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going island, what kine omiyage?

KaimukiMan | | May 4, 2009 05:47 AM

This question was inspired by the unique foods thread in general chowhounding topics. I have to go big island next month, I don't know what to bring these days. In the old days those of us from Oahu used to have to bring Manapua with us whenever we went to one of the neighbor islands. If you knew other people were bringing manapua then you might bring along some coco puffs from Liliha Bakery. Coming back from the big island you would have to bring stone cookies from volcano, or in more recent years something from big island candies. From Maui either Maui potato chips or manju. Molokai, something from Kanemitsu's bakery. For each island there were special goodies. Coming back from the mainland you had to bring something too. One time as a joke I brought back Kings Sweet Bread from LA, that was shortly after King's closed here on Oahu.

It surprises me that even now it's hard to find good manju on oahu, and manapua is still hard to find on the neighbor islands. So when you go holo-holo these days, what do you bring for omiyage? What do you bring back from the neighbor islands?