Island Essentials

With the vision of being a family run, community-focused company, Foodland opened its first store in 1948 at the Market City Shopping Center in Honolulu. Today, we are the only locally owned supermarket chain with stores on all four major islands (Oahu, Maui, The Big Island and Kauai); we are also the Aloha state’s oldest and largest supermarket. Known for innovation, excellent service, and commitment to the communities we serve, our thirty-two stores offer visitors the opportunity to experience and enjoy the food and aloha spirit for which Hawaii is so well known. So the next time you’re visiting Hawaii, whether you’re shredding the waves of the North Shore, taking a hike to the top of Diamond Head, or just searching for a break from hotel food, stop by one of our stores and let us share some of our island home with you.

Island Essentials not to be missed at Foodland:

  • Poke
  • A dish that has been part of Hawaii since the days when early native Hawaiians ruled the islands, this fish-salad typically made with yellowfin tuna and marinated in soy sauce, crushed candlenut, sesame oil, limukohu seaweed and Hawaiian chili pepper. Here at Foodland, you’ll find a wide range of great-tasting poke to choose from – with ingredients ranging from octopus (tako) to crab and shrimp. Be sure to try our newest variety – avocado poke – a mix of ahi, avocado, onion, soy and chili sauces, which is a new favorite with locals. Known as Hawaii's Home for Poke, we carry the largest variety of poke in the state and in 2009 were rated #1 by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for Hawaii's best poke.

  • Musubi
    Composed of a block of rice layered with fried chicken or usually Spam™ (yes, Spam™), a special teriyaki flavored sauce, with a nori (seaweed) wrap holding it together, musubi is the snack of choice for locals – and it’s something you simply must try when visiting the islands. Available daily at all thirty-two of our stores, musubi make a great bite after a day of snorkeling.
  • Lei
    A symbol of Hawaii to people around the globe, the lei was introduced to the islands by Polynesian voyagers. Today, it is given and worn for birthdays, graduations, weddings, and other special occasions and is a means of sharing aloha. Visit our floral departments to select from a wide range of scented and unscented lei and experience the beauty of this special island tradition.
  • Pineapples
    Although no one knows exactly when the pineapple first arrived in Hawaii, this symbol of hospitality and friendship played an important role in Hawaii's history. The pineapple industry first developed in the 1800s and flourished here for many years. The amount of pineapple grown in the islands has decreased over the years and the visitor should be aware that all pineapples are not the same. Here at Foodland, we are proud to be the exclusive distributor of Hawaii Crown™ Sweet Gold™ pineapple, a product that is grown locally, and picked at the peak of perfection. You can watch our video from the farm to see how they are grown and learn more about the company. Low in acid and intense in aroma, it has an exquisite taste that can only be found at Foodland.
  • Sunscreen
    A necessity for a trip to the islands, sunscreen is crucial to enjoying your stay in Hawaii. We know that everyone loves to be outside in Hawaii’s ideal climate while they’re here, but nothing is worse than the pain, itching, peeling, blisters or fever that can be caused by sunburn. The key is to reapply often; you can never really have too much sunscreen on your body. We carry a large variety of sunscreen to meet your needs- from tanning lotions to waterproof formulas.

So when you’re planning your next visit to Hawaii, and you want to try some local food or need to grab an item that you forgot to pack, stop by one of our 33 locations and our friendly staff will help you find what you need.

If you are looking for more great items to take home with you from Hawaii, visit our partners at the Shops of Hawaii who have great gifts from Hawaii.

*Also, while enjoying Hawaii's unique environment, sometimes accidents can happen. Here's a helpful first aid guideline to some of the common injuries you may encounter while visiting Hawaii: Common Injuries while Adventuring in Hawaii.