One of the things we love, love, love about Costco shopping here, on top of their prices, is the abundance of local products available. We have visited and shopped at Costco in many different places on the mainland but I don’t remember ever seeing so many things specifically geared to a certain location like they are here. Below are just a few of the many local products available year-round at our Costco:
Warning: Lots of photos coming up!)
This is just one of many, many locally produced (Honolulu) baked goods and snacks. Brett loves Oahu-made pumpkin graham crackers, and you can also get lots of other kinds of cookies, and things like Kona coffee-macadamia brittle and other macadamia nut treats, wonton chips and much more, all made right here in Hawaii.
There are several Japanese and other Asian products that you would only find in an Asian market back on the mainland (and not in such big packages). Furikake is a seaweed based condiment that is eaten with rice.
Large utility-sized boxes of Asian sweets are also available. WenYu and Meiling LOVE Choco Pie (they’re sort of like a small Moon Pie) – they’ll both be taking boxes back to school with them. We enjoy being able to buy big boxes of traditional Japanese sweets like imagawayaki and dorayaki at Christmastime.
Good, good stuff!
Hawaiian “Winners” – the red color scares me, but these hot dogs are very popular here. Same for Portuguese sausages – you can buy large packages of those at Costco as well.
We like laulau (pork and butterfish steamed in ti leaves), but thought this brand was awful. It’s a very popular item though at Costco.
These barbecue pork buns are huge (and soft and fluffy when steamed). WenYu adores these.
Giant bags of dried skipjack tuna – a local favorite and very tasty. It’s often eaten with poi.
Big boxes of fresh poke, Hawaiian-style ahi sashimi (raw fish), come in several flavors. They sell out very quickly. YUM again!
The BEST granola I’ve ever eaten, made right here on Kaua’i. Our Costco also carries large bags of Kauai Coffee (grown and roasted on the island) and variety packs of Kauai Kookies, from Hanapepe on the west side.
POG – Passionfruit, Orange, and Guava juice – is a true local favorite. Mixed with champagne or prosecco it makes a tasty mimosa.
The following items may or may not have been made in Hawai’i, but they’re most definitely local, and maybe not something you’ll find at Costco in other locations, at least not in the amounts available here or not year-round:
You know there’s always going to be enough Spam available to feed an army.
Aloha shirts at Costco are just $19.99 for a very nice quality piece of clothing. Brett added two to his collection when we came over in 2012 to check things out.
Tommy Bahama chairs are THE beach chairs to have here – our Costco has them as well as beach towels, umbrellas and sun screen in stock all year.
Yes, you can even get your surfboard at Costco, all year long (this nice guy was buying this one for a friend).