We have a “first day” ritual whenever we come back to Hawai’i. We get lei’d at the airport, head straight to Helena’s for hawaiian food, jump in the ocean at Waikiki, and pick up some local treats at the supermarket. We also find the time to pick up poke and eat it pre, and post, beach. It didn’t dawn on me until we shot some of our favorite Hawai’i treats that we’ve been staying true to this tradition since 2013. We are curious to hear what your favorite “first day” rituals are when revisiting the islands. Here’s some of ours…
One of the first things we look forward to when arriving on the islands is wearing a lei. It is a great way to welcome yourself to the islands and refreshes your senses after a long journey to the island.
The Hawaiian papaya is a sweet treat in the mornings or on a hot day. It gets the right amount of sugar in your system and helps your digestion going too. Once it’s ripe, we love putting it in the fridge and eating it once it’s chilled. It’s such a refreshing treat.
Apple bananas are small in size and really do taste like apple flavored bananas. We eat this once they turn a ripe golden color. It’s abundant in Hawai’i since it grows year round in subtropical and tropical regions like Hawai’i.