Length of Episodes: 22 min
Host Taylor Hicks explores tropical Hawaii searching for the spirit of aloha and the perfect State Plate. On Waikiki Beach, he samples musubi, “the surfer’s energy bar,” made of seaweed, rice and an unexpected food beloved in the region: Spam®. Taylor then travels inland to learn about kalua pig, a succulent main course that’s slow cooked over local volcanic rock. He harvests the official state plant, taro, to help create poi, a traditional island side dish. For his second side, Taylor picks what is known as the world’s sweetest pineapple, Meli Kalima (“honey cream”). Finally, he chooses coconut from “the tree of life” to use as the main ingredient of the creamy dessert called haupia. Get ready to say “mahalo” for authentic island cuisine!