5. What Are Grindz (GRINDS)?
Like “slippers,” grindz is also a Pidgin term you’ll hear in Hawaii. When you hear news of “ono grindz,” head to the source to enjoy delicious (ono) food (grindz), which you’ll find a-plenty in the islands. Some of the local grindz you’ll encounter include:
Loco Moco (loh-koo moh-koo) – Loco moco is Hawaii’s popular comfort food, most often consisting of sticky rice at the bottom, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and the thick gravy that is poured on top of the whole combination, although there are numerous variations using bacon, ham, chicken, oysters, and shrimp.
Poke (PO-kay) – Poke is diced raw fish, often seasoned with sea salt, soy sauce and sesame oil, although you can find many varieties in Hawaii. Poke is a staple in most grocery stores, so you can simply grab some while picking up bread and milk at Foodland or Safeway. If you’re into the keto lifestyle, poke packs the perfect protein punch!
Spam Musubi – Hawaii still consumes the most Spam per capita than any other state: five cans per person, per year. Considering the strong Japanese influence in Hawaii, Spam Musubi is a logical extension: a slab of spam on top of sushi rice, wrapped with a strip of nori to hold it all together. If sushi isn’t your thing, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to fulfill your Spam quota. Many restaurants serve it with rice and eggs over easy for breakfast.
This list only scratches the surface! In addition to other local delicacies like poi, lomi lomi salmon, malasadas, and saimin, you’ll find delicious food from all over the world in Hawaii. A little adventurous spirit for new tastes will reward you many times over.