K’s friends are having us over for dinner this week. They live close by so I thought it would be nice if we went outside of Kailua/Lanikai to find something to bring with us. I’ve been wanting to visit Made in Hawaii in Pearl City ever since I read about their Mochi Strawberries. I knew they sold something special called Lilikoi cream cheese which I thought would be easy to keep until we go over for dinner in a couple of days.
The shop is teeny tiny–just a little front space of an outlet/factory. The woman who greeted us was very helpful and gave us samples of their jams, fruit butters, and cream cheeses. I learned that Lilikoi is yellow passion fruit. Delicious! I was disappointed that they only had Mochi Strawberries from Wednesday to Saturday which she recommended ordering in advance. But we’ll go back another day for that. Everything in the store is made in Hawaii and they produce their own jams and preserves under the label Island Preserve. We ended up choosing Strawberry Guava Cream Cheese, Pineapple Blueberry Jam, and Lime Butter. This place joins the list of great places for gifts to bring home.