Highway Inn

Probably the most misunderstood word in American food culture is “Hawaiian.” All over the country when you see “Hawaiian” on the menu it’s usually a euphemism for “I took an otherwise fine dish and dropped some pineapple in it.” There’s nothing wrong with liking pineapple on your pizza—but don’t call it Hawaiian. I’ve yet to meet a local or a Native Hawaiian with an insatiable urge to add pineapple to everything. While pineapple and coconut and any other tropical fruits may very well be included in a Hawaiian diet, that is hardly indicative of the vibrant food culture of Native Hawaiian people.

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