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Local Recipes

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Local foods can be expensive. If you want to change things up for your weekday dinners, here are a couple of recipes you can make with some local ingredients. If you have trouble finding them, Foodland and Whole Foods usually sell local ingredients. If you want fresh local ingredients, drive through Waimanalo or similar places and look for people selling things on the side of the road.  

Kalua Pork and Pineapple Fried Rice

Kalua Pork & Pineapple Fried Rice

If the second half of the title scares you, it is understandable. This recipe is easy enough to accomplish because it is fried rice, which does not take long to make and is hard to mess up. That being said, this is a sweet and savory meal you can whip up in under an hour if you want a quick and easy meal for you or your family. 


  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1-2 tsp 
  • Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1-2 cups of locally grown vegetables
  • 3 cups cooked, at least one-day old rice
  • 2 cups diced pineapple, canned or fresh
  • 1-2 cups of Kalua pork


1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil and sweet chili sauce then set aside.

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. 

3. Add garlic and onion to the skillet, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. 

4. Add selected vegetables then cook and stir constantly until tender or for 3-4 minutes.

5. Stir in rice, pineapple, kalua pork and soy sauce mixture. 

6. Cook and stir constantly until heated through or 2 minutes. Serve.

Chocolate Haupia Pie

Chocolate Haupia Pie 

If you have lived in the islands for any length of time and have not tried chocolate haupia pie, there is no excuse now because here is a recipe for it from Hawai‘i Magazine. Coconuts are an abundance in Hawai‘i and there are a lot of local chocolate shops, so making this dessert with local ingredients is no challenge. If you need something sweet to pick you or someone you know up from a bad day or week, it is hard to go wrong with chocolate in any form. In case the Kalua Pork and Pineapple Fried Rice was not sweet enough, this will get you your sugar fix.  


1 9-inch unbaked pie crust

1 cup milk

1 can coconut milk (14 oz.)

1 tbsp coconut extract

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1/2 cup cornstarch

7/8 cup chocolate 

(Dutch chocolate, or any chocolate with

high cocoa butter content)

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup sugar 


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Bake crust for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

3. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, coconut milk, coconut extract and 1 cup of sugar.

4. In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in water.

5. After bringing coconut milk mixture to a boil, reduce to simmer and slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Continue stirring over low heat until thickened – about 3 minutes. Divide evenly into two bowls.

6. In another bowl, microwave chocolate until melted.

7. Mix chocolate into one of the bowls of coconut pudding, then pour mixture into the pie crust, spread and let sit.

8. Pour the remaining bowl of coconut pudding on top of the chocolate-coconut pudding mixture and spread smooth, being careful not to mix the two layers. Refrigerate the pie for an hour or more.

9. Whip the heavy cream with 1/4 cup of sugar until stiff. Layer the whipped cream on the pie surface. Garnish with chocolate shavings.