Hawaii might be the most recent state to join the United States, but it’s far from a young place. In fact, Hawaii has been around for years, quietly crafting its own unique and beautiful traditions. It’s a state known for its breathtaking views and joyful luaus. When you visit one of the islands, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical paradise far different than anywhere you can visit in the continental U.S.
One of Hawaii’s proudest traditions is its food. The recipes crafted by generations of Hawaiians relied on the local ingredients of delightful fruits, fresh fish, and slow-cooked meats. While some restaurants have forgotten their roots and don’t serve authentic Hawaiian food in Honolulu, HI, there is one place that has only strengthened its ties to the traditions of island cooking.
At Haili’s Hawaiian Foods, we know and love the time-honored island recipes. We first opened our doors long before Hawaii had joined the union, when Hawaiians were free from the influence of mainland cooking. In 1948, Mother Haili opened modestly in the Ward’s Farmer’s Market. Back then, poi only cost “one dollah” for three bags and “35 cents for one laulau.” While our roots were humble, we knew even then that our food would draw in customers if only they tried a bite. It was not long before word spread around the island of the amazing dishes being served at Haili’s Hawaiian Foods and customers came flocking for the fresh and delicious cuisine.
A lot has changed around Hawaii in the decades that followed. We’ve outgrown our little corner of the farmer’s market and opened an eat-in and take-out restaurant. We’ve also extended our services to add catering for everything from corporate retreats to graduation parties and even to weddings. However, no matter how much has changed, one thing that remains true is our commitment to authentic Hawaiian food in Honolulu, HI.
When you visit us now, you can still find us cooking some of the same traditional favorites that first put us on the map nearly 70 years ago. Stepping inside you’ll smell the unmistakable aroma of poke, kalua pig, chicken long rice and laulau. Our simple and fresh plate lunches remain a favorite among our loyal customers and we still take joy in serving these authentic dishes.
In addition to continuing to serve this traditional cuisine, we’re proud that Haili’s Hawaiian Foods remains in our family. The joy of cooking runs in our family and we have distinctly enjoyed the pleasure of passing these recipes down through the generations. Mother Haili is no longer cooking up authentic Hawaiian food in Honolulu, HI, but her spirit is alive and well in our kitchen.
At Haili’s Hawaiian Foods, we love the joy that comes with continuing to serve these time-honored dishes. We’re proud of our heritage and proud of our little state. If you want a taste of Hawaii that will take you back to our roots, call Haili’s Hawaiian Foods at 808-735-8019.