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…
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!