6 Hawaiian Snacks to Take to the Beach

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Contributing Writer13 March 2018

In the Aloha State, every day is a beach day. Whether you’re a surfer looking to catch the next great wave, a sunbather attempting to even out that tan, or an adventurous cliff-jumper awaiting the next great thrill, everyone needs those quintessential bites to stay energized. Hawaii’s local options are some of the best beach snacks you can find.

Spam musubi

Hawaiians do not mess around when it comes to Spam. It could probably be a food group on its own and is treated so in most Hawaiian cuisine. One slice of Spam laid onto a bed of rice and then carefully wrapped in a thin sheet of nori (seaweed) makes for a salty and hearty snack to pack in your bag.


This is a Hawaiian staple and something you shouldn’t even consider leaving the islands without trying at least once. It’s also the popular go-to snack for “going beach,” as told by Hawaiian locals.

Açaí bowls

Originally brought over by Brazilian surfers, açaí bowls are now extremely popular in beach towns around the world, and perhaps just all metropolitan hubs across the country. They’re delicious and to top it all off, they are extremely healthy.

Hurricane popcorn

Though you can easily pick up some store-bought hurricane popcorn on the way to the shoreline, it’s also very simple to make your own version of this snack at home. A mix of classic buttered popcorn, some salty kakimochi arare, and a sprinkle of furikake makes the perfect combination of flavors that will keep you going on a hot day.

Plate lunch

Inspired by the bento-style meal, a plate lunch usually comes with white rice, macaroni salad, and some type of main protein, making it a fantastic meal to fill you up during a day at the beach.


There are donuts and then there are mouthwatering, heavenly, custard-filled, life-changing malasadas. The end.

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