Hopefully the moderators won't move this to home cooking, because I'm pretty sure it will get lost there since this seems to be a Hawaii specialty not made elsewhere.
Are there special ingredients you use when you make Portuguese Bean Soup? Do you include Macaroni? Cabbage? What's your favorite brand of sausage: Gouvea, Redondo, other? Are smoked ham hocks required or can i use a small ham and put in some liquid smoke for the same effect? Kidney Beans? Pinto Beans? Great Northern? Black Beans?
Anything special you do? Wine or beer in the broth? Mix of beef and chicken stock? special spices?
I've got potlucks two days in a row for about a dozen people. Figured I could make one big pot. Lucky folks on the second day, I'm sure it will taste better.