1/27/2016 – World Wednesday – Hawaiian


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

In this World Wednesday, we travel to the Hawaiian islands for a sampling of wonderful island food that I imagine is served regularly at the King Kamehameha Club.

Huli pau!

1. Literally meaning “to cook in an underground oven”, what method of cooking involves an underground oven that’s used at luaus, and is especially used for cooking pork?

Question 1

2. What type of fish is used in the Hawaiian side dish known as “lomi-lomi”?

3. One of Hawaii’s most beloved dishes is what meal consisting of two scoops of white steamed rice, a side of macaroni salad, and an entree item like chicken cats or laulau?

Question 3

4. What rhyming Hawaiian dish consists of white rice, and usually topped with a fried egg, brown gravy, and a hamburger patty? The food is usually classified as a comfort food for Hawaiians.

Question 4

5. A traditional Hawaiian Mai Tai consists of white rum, dark rum, lime juice, Orgeat syrup, and what liqueur named after an island far away from Hawaii? It’s developed from the Valencia orange, and is often artificially colored blue.

Learned League precedent (LL65, MD1) –  Popular native dishes, such as a ubiquitous preparation in the tradition of Japanese musubi, as well as local varieties manufactured exclusively for the state, help make Hawaiians by far the greatest per capita consumers of what food item?

Tomorrow: We make sure you have lots of colors represented on your plate by asking questions about colorful foods!

Synergy: Last July, I interviewed the chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawaii about Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa as part of my crossword series “The X-word Files”, where I investigate words that appear frequently in puzzles, like KEA and LOA. Part of my interview talked about Kona coffee, which is grown in Hawaii. You can check out my interview with Dr. Ken Rubin [here].


1. Kalua
2. Salmon
3. Plate lunch
4. Loco moco
5. Curacao
LL. Spam

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