Whether you’ve only visited Hawaii, or have called the islands’ home for years, you have undoubtedly tried these
14 iconic Hawaiian foods. And while we love a good loco moco or poke bowl as much as the next local, there is one food that reigns supreme: the musubi. The most popular musubi is of the spam variety – a thick slab of the infamous canned meat attached to a block of sushi rice with a strip of nori – and it has become one of Hawaii’s most famous foods. Seriously, you can find it everywhere, including your local 7/11 store. But because not all musubi is created equal, we’ve rounded up 11 of the greatest places to get the popular snack food throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
1. Musubi Cafe Iyasume, Honolulu
This small eatery serves up some of the best musubi in Honolulu, with mouth-watering flavor combinations like bacon, egg + avocado. Best of all, you can either wait for your made-to-order musubi, or pick of pre-made combinations if you're in a hurry.
2. Pukalani Superette, Pukalani
This low-key grocery store is known island-wide for their mouth-watering selection of dishes made in their kitchen daily - including a selection of cheap, ready-made musubi to satisfy your snack cravings.
3. Pono Market, Kapaa
Family owned and operated since 1968, Pono Market serves up a variety of musubi, as well as seafood plate lunches, manju, poke, and sushi.
4. Mana Bu’s, Honolulu
With more than 35 different varieties to choose from, musubi lovers are sure to find exactly what they're looking for at this self-proclaimed musubi headquarters. Plan to arrive early - the eatery opens at 6:30 a.m., and often closes long before the posted closing time of 1 p.m. because they sell out so quickly.
5. Kawamoto Store, Hilo
This Hilo storefront may specialize in Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino cuisine for catering purposes - but their musubi is top-notch.
6. Local Food, Lahaina
A no-frills name accompanies a laid-back atmosphere, killer musubi, and the best plate lunches on the island.
7. Ma’ona Musubi, Honolulu
This musubi-centric restaurant in Chinatown is home to a a former chef from Japan, and all of her creative musubi offerings - like beef curry and miso kale.
8. Mark’s Place, Lihue
Serving up everything from musubi and plate lunches to bento boxes, Mark’s Place is a local favorite and features different food combinations every day.
9. Da Kitchen Cafe, Kahului
With two Maui locations, Da Kitchen is a go-to spot for deep fried musubi, plate lunches, and hearty portions in a casual environment.
10. Broke Da Mouth Grindz, Kailua-Kona
This small eatery serves up some of the best Hawaiian food around in a casual environment. Their chicken furikake is phenomenal, and they are known for their foot-long Spam musubi. Oh, and don't forget to order their famous pork adobo fries on the side.
11. Fort Ruger Market, Honolulu
This grocery store is known for their fresh sashimi and poke, though their pre-made musubi does not disappoint. With your choice of white rice, furikake rice, or fried rice, as well as a selection of spam, chicken, and other meats.