalua pork for lot things. Soft taco and burrito and sandwiches.

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:54 am


      Try making this super ono take on Kalua Pork gone Mex’:


      • Kalua Pork
      • Flour tortillas x however many you want, 2 per Quesadilla
      Sargento’s 4-Cheese Mexican Blend, shredded (Monterey Jack, Mild Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero)
      • Sour Cream
      • Salsa (preferably Mango Salsa for its sweet, fruity tone to compliment the pork; “Costcos” stay get ’em)
      • Green Onion and Cilantro, chopped finely

      Spread a modest layer of Kalua Pork (don’t put too much or it overpowers everything else) on a round flour tortilla, then sprinkle shredded Mexican Cheese Blend over the Kalua Pork, more or less to your discretion. Cover with with another round flour tortilla, then pan-fry or grill both sides of quesadilla with a little oil until tortilla browns a bit and cheese completely melts into the kalua pork.

      Slice into wedges and plate, served with a topping or side of sour cream, mango salsa, chopped green onion and cilantro. Enjoy!

  • April 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Just got an Otterbox Commuter Case in “Glacier White” for my Titanium Grey Note II, and it looks *snaps* FAB! Check it out…







    I must say, Otterbox certainly makes a great quality case, and their Commuter series case fits the Galaxy Note II perfectly. Not one issue with gaps or misalignment. I prefer the design of the 2-layer silicone and polycarbonate design of their Commuter series over their Defender cases which has a screen protector overlay. I prefer a screen protector that’s adhered to the screen itself, not overlaid like the Defender design, where it not only can add more distortion to the beautiful Note II screen, but can also get dust and debris between the overlay and the screen, as I’ve heard others complain about.

    I’m admittedly VERY clumsy when it comes to small electronic gadgets, and I feel totally confident the Otterbox Commuter will keep my Note II protected from ME. The silicone inner layer completely encapsulates the back, sides and bezel of the Note II, with an extra thick bezel rim to protect the screen from a face-down fall, kinda’ like Casio’s G-Shock watches. That same silicone layer also completely covers the volume rocker button and power button on the opposite side, while separating the Otterbox from other brands such as Ballistic. That’s especially a plus for food bloggers such as myself, where I’m constantly handling both food and my camera at one time. Hey, that can get tricky, ya’ know!

    The Otterbox Commuter also has a protective flap covering the micro-USB port on the bottom and headphone jack port on top. Which is definitely a plus for me, being I’m always at the beach (when not at work), constantly exposing my gadgets to sand. The white polycarbonite outter shell has a nice semi-gloss finish to it, which is nice, as I’ve already gotten food and greasy hand smudges on it, and it wiped completely off, no problems. Despite its semi-gloss finish, it’s also slightly textured and knurled for grip, which certainly gives it a more confidence-inspiring feel in the hands in comparison to holding the Note II without any case on.

    Applying the screen protector was a challenge, and while I didn’t get it PERFECT (no bubbles, perfect alignment), I’m happy overall with the result, with just a couple tiny dust bubbles that all but disappear once the Note II’s beautiful and big screen is lit up.

    As for the Samsung Galaxy Note II? OMG, this is only my second week with it, still learning all it can do, and I am totally IN LOVE WITH IT. By far THE BEST smartphone on the market right now, IMO. WAY better than iPhone 5, and even the soon-to-come HTC ONE, regardless of Samsung’s plastic build. It’s SMOKING FAST, HD videos look as good on it as an iPad Mini, and the S-Pen is totally useful, especially for the work I do, where I’m out on the field ever now and then needing to jot down hand notes. This totally eliminates my need for a physical note pad and pen. Best of all, the way it feathers a line just like a real pencil or pen and can translate hand writing to text is amazing. And I’m still just scratching the surface of the Note II’s capabilities.

    Another cool feature is NFC or “Near Field Communication”, where you can pair two Galaxy S series phones together wirelessly to transfer data. I just did that this morning with my coworker’s Galaxy SIII (the Note II’s lil’ brother), and it transferred a full resolution (over 2 MB) photos within seconds, and a full length HD movie in MP4 codec within 10 minutes. Su-weet!

    Battery life? EXCELLENT. AT 3100 mAh, the GN II’s battery is by far one of, if not the largest in a smartphone yet, which of course is needed to power its class-leading quad core 1.6 GHz Exynos processor and massive 5.5″ Super AMOLED HD display. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it would last over 2 days of heavy use (web surfing, emails, talk time, etc.), as some have proclaimed, but it easily lasts an entire day, from morning ’til sleep on a single charge. Which is amazing for such a large, power-packed multi-media phone. Besting the iPhone (any model) and HTC ONE in that regard, all Samsung Galaxy phones feature user-replaceable Li-Ion batteries and Micro-SD memory expansion slots just beneath its back cover. Ever try changing an iPhone battery yourself? Unless you’re somewhat tech-savvy, good with with electronic micro-tools, have really good eye sight and very steady hands (those micro ribbon cable receptacles can be IMPOSSIBLE!), forget about it! I tried it once, unsuccessfully, ending up taking the iPhone to a repair shop to replace the worn-out battery, which ended up costing $70. For that, I could have bought two brand new OEM Samsung batteries on eBay for my GN II, and be able to use them as spares whenever needed, something not possible with the iPhone.

    As for size, read other reviews about the Note II being a “phablet” (Phone/Tablet), and you’ll quickly see the consensus that it’s not too big at all, even for petite women. Especially for women, being that they usually put their phones in hand bags anyway, so size isn’t an issue… at least for cell phones. lol Also, you can assign the keyboard in the settings for one-handed use, particularly useful if you’re a one-handed “texter” (is that a word?). Me? I can type pretty fast on a full-sized keyboard, but texting on a smartphone? Forget about it!

    Aside of needing a keyboard, mouse and full-size monitor needed for the graphic design and blogging app I use, I could just as well toss my home PC out the window and just use the Note II, it’s THAT powerful and technologically AMAZING! If you’re looking for a new smartphone, I HIGHLY recommend you consider the Samsung Galaxy Note II. BIG (yet not too big!), BEAUTIFUL and smokin’ fast BAD @SS!!!!

    • April 23, 2013 at 6:39 am

      Otterbox makes the best cases to protect your investment. I have one for my Charge. Looking to upgrade to a bigger phone and trying to decide between the note and GS4.

  • April 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm


    For your Samsung Galaxy Note II sign up for free Google+ and you can turn your smartphone into a video teleconferencing device with group video calling including up to 10 people at once. Everyone has to have a free Google+ account to video teleconference. Google+ is a little like Facebook but with more security and less intrusive ads. You can download free APP at the Google Play Store. Works great on my Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

  • April 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    @ Ken-san – I’ll give the video conferencing a try later when/if I find the need for it. I’ll make sure to be wearing Khakis and go by the screen name “Jake”. lol!

    Just added to the Costco Made in Hawaii Eats list above:

    • Enjoy Snacks Grad Pack Edible Graduation Leis 6-Pack (neat-o!)
    • Mauna Loa Milk Chocolate Coconut Macadamias
    • Diamond Bakery Soda Crackers
    • Hanalei Poi
    • S&S Saimin Cups (ready to serve, including garnish)
    • Ani’s Bake Shop Pies: Custard, Haupia Chocolate, Banana Cream and Chocolate/Chantilly Cream Puffs
    • School Kine Cookies Cornflakes Butter Crunch Cookies
    • Haleiwa Smoke House Smoked Ahi – improved photo

    All the Galaxy Note II photos I took this time are MUCH better now that I used the right settings. :yes:

  • April 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Pomai you missed the chocolate hand dipped shortbread cookies (Forgot the brand)

  • April 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm


    COSTCO, Kapolei has local tomatoes, local salt, local sugar, Kona, Kauai and Maui coffee and ready to cook Korean Bulgogi.

  • April 24, 2013 at 4:42 am

    @ Simon Kau Kau – Well, the two premium brands of Chocolate hand-dipped Shortbread Cookies are Big Island Candies and Honolulu Cookie Company; both of which offer gift sets during the Holiday season at Costco. However I didn’t see their cookies in Costco anytime recently. I’ll check the Hawaii Kai location.

    @ Ken-san – now that you mention it, Costco usually carries Kamuela Tomatoes. Speaking of the Big Island, they also usually carry Hamakua Mushrooms. Don’t recall ever seeing ready-to-cook Korean Bulgogi. Yet, now that you mention that, I forgot to check the freezer section for May’s burger patties and shortribs. I’ll check again on those items.

  • May 3, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Added to the Made in Hawaii Costco list:

    • So Ono Fresh Cut Fruits: Papaya, Pineapple and Mixed Fruit Bowl
    • Kamuela Cluster Tomatoes
    • Hamakua Springs Cocktail Tomatoes
    • Hamakua Mushrooms
    • Viva La Famalia Maui Salsa
    • Tokyo Bento: Maki Sushi, Cone Sushi, California Rolls, Fried Noodles & SPAM Musubi
    • Bulgogi Korean style prepared beef
    • May’s prepared meats: Teriyaki Beef Patties, Kalbi Shortribs & Teriyaki Chicken
    • Kansai Yamato Mochi
    • Leilani Nursery Succulents

  • May 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Wow, you took a lot of pictures! i love costco and especially the made in hawaii things that you cant find on the mainland- makes great christmas gifts. i just started a made on Maui blog if you want to follow along- will be doing lots of food and beverage posts!

  • August 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Right on! Mahalos Pomai! Kids coming back from a long summer with Ohana in Hilo & now Honolulu…so making our list of grindz off your pics for them to bring back to WA…that we gonna “try” to ration to last us a few months…already up $300 at Costco alone…Aiya! Hayagonnack!?!? Sked! HA!

    • August 8, 2013 at 6:02 am

      NW808Ohana, I think it was reader Ann that waxed eloquently about Iwajimaya Market up there in the North West states, and how they carry quite a bit of Hawaii food products.

      In case you haven’t heard, Don Quijote, who bought out Daiei (previously Holiday Mart) a while ago now, is said to be pretty much sealing the deal on buying Marukai, a Japanese import membership club, with 2 locations on Oahu, as well as California and Japan. Makes sense I suppose. I’m curious how or if DQ might change their business model on either side after that. No membership required at Marukai? Higher fee? Turn Marukai into DQ? Vice Versa? Mini Marukai within DQ?

  • September 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you so much for taking pictures of the costco products and sharing them. I recently visited Hawaii and I found this post very useful. I made my own stop at Costco which I would not have done otherwise.

  • January 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Auwe!!! An’ whatta ’bout foah us borinquis? No moah da kine pasteles and bacalao salad….. but I stay make ’em heah in SoCal…. for friends and family. Now if only one akamai person could devise a machine (no, the Ginaca won’t work) that could spit the pasteles out like they do with the tamales, can make plenny kala, yeah?

    • January 5, 2014 at 5:53 am

      School St. Dude,

      I had to actually think for a minute what “borinquis” is, even though you clearly spoke about ono ‘kine Puerto Rican grindz in your comment. I’ve never seen that slang term for the culture written-out before; only heard it spoken. Without checking, I’m going to take your “word” that’s the correct spelling. Almost looks Russian. Like some new take on the common male name, Boris. “Borinquis Yeltsin”. lol

      Anyhow, there in fact is (or was) a commercially-produced Pasteles sold in select Hawaii Supermarkets (not Costco though) made by the Ono Ono brand – the same folks who make Laulau…

      Ono Ono Pasteles

  • February 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hey…. So I’m in Canada and I’m SERIOUSLY addicted to those Macfarms Macadamia nuts….. I was wondering if you would be able to ship like three to me. I will pay you ANYWAY you like with shipping and everything even an etransfer. Please please let me know!!!!!!!

  • December 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Nice post. I learrn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day.
    It will always bee helpful to read through articles from other writers
    and use something from their websites.

  • September 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I just love the Garlic Shrimp Poke!  I cannot find the nutritional value, Calories, fat, carbs, sugar, sodium – are the ones I want.  I know there is so much oil in the container when I get home I put everything in a strainer – at least 2 Tablespoons of oil drains out.  I can estimate the nutritional values – but isn’t Costco required to make it available?  Just trying to be accurate for my eating plan!

  • March 21, 2016 at 6:09 am



    I don’t know if this site is still being monitored by you.  However, I was searching for Costco Maui Bakery items and up popped this 2013 info.  I see you (Pomai) still post on other topics so I thought I would give this a shot.  My wife and I visit Maui every couple of years and I have gwon fond of the pineapple cake loaf at the Costco.  Some visits it is there, and some visits it is not.  I have become addicted to it and was wondering where I might find it on the island, or if it is unique to the Costco bakery?  If you should happen upon this post, I would be most grateful if you have any information on how I might get this product shipped to me.  I contacted Costco and they said they do not offer that option.  Mahalo.  Ken

      • March 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

        Thank you for such a quick response!  I was aware of the Happy Cakes.  Costco makes a larger “loaf” cake with the same ingredients.  I wasn’t sure if this was made by the local Costco bakery crew or purchased locally and sold inside Costco.  The Happy Cakes are in 16 ounce size.  The Costco item is much larger (more the size of a large uncut loaf of bread).  As I mentioned, sometimes it is there and sometimes it is not.  I am going to be there next month and was hoping to get lucky!  Thanks, again, for getting back to me.  Aloha.

        • March 21, 2016 at 9:15 am

          Aloha Ken,

          As I responded to your email, I’ll check the Iwilei Costco for the larger uncut loaf of bread-sized Pineapple Cake you further described. If I can’t find it there, I’ll ask Owen, the owner of Hawaiian Happy Cakes if he’s aware of the one you’re trying to find.

          • March 23, 2016 at 5:04 am

            Aloha Pomai,

            Just checking back with you to see if you had any luck at the Iwilei Costco for the Pineapple Macadamia Coconut cake?  I will be on Maui next week and will check there.  Regardless, I am grateful for your emails and response.  Mahalo and Aloha…..Ken

          • March 23, 2016 at 6:35 am


            Sorry, I wasn’t able to make it to the Iwilei Costco yet, as I had some last-minute things come up after work this past couple days. I’ll definitely make it there either today or tomorrow, and will let you know soon after if I find it there.


          • March 23, 2016 at 7:20 am

            Mahalo, Pomai.  No worries….I appreciate your effort very much.  Ken

          • March 24, 2016 at 11:09 am

            I already responded to Ken privately with many more photos, yet for anyone else curious about the Costco item Ken is seeking (could this be exclusive to Hawaii?) upon his next trip to Hawaii, here it is…

            Not sure about other Costco Hawaii locations, but the Pineapple Coconut Loaf with Macadamia Nut is currently available at the Iwilei location in the bakery department, located on a one of the tables next to the Butter Pound Cake. Costco item #44914. Price is 12.99 per loaf.

  • March 21, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Aloha,  Does anyone have a good estimation of the nutritional information on the Garlic Shrimp Poke made at our Hawaii Costco’s?  I cannot find it on Costco’s site.


  • April 24, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Can you send baked item to mainland. Pineapple, cocnut macademia bread. Terrific

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