During your vacation in Hawaii, you're likely to indulge in many of the scrumptious Hawaiian culinary treats such as kalua pig, lomi lomi salmon, tuna poke, poi, and pork adobo. Hawaiian cuisine is unique and complex, combining the distinct oriental flavors of Chinese and Japanese cuisine with the tropical fruits native to the Hawaiian islands.
If you consider yourself a real foodie, you may be interested in learning the skills to take these foods home with you to share with friends and family. Rather than presenting them with a photo album documenting your trip, you can prepare a multi-course meal that transports them to the seaside landscape – as they taste your chicken char siu, they're imagining indulging in the tender meat while watching a luau, a seaside sunset, or the gentle cares of lazy waves as they reach the Ko Olina, Oahu shore. If you enjoy eating and cooking, consider participating in one of these cooking classes:
1. Kapi'olani Community College's (KCC) Continuing Education classes: KCC offers non-degree courses to local residents and visitors alike on a variety of culinary subjects ranging from barbeque techniques to pastry making. The "Cooking Local" classes focus specifically on traditional Hawaiian dishes, so you can learn the skills to mix the spices, prepare the glaze, and perfect your own kalua pork recipe. Students get to enjoy the dishes prepared in class, so be sure to show up hungry.