This was our third trip to Kauai, and each time we go we search out new things to do and try. On this trip we happened into a couple of treats; one we planned on trying, and another we stumbled into on our way from Princeville to Kapa'a.
The first delicacy was Manapua. I read about this little taste treat from an IgoUgo writer and decided I had to try it out. The writer said that the only place he could find the tasty morsel was at 7-11 stores, so the search was on. Well let me tell you about Manapua, then I'll tell you where we found it. Manapua is a doughly bread treat that can be stuffed with dollup of different ingredients inside. You can get Curry Chicken Manapua, Sweet Potatoe Manapua, Kalua Pig Manapua, and I'm sure others. The bread dough is "steam" cooked so it has an interesting "doughy" texture. These are a great snack for a quick bite and are definitely "island fare" for those that want to try a little local cuisine.
Finding them was a challenge - and he was right! The only place I could find them already prepared and ready to eat was in a 7-11. There are two on Kauai, both in Lihue. So if you want to try this tasty treat, go to one of the 7-11s in Lihue and get them. They cost about $1.30 each - so it's a bargain!
The other place we found them was at the Costco in Lihue. They are available in the refrigerated section, ready to be heated up. You can get them in the "steamed" dough version or a baked version. BTW: Costco carries quite a variety of local "island fare" if you want to enjoy back at the condo.
The second treat we stumbled into at a Farmer's Market in Anahola, between Princeville and Kapa'a. On a Saturday, just off the road as we were driving to Kapa'a, we saw a sign for a Farmer's Market and stopped to get some locally grown tomatoes, onions, and whatever else suited our fancy. As we drove up you could smell this awesome BBQ being cooked. Of course we were hungry and the sweet smells of the grill caught our attention immediately.
After a little conversation with the gentleman at the grill, we found out that he was grilling a Wild Boar that he had trapped on the island and he offered us a taste. Let me tell you it was the tastiest and smokiest mouthful of joy I have had in a long time. Even my Wife, who is not a fan of game animal meat enjoyed the Boar! He was selling a plate of BBQ, with grilled corn on the cob, and fried potatoes for $10.00. We couldn't pass that up, so we bought some and walked back to the car and ate it right there before we left.
Based on the number of cars that pulled into the market and left with Wild Boar, I'd say they had a winner on their hands! We both think that was the best meal for the price we had during our two week stay!
So I guess my advice would be; look into the local "island fare" and try something new that is only available in Hawaii on your next trip. You won't be sorry!