Island Princess, we love you. This is the most requested and most appreciated item. Why? They are:
1) Powdered-sugar dusted
4) Macadamia nuts
What's not to like?! Typically, we use these as gifts, but we do save a package (or two) for ourselves.
While these are no different from any Japanese crackers on the Mainland, the sheer variety and availability of Hello Kitty cuteness foods is simply bigger in Hawaii.
I picked these up at Don Quijote, or the equivalent of Safeway in Hawaii. You can find these at Long's Drug's in Hawaii as well.
Eating these means that your dentist is going to be getting a fancy new car by treating your mouth. They are slightly sweet, chewy, sticky sesame seeds-stuck-in-your-teeth goodness.
Traditional Chinese peanut variety and also macadamia nut variety.
My cousin's wife and one of my clients love this stuff. And so do we.
Fujiya Bakery is a long-time Hawaii Bakery well-known for all manner of mochi and manju that they offer.
My dad's favorite peanut butter mochi is from here, but what we like to take back are the coconut, pineapple-coconut or macadamia nut wafer cookies. It's snap-crackle-pop crunchy--think of them as the same crunch of fortune cookies, but flat and flavored.
Available at Shirokiya, the Fujiya factory in Kalihi and Long's Drugs. This is something you want to hand-carry.
While one can't bring back the beach, shave ice, malasadas or haupia sweet-potato pie, these are some nice bring-backs to keep your Hawaii groove going a little longer.
Now who's ready to go on vacation?