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“Put a Little Aloha on your Plate with these Favorite Hawaiian Recipes from Maui”photo

While driving along the miles of Maui coastline, mouth-watering aromas escape the open-air restaurants and roadside stands, and mingle with the sweet smell of teriyaki riding in on the breeze from the beach park BBQ grills. Who needs billboards! Where do I park?

One of the best things about living in Hawaii is being able to spend so much time outdoors. Whether you’re playing in the water, biking, hiking or enjoying a picnic under the palms, there’s a delectable island recipe to fuel your fun and please your palate.

Here are some island favorites to help put a little aloha on your plate this summer.


Mango Butter:
½ cup honey
¼ cup softened butter
¼ cup finely chopped mango

1 ½  cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 ½  teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼  teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups well-shaken buttermilk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large ripe bananas
½ cup salted roasted macadamia nuts, chopped (2 1/2 oz)

Mango Butter:
Mix together all mango butter ingredients. 

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
Whisk together buttermilk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
Cut 1 banana into bits and fold into batter along with nuts. (Batter will be very thick.).
Slice the second banana and set aside.
Spray skillet with nonstick spray and some mango butter.
Heat skilled to medium and pour batter in ¼ - ½ cup circles onto hot skillet and cook until bubbles appear. Bottoms should be golden brown. (Approximately 1 to 2 minutes).
Flip pancakes with a spatula and cook until bottoms are golden brown and cooked through.
Top the stack with sliced bananas and serve with mango butter and coconut syrup.*

Welcome in a warm summer day with a fresh fruit smoothie. This light and refreshing frozen concoction is delicious and nutritious!


4-6 ripe bananas
2 ripe mangoes
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup ice cubes
1/4 cup of your favorite juice or coconut milk

Preparation: Blend until smooth and serve in a tall, frosted glass.

Surrounded by water, it’s no wonder the islands have so many ono (delicious) fish recipes. Try this pupu (appetizer) at your next party! 


1 pound boned, skinned Mahi Mahi (or white fish of your choice)
½ cup fresh lime juice
1 cup pineapple juice
½ cup coconut milk
1 cup minced red onion 
1 tablespoon minced garlic
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 to 1 ½ teaspoons hot sauce
Dash of salt

Pineapple Salsa:
1 cup of ½ -inch chunks fresh pineapple
½  cup ½ inch chunks firm, ripe tomato
¼ cup chopped, fresh cilantro
1 to 1 ½ teaspoons fresh jalapeno chili

Rinse fish and pat dry; cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick strips, then stack two or three at a time and cut into pieces 1 to 1 ½  inches long. Place in a bowl. Pour lime juice over fish and mix.
In a 2-quart pan over high heat, bring pineapple juice, coconut milk, onion, and garlic to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Stir in fish mixture and remove from heat. Let cool about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then, chill until cold, at least 40 minutes, or up to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cilantro and add hot sauce and salt to taste.
Serve with a spoonful of Pineapple Salsa.

Pineapple Salsa:
Mix pineapple, tomato and cilantro in a bowl.  Add jalapeno chili and salt to taste.

Fire-up the grill and sizzle up some teriyaki burgers – perfect for a day at the beach!


2 lbs ground beef (or substitute turkey meat)
1 cup teriyaki sauce
¼ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup finely chopped green pepper
1 cup bread crumbs
6 fresh pineapple rings (can be cut into cubes after grilling)
½ teaspoon garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
6 hamburger buns
Optional cheese slices

Pour ½ cup teriyaki sauce into bowl and gradually add breadcrumbs.  (if too dry, add more teriyaki)
Add meat, egg, onion, green pepper, garlic, salt and pepper to breadcrumb mixture and mix well.
Shape into patties and grill to taste.  (Add cheese if desired)
Toast buns and grill pineapple rings
Serve burger on a toasted bun, topped with grilled pineapple (or add some pineapple salsa from Ceviche recipe above).


*Local's Tip: When visiting Maui, be sure to stop by Tutu’s Pantry in the outdoor marketplace in Kihei for a fantastic  assortment of island syrups, sauces, spices, mixes and more – all from the islands of Hawaii. In the meantime, you can order these specialty items directly from their website:


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