By Jacklin Shapiro, Semester at Sea, Spring 2017

First stop: Oahu, Hawaii! Even though we were only in Hawaii for just one day, I got the opportunity to try two trademark foods of the state. I had lunch at Dukes, which is a famous local beach bar restaurant. I had a very hard time deciding between the tuna poke and the street tacos. Even though both sounded amazing, I ended up going with the tuna poke.

Tuna poke is diced into cubs and can be served in a variety of ways. This particular dish came served on 3 large crackers with tuna, avocado, chipotle aioli, and jalapenos on top of the crackers. They also brought a bowl of rice to accompany the dish. The fish was extremely fresh and all the different flavors mixed really well together.

The second thing I tried was an acai bowl from Crown Pineapple plantation. The presentation of this bowl was beautiful with lots of fruit on top. This acai bowl had many components. On the bottom, was a layer of crunchy granola. Next, was the acai. Then there was another layer of granola and all the fruit. Finally. It was topped with honey and chocolate bits for even more flavor. The acai bowl tasted even better than it looks. I absolutely loved the food in Hawaii and cannot wait to go back and try even more.