Recently opened on May 1st at the Ala Moana Shopping Center is Lin’s Hawaiian Snacks, a delightful gallery of any kind local snacks you can think of. It’s a cross between a crack seed store and candy store – they have the hugest selection of li hing mui I’ve ever seen, and lots of seafood items (dried cuttlefish, dried scallops), candies, kakimochi/arare, dried fruits, and even things like garlic chips and vegetables chips.
What I love is that each item is packaged in small bags, so you can get many different items without spending too much. This is THE PLACE for all of your omiyage needs for friends and family outside of Hawaii.
For these crack seed items priced by the pound, the friendly store clerk told me to let him know if there’s anything I wanted to sample. Hurray for free samples (the peach strip was really good)!
Lin’s Hawaiian Snacks
Ala Moana Shopping Center
Ground level, ocean side
(Former site of Compleat Kitchen, next to Slipper House)