Ono Grinds

Aloha Friday!! It is Friday right, lol.  The summer has been a great time for me to relax and spend time with my family, but I have been doing a lot of school work. It's been the fun kind of work though!! This little blog sure got busy last week with my Giveaway and then the Theme Linky party!

I have loved looking at everyones ideas, and getting a few more for myself. I almost wanted to change what I was doing!! If you haven't linked up please do at any time, I would love to see your classroom!
 I am going to take a little vacation today away from teaching to bring you a little preview of some of my favorite grinds (food) since I have moved here to Hawaii.

When we first moved here from San Francisco I immediately lost 10lbs! In the city you can walk out the door of your house and there is every  type of food in the world within walking distance! If I was craving Ben and Jerry's at 10pm, I just walked to the corner store and got it.

Well once we moved out to the country I had to get used to everything closing at 6pm and the high price of food! I also had to adjust to some new foods, some that I love and some not so much.

 So you may remember this picture from one of our tours...Spam Musubi is a favorite for kids and adults, but not one of my faves.  I do like them made with Teriyaki Chicken though.

 Have you ever tried Poke? It is one of my favorite things to eat, especially with seaweed salad.
It is Ahi tuna raw, like sashimi, cut into these delectable little chunks.

 It is seasoned with soysauce, seaweed, green onion and usually sea salt.  You just eat it
right out of the container with chopsticks.

It comes in other varieties too. Limu is seaweed, tako is octopus. If you are a sushi lover then you would love poke.

There is a huge Japanese influence in the islands and much of the food reflects that.  In my lunch box I usually have a pair of chopsticks, I hardly ever eat with a fork.

Bento boxes are popular here for a quick lunch.  It usually is some kind of meat and vegetable over rice.
Bento Box, Hilo Hawaii, United States

This is not one of my favorites. I am not a huge meat eater. I am a fruit and veggie type gal, so red hot dogs, spam and portuguese sausage over rice is not really for me. But if you are
a meat lover, you could stop at 7-11 and find these there.

Another favorite.... Plate lunches.

Waikikie Hawaiian BBQ
A plate lunch usually consists of a meat, usually fried and greasy, 2 scoops of rice and a side of macaroni salad.
This is one of my favorites, Kalbi ribs. I only eat this on occasions when my hormones
seem to rule the roost. You can go to any little local place like L&L Drive In or sometimes you can find a plate lunch truck in certain areas.

Have you ever had a LocoMoco?
I have NEVER eaten this! Looks like a heart attack on a plate. This one doesn't even have the gravy on it!

One of my favorite dishes though is Kalua Pork and Cabbage!

Can you say yummy! They serve this at most traditional luaus and in the school cafeteria twice a month:)

Okay so I am not a big meat eater, but I do eat a lot of local fresh fruit, especially when we can just go and pick it from our yard.

Hawaiian Pineapple Fruit Plant (Ananas comosus) ~ Grow Hawaii



Apple Banana


And of course avocadoes, coconuts, mangoes, guava and tons of other exotic fruits brought here from many places all over the world.

I have already shared our favorite desserts...

Chocolate Haupia Pie

Shave Ice

These are just a few local favorites that I have shared with you. Honestly we probably eat just like your family, Pasta night, Taco Tuesdays, Pizza, and BBQ.

 We are lucky we have access to fresh fish especially tuna which is my favorite. Sometimes we get big chunks from friends who have fishing boats.
We mainly shop at Costco for a lot of our staples, its just sooo much cheaper,
but I bet you don't have this at your Costco!


  1. Oh my...that's kinda gross! Lol

  2. Love the fresh fruit and sushi....your family menu sounds a lot like ours :). You lived in San Francisco, I Love S.F. Our visit last summer was amazing.....Happy Friday !!,

    1. Mahalo! I miss SF sometimes, until I visit and then I am ready to come home:)

  3. My husband and I went on our honeymoon to Hawaii about 3 weeks ago. We just happened to order poke the first night we were there because it sounded like something he would like. We then found out it was a traditional Hawaiian dish. He's been dying for some more since we got back home. But I can't find any Ahi. I'll have to show him your pictures. Thanks for the sharing.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

    1. I had some in California once and it just wasn't the same!

  4. I like the Bento Boxes! I wouldn't mind eating that for lunch everyday! Poke sounds delicious. I love Ahi Tuna & you can't beat getting fresh fish whenever you want. :) I don't know if I could adjust to the spam though. Thanks for sharing these yummy dishes with us. It makes me want to go to Hawaii even more now! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. Thanks Lisa. I really only touched on a few things, there is quite a variety, but this is definitely more local style:)

  5. I would lose a ton of weight. What is there for a Gluten Intolerant/Vegetarian??
    That is a lot of SPAM! Thanks for sharing. I love island life!

    1. There are lots of fruits and veggies to choose from! Aren't hot dogs gluten free;)?

  6. That Costco picture is so funny. We spent our honeymoon on Maui and I remember seeing spam everywhere. Your yard is amazing! I loved visiting the pineapple plantations and eating that fresh pineapple. That was my addiction on the island. Never tried your favorite desert but I still think about the Hula Pie from Jake's 10 years later. That was a huge slice of heaven. We found their sister restaurant in San Diego, but it just doesn't compare.


    Kinder Cuties

    1. Lol Catherine, if you saw my yard you would be not say that. It is a horrible jungle out there!!

  7. Ha! That Spam photo is hysterical! Nothing like fresh Hawaiian pineapple! Love it!

  8. I did not know that Hawaiians loved Spam!! That is so funny! Icould probably live in Spam. My mom used to cook it up for breakfast. I am so envious of you, it must be awesome living in Hawaiia! My son just got back a couple of weeks ago, but I have never been. Maybe someday!


    2nd Grade Pig Pen

    1. Oh you would love it here, lol! There is a great Anthony Bourdain show on Hawaiian food, and he has to eat lots of Spam!

  9. I always love when you have pictures of Hawaii on your blog. I've never been but it's on my bucket list for sure! I'm cracking up about the chopsticks--that is something I don't think I'd ever learn how to use properly!
    Swersty’s Swap Shop

    1. You would learn pretty quickly here! Most restaurants offer both chopsticks and forks;)

  10. I love, love poke. It is the first stop we make when hubby picks me up from the airport. I like to eat my poke with fresh avocado. My grandkids would eat spam musabi everyday if I made it for them - they will only eat mine, too funny. I loved this post, my favorite


    1. Mahalo Terri! Did you find the Price Busters yet? 20% off sale for teachers next week!

    2. No, none in hilo. Hope to get to Kona side next week. My suitcases keep getting fuller and fuller

  11. I didn't realize you moved to Hawaii from the city. I'm from the bay area. As soon as I find a pile of money, we'll move to Hawaii. Was it hard to get your California credential to work there?

    I'm full of questions, sorry. How do you have a reply option on your comments. I'm new to all this and would love to have that option on my blog.

    Love you blog! Every time you post I feel like we have more in common.

    Surfing to Success

    1. Aww, thanks Mercedes:) I love your cute blog too, that video in Santa Cruz was awesome:)

  12. I had no idea Spam was so big over there. My mom made me eat it a few times (in the 70's) and I still remember the taste. The poke looks and sounds delicious!

    I didn't know you are from The City. I'm in Sonoma, just a few miles north of there. What a cool change from the cold summers in SF, especially this year!

    Heather at TeachItToday!

    1. I love Sonoma! I haven't been in so long. I do miss the seasons though:)

  13. I love all of your posts about Hawaii. Thanks for sharing!! It's on my list of places I want to visit someday. How amazing it would be to be able to pick fresh bananas and pineapples from your backyard!!!


    1. Krista bananas grow like crazy, but pineapples only grow one at a time! You get like one pineapple a year from it. Luckily we live close to the Dole plantation...

  14. Super awesome to see all the food! I love learning about new things to eat and how different other people eat. I really am interested in trying poke and that cabbage and pork looks AWESOME. Seriously making me hungry.

    Reaching for the TOP!

    1. It is really good Amanda! In our school cafeteria they serve it with a sweet roll and a side of pineapple. I think the whole school orders lunch on those days:)


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