"Hawaiian" Foods nobody Eats in Hawaii

Everything pineapple

Misconception: Hawaii produces most of the world's pineapple. It grows 0.13 percent of the world's pineapples. Once, Hawaii canned much of the world's pineapple.

Pizza Hawaiian

Mashable claims that a Greek immigrant made this pineapple and ham-topped pie in Canada. Sotirios Panopoulos thought diners would like a salty/sweet pizza topping. He threw canned pineapple and salty meat, most likely Canadian bacon, on a pie and dubbed it Hawaiian. The world's most controversial pizza was born.


Hawaiians wouldn't appreciate Instagram renditions of this simple chopped fish dish. Most native Hawaiians would baulk at corn, kale, even watermelon radishes
Hawaiian poke is scooped into plastic deli containers. Colorful fish like ahi tuna and salmon aren't authentic because they're imported.

King's Hawaiian

The original bakery was started in Hilo, Hawaii, in the late 1950s, therefore it has tropical roots, but it was moved to California and shuttered in 1992. In 2020, a lawsuit claimed the corporation was misleading consumers by claiming the sweet rolls were from Hawaii.


Not a cocktail, but a tropical ice cream syrup. "Leo's Hawaiian Punch," as the syrup was originally called, was marketed to restaurants and ice cream businesses, who combined it with water. It lost "Leo's" and became a tropical cocktail.


Legend says Trader Vic poured aged rum, lime, orgeat syrup, and orange Curaçao over ice for his Tahitian clientele. Tahitian for "out of this world" is Mai Tai-Roa Aé. Trader Vic brought the Mai Tai to Hawaii, where it was made with orange and pineapple juice


Many people identify this tropical drink with Hawaii, yet it was created in San Juan, Puerto Rico, albeit its creator's name is still a mystery. Three bartenders claim innovation. Many pineapple-based tropical cocktails are connected with Hawaii.


Shelf-stable meat was transported to the islands in considerable numbers during World War II, when meat was limited and troops were stationed at Pearl Harbor. When the war ended, so much SPAM was supplied that residents adopted it.

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