Hawaiian Breakfast Foods


Hawaiian food is both exotic and delicious. Whether you are preparing yourself for a visit to the island or creating your own Hawaiian breakfast feast at home, there are numerous breakfast dishes to choose from. It is important to purchase authentic ingredients whenever possible; therefore, a trip to a specialty store in your area may be required.


  • Spam is a staple in Hawaii. This canned ham product is used in a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, Spam is removed from the can, sliced and pan fried. Serve it with roasted pineapple or by itself. It is most often served as a side dish in Hawaiian breakfasts.

French Toast

  • Hawaiians have developed their own version of French toast for breakfast. This dish uses sweet Hawaiian bread that is thickly sliced versus your traditional Texas toast or brioche. Create a custard dipping sauce from four eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon in a bowl. Dip thick slices of Hawaiian bread into the mix and pan fry. Serve with pineapple or make it more familiar with butter and maple syrup.

Portuguese Sausage, Eggs and Rice

  • Hawaii has a sausage and egg breakfast that they serve up with rice. This dish is traditionally served with sticky rice, a very glutinous form of rice used in sushi applications. Prepare sticky rice according to package directions on the stove top or in a rice cooker. Saute Portuguese sausage in a pan whole or split in half. Prepare scrambled eggs, but leave them slightly runny. Serve a plate of sticky rice topped with sausage and eggs for a traditional Hawaiian breakfast.


  • Poi is a Hawaiian delicacy that is made by mashing a cooked taro plant until it becomes a thick fluid. Water is then added to this dish to make it the right consistency. A bowl of poi can be used in dessert or served as a breakfast, but it is considered a Hawaiian treat at the dinner table. Poi is not overly sweet but is an acquired taste. Some modern Hawaiian bakeries have created donuts, pastries and muffins with the poi mixture.

Fresh Fruits

  • Fresh fruit is a staple in Hawaiian breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serve up a buffet of fresh Hawaiian fruits such as sliced pineapple, diced guava, passion fruit, mangoes and coconut. If you have a Polynesian or Hawaiian food store close to you, see if you can find fruits such as the java plum, which is a plum grown on the island of Hawaii. Look into a variety of passion fruit known as the Lillikoi which is a very tart orange fleshed fruit from Hawaii.

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