One of the most interesting things about Hawaiian cuisine is that very few native plants were edible. This means that the majority of the raw ingredients - from yams to pigs - have been introduced to the islands by various settlers and immigrants over the years, beginning with the original Polynesians.
Similar to Florida, Hawaii's temperate climate gives them an almost year-round growing season. This means that fresh fruits and vegetables are readily available and dishes pop with their bright flavors.
Vegetables and Starches:
We're sure we've missed a few - what else do you have to add to this list?