Hawaiian-Themed Party Foods

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Hawaiian-Themed Party Foods
Luau food often features fresh pineapple. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Hawaii has a rich history of agriculture and equally impressive cuisine. Local plants include bananas, pineapple, macadamia nuts and taro while chicken, pork and fresh seafood are common types of protein. Hawaii is best known for luau-style cooking, which is done on a barbecue, in open pits or over an open fire.

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Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple

Cook strips of bacon until they're done but not crispy. Wrap chunks of pineapple with the bacon strips, holding them in place with a toothpick, or make shish kebabs out of several bacon-wrapped pineapple pieces. If you prefer crispy bacon, you can continue cooking it once it's wrapped around the pineapple. Pineapple is native to Hawaii and has been sold abroad since the late 1800s. Hawaii is also home to wild pigs and boar.

Hawaiian-Themed Party Foods
Pineapple is native to the Hawaiian islands. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Sweet Potato Fries

Hawaii is home to the purple sweet potato, also known as the Okinawan potato. Purple in colour, it was brought to the islands by immigrants from Japan in the 1800s. You can make sweet potato fries from the purple sweet potato just as you would regular potato fries. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes, cut them into strips, and either fry them in vegetable oil or bake them in the oven. Season the crispy fries with salt and pepper. The sweet potato is also similar to taro, a root that is a staple of many Hawaiian dishes. Taro is used to make poi, a rich porridge.

Hawaiian-Themed Party Foods
The taro plant grows in swampy water. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Grilled Hawaiian Snapper

Much of Hawaiian cuisine is derived from the ocean and its abundance of tropical fish and crustaceans. For a dish with authentic Hawaiian taste, cook snapper on the barbecue or over an open fire. The snapper available in your local supermarket is from the same fish family as the Hawaiian snapper. In Hawaii, fish in the snapper family go by the names Opakapaka, Onaga, Uku and Lehi.

Hawaiian-Themed Party Foods
Tropical snapper is a dish often enjoyed by Hawaiians. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Roast Pig

The most authentic Hawaiian food is probably roasted pig. You can roast a pig on a spit suspended over a fire or use the traditional Hawaiian method instead. Roasting a pig Hawaiian-style involves digging a huge pit, lighting a fire that leaves extremely hot embers, placing the pig in the hole once the fire has died down, and then burying it. The meat is protected from the dirt with layers of banana leaves. The pig is left to cook in the ground with the embers for the majority of the day.

Hawaiian-Themed Party Foods
Roast a pig at an authentic Hawaiian luau. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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