There's Hawaii for the masses, and then there’s Hawaii for a select, privileged few. It’s a distinction that you won’t read about in the tour books, and it’s not necessarily based on how much money you spend, but on how you spend it.
For many visitors, “Hawaiian food” means the elegant regional cuisine served in resort restaurants. Others say it’s traditional luau fare. But ask locals what Hawaiian food means to them and chances are they’ll rave about hole-in-the-wall gems serving homespun comfort foods that reflect the islands’ melting pot culture.