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Local Grindz According to Ken-San: Made in Hawaii Products

Getting close to Okinawan Festival time and Oki Dogs!!! Maui made natural red casing hot dogs. I’ve got my Mexican tortillas ready, Tex-Mex chilli, Maui dogs, iceberg shredded lettuce for crunch and Kalua shredded pig!!! One of a kind Okinawan fusion cooking!!!

A few weeks ago you met reader KenW, a.k.a. “Ken-San”, a.k.a. “Rhode Island Renaissance Man”, who now calls west Oahu home. That introduction reviewed his trip to Oahu’s North Shore for their famous Shrimp Trucks.

This time around let’s check out some of the unique made in Hawaii food products he enjoys sharing with family and friends on the mainland. All photos and captions by Ken, which to note, many of the captions are very informative, even for Kama’aina. Enjoy.

Hawaiian style Portuguese linguica sausage.

Hawaiian made Spanish style Chorizo Sausage.

A Hawaiian home staple May’s brand shredded kalua pig. Heat and serve when you want kalua pig and cabbage or kalua pig sandwich.

Fresh Char siu (also spelled cha siu, chashao, and char siew), otherwise known as barbecued meat (usually pork) in China or Chinese-flavored barbecued meat outside China, is a popular way to flavor and prepare pork in Cantonese cuisine. It is classified as a type of siu mei (Cantonese roasted meat).

Uzumaki Kamaboko is a spiral artificial processed steamed fish cake used as a garnish in Hawaiian Saimin.

Fresh Saimin noodles with packaged broth. Saimin is a noodle soup dish unique to Hawaii. Inspired by Japanese udon, Chinese mein, and Filipino pancit, It is a soup dish of soft wheat egg noodles served in hot dashi garnished with green onions. Kamaboko, Char siu, sliced Spam, linguiça, and nori may be added, among other additions.Japanese pot stickers, called gyoza, as well as Chinese wonton, may be substituted for or added to the dish’s noodles for special occasions. A pan-fried version, primarily inspired by Filipino pancit, is also popular.

A hot bowl of Hawaiian Saimin comfort food. Soft wheat egg noodles served in hot dashi broth garnished with green onions. bean sprouts, Japanese Kamaboko fish cake and Chinese Char siu BBQ pork.

Fresh Ramen noodles with packaged broth. Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish that originated in China. It is served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (chāshū), dried seaweed (nori), kamaboko, green onions, hard-boiled egg and occasionally corn. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen to miso ramen.

Every Hawaiian household has a Musubi mold for Spam musubi!

Hawaiian spam musubi is slice of spam lightly browned and brushed with teriyaki sauce pressed on sushi white rice in a mold (empty spam can can be used as a mold) and wrapped with a strip of Japanese nori (dried seaweed). You can add a layer of egg omelet before the spam to make it a breakfast musubi.

Taro Brand Hawaiian Poi Powder

Poi is a Hawaiian word for the primary Polynesian staple food made from the corm of the taro plant (known in Hawaiian as kalo). Poi is produced by mashing the cooked corm (baked or steamed) to a highly viscous fluid. Water is added during mashing and again just before eating, to achieve a desired consistency, which can range from liquid to dough-like (poi can be known as two-finger or three-finger, alluding to how many fingers you would have to use to eat it, depending on its consistency). No respectable household in Hawaii is without some form of poi.

Big Island Abalone Corporation (BIAC): http://www.bigislandabalone.com/ that operates a 10-acre aquafarm of the Big Island of Hawaii and grows an expensive premium stock of Ezo (Japanese Northern) excellent very sweet abalone for world-wide distribution to grocery stores and highly rated restaurants. Sorry but by the time I finished eating the grilled abalone all that was left was the pearl shells to photograph next to live abalone which will be cooked tonight! These were sweeter than lobster!!I can get these anytime in Hawaii!

Yesterday I set up my indoor Korean style grill on my chef’s portable single burner butane stove and grilled the live Big Island Abalone. So sweet tasting!!!!

In Hawaii chilis are allowed to steep in water to make chili water to kick things up a notch!

Portuguese style pickled Maui sweet onions.

Takuan is Japanese pickled daikon radish which is thought to aid digestion.

Korean Wom-Bok Style spicy Kim Chee.

Turn up the heat!!!! Korean “Hot” Won Bok kim chee.

Korean-Style Cucumber Kim Chee. Pickles spicy with a kick!

Hawaiian BBQ Sauce with a little Korean kick!

Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce

King’s Hawaiian New England Style Top Split Hot Dog Buns. New England style lobster rolls here we come!!!

King’s Hawaiian New England Style Top Split Hot Dog Buns. Maine Lobster or crab rolls here we come!!

Natural Hawaii cane sugar.

Natural white Waialua Chocolate coco beans grown on North Shore and processed in Haleiwa North Shore Oahu. State of Hawaii is only state in USA that grows coffee, vanilla and chocolate coco beans.

Waialua, Oahu grown and made natural Hawaii dark chocolate 70% coco butter bar. This is touted as the most expensive per ounce in the world and excellent single estate cacao. Ladies start your engines!!!

Waialua cacao single estate made natural Hawaii dark chocolate most expensive in the world per ounce.

Waialua cacao single estate made natural Hawaii dark chocolate with cocoa nibs most expensive in the world per ounce.

Waialua coffee beans grown on North Shore and processed in Haleiwa North Shore Oahu sold by Dole Plantation and Waialua Coffee Company. State of Hawaii is only state in USA that grows coffee, vanilla and chocolate coco beans.

Happy Cake comes in 8 oz mini and 1 pound small loaf cake and regular 2 pound ring cake. Made with pineapple chunks and macadamia nuts. Also made in chocolate version to die for. Only in Hawaii!

Only in Hawaii there is POG (Passion fruit, Orange juice and Guava juice) mixture. Once you start drinking this concoction you can’t stop. A Hawaiian family drink mainstay!

Mauicello is Maui’s very own lemon liqueur made exclusively with Meyer lemons and cane sugar grown on Maui. Mauicello is inspired by Italy’s limoncello liquor. Excellent as after a dinner drink straight up or to make a Margarita and used in main entrées and desserts.

Original Hawaiian “Okolehao” moonshine made from fermented Ti root and cane sugar. It’s a little like drinking bourbon whiskey.

Back of Hawaiian “Okolehao” bottle is written in Hawaiian.

Back of Hawaiian “Okolehao” bottle Hawaiian words translated into English.

Too much of that Okolehau and you’ll probably be eating some of this…

I have been on all three types of Hawaii sand beaches.

Ma’ili Beach Sunset

Also see:
Local Grindz According to Ken-San: North Shore Shrimp Trucks

12 thoughts on “Local Grindz According to Ken-San: Made in Hawaii Products

  • April 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    SAFEWAY in sacramento,ca started selling POG a few weeks ago. Since then I always have 2 jugs in the fridge.

  • April 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I just ate five minutes ago, but now I’m hungry again. Good ol’ local flavahz.

  • April 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    @ Marcus – IIRC, you mentioned the red-colored Maui Hot Dogs in a past post. Is the Uncle Louie brand shown in the first photo “the one”?

    @ PinBalr – How much for the POG at Safeway Sacramento? FYI, it’s usually on sale here on Oahu for about $1.50 to 1.75 per half-gallon (as shown).

    • April 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      pomai, its about 2.50$ for a 59 oz. container. Usually get it 2 for 5$ with the card. Ours does not come in a carton but in a plastic jug.

  • April 22, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Pomai, the price of local made Portuguese Sausages on sale here at 99 cents ea. while in San Francisco is over 2.00 ea. and not same brand and taste. Lucky could find some other things on mainland like laulau and some poi.

  • April 22, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Another dose of Hawaiian awesomeness! All the way down here in Alabama, I’m surprised to find local foodstuffs making their way into the Deep South. Kim Chee is readily available in every supermarket, as is fresh ginger. King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread line is everywhere now… Firehouse Subs, a national chain, even advertised a “Hawaiian” BBQ Pork sandwich on King’s Hawaiian buns! The Army Commissary at Redstone Arsenal has short ribs cut kalbi style, frozen kalua pig (I think it might be May’s brand), and NOH seasoning mixes for charsiu. And though the red hotdogs aren’t around, they have a red colored “hot” sausage that is pretty ono when grilled up! Just waitimg for the day Hawaii-style portagee sausage makes it here….

  • April 22, 2014 at 3:32 am

    By the way, what happened to the curse of Pele about taking lava rock (black sand) from Hawaii? Was that only from the volcanoes?

    • April 22, 2014 at 4:43 am


      Excellent question. Looking up Kini Po Po Creations (the brand on the package), apparently it’s a nursery in Hilo.

      Kini Po-Po Creations
      Nursery & Greenhouse
      12 E Puainako St, Hilo, HI 96720
      Cross Streets: Between Kilauea Ave/W Puainako St and Kekela St

      As for Hawaii stuff in Alabama, I’m not surprised. We’re living in a global economy that pretty much has no boundaries anymore.


      That’s not bad for SF prices.

      • April 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

        Wow, wasn’t Kini Po-po a Radio/TV personality in the 50’s/60’s? Wonder if the business is related to him…

    • April 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm


      That sand package was purchased in one of the retail stalls in the International Market Place (which is being torn down as I speak) but the tag and printing says it is made by a Hawaii company so I would say it was absolved and blessed by a Hawaiian priest with Pele’s approval.

      I’ve had it for many many years on the mainland and no bad luck befell me or family.

      The green and black sand are naturally made and the white sand is parrot fish poop which all sand in Hawaii is made up of. Normal sand is made up from quartz which you will not find in Hawaii. The parrot fish eats the coral and what it can’t digest it poops out. An 18-inch parrot fish can produce 700 pounds of sand in one year.

      This has been going on since the Hawaii islands were first born.

  • April 22, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Pomai… Uncle Louie’s is one red dog here…. we also have the Hawaiian Winnahz in lots of stores. Most people make the drive over here to Ha’iku to get their red dog fix from Fukushima store. Not sure what brand he uses, but George sells a LOT of red dogs every day.

  • May 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Albertsons grocery store in this little town in Oregon used to carry Meadow Gold POG, which I bought on a regular basis. Sadly that store closed a couple of months ago. Not sure if Safeway or Walmart would be willing to carry it. :( For now, I ordered (via Amazon) a case of Hawaiian Sun POG. :))


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