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Waikiki Travel and Food Guide
The food of Waikiki is a blend of Eastern and Western tastes most prominently featuring American and Japanese influences with entrees such as hamburger steak and fried chicken atop rice and mac salad. There are names of some common dishes which may sound unfamiliar to you. Loco moco is hamburger steak with eggs and gravy. Katsu chicken and mochiko chicken both refer to fried chicken, with the latter breaded with rice powder instead of flour. The curry that is popular here is the Japanese stew-like variant learned from the British. You will encounter plenty of canned Spam meat here, introduced to the islands to feed soldiers during World War II, and became a local favorite in Waikiki.
For the more health minded visitor, there are Whole Foods Markets in Waikiki and Kailua, along with it's local version called Down to Earth. Down to Earth features vegan foods which are surprisingly delicious. Aside from Spam and the occasional MSG, people in Waikiki are generally health concious, preferring natural and locally grown foods.
Poke is seafood cut into cubes including raw fish, most often tuna, but also salmon and marlin. A popular flavor for raw tuna is a California roll like combination of mayonaisse and Sriracha sause commonly referred to simply as 'spicy'. Poke bowls served over rice start at around $6.99 in supermarkets.
You can expect to pay $10 and up for a hearty portion dish typical of Waikiki. However there are specials to be found all over such as $5 plates, happy hour deals, and $1 tacos depending on the day. Let us know your preferred cuisine and location and we'll direct you to the best food for the best price taking all such factors into consideration.
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A Tour of Food in Waikiki
Waikiki (also known as Waikiki Beach) is a beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, on the south shore of the island of Oʻahu, in Hawaii, United States. Waikiki is most famous for Waikīkī Beach, but it is just one of six beaches in the district, the others being Queen's Beach, Kuhio Beach, Gray's Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach and Kahanamoku Beach.
Waikīkī is home to public places including Kapiʻolani Park, Fort DeRussy, Kahanamoku Lagoon, Kūhiō Beach Park, and Ala Wai Harbor. The name Waikīkī means spouting fresh water in the Hawaiian language, for springs and streams that fed wetlands that once separated Waikīkī from the interior. The area was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s who enjoyed surfing there on early forms of longboards.
Several hotels in Waikiki actually offer food for their guests. When staying in a hotel, check with the concierge if they have food that won't require you to pay a fortune. Another way to search for food is to buy a local newspaper.
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