Hilo Farmer’s Market and Blue Kalo
Whenever I go to Hilo, I try to time it so that I can go to the Hilo Farmer’s Market if at all possible. It’s so fun to browse around and see the different foods, products, and flowers from the Big Island.
For omiyage I usually bring back either strawberry mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen or chocolate mochi from Nori’s. If I have time there are several other things I pick up from other places, but these two are pretty high up on the list. Sadly, Two Ladies was closed on the day I was returning. And since I was at the Farmer’s Market, I decided to hunt for omiyage over there instead.
I was just about to give up when I came across this plastic bin of cookies. I thought it was going to be just standard chocolate chip or cornflake cookies but when I looked closer I saw some very interesting flavors!
The cookies came in regular or Splenda types. I picked up a regular bag of Lilikoi Shortbread for my friend who was watching my dog.
For our family we got the regular as well as Splenda Ulu Crisp and Mac Poi Chip cookies. They were both good with a distinct earthy aroma. The Ulu Crisp was sweet and indeed crispy. And the Mac Poi Chip was filled with macadamia nuts and lots of chocolate chips!
These local style chips below also looked good and were a little different than the standard bag full of only taro chips. They came lightly salted and were a nice light snack.
I really enjoyed all of the Blue Kalo products. But if I had to choose my top three it would be the…
Ulu (Breadfruit) Chip
Kalo (Taro) Chip
and Mac Poi Chip Cookie – Mmm, so ono! These chips and cookies have made it on to my new Hilo omiyage list. Keep up the great work Aaron!