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Nostalgic Hawaiian Cookbook for Sale To Support United Way

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“Classic Eats and Modern Treats,” a nostalgic 150-page cookbook with recipes from Hawaiian Electric Employees, is now on sale with proceeds going to the United Way. Photo Courtesy: Hawaiian Electric

Just in time for holiday cooking and feasting, Hawaiian Electric employees published “Classic Eats and Modern Treats,” a 150-page cookbook packed with timeless recipes and new culinary discoveries to raise funds for United Way chapters across the state.

The soft cover, wire-bound cookbook with a nostalgic Hawaiʻi-themed motif is available on the company’s website at for $15 with no limit while supplies last. 

This latest edition highlights more than 130 recipes from Hawaiian Electric’s employee ʻohana adapted to the contemporary kitchen, including recipes using the popular air fryer. It also reprises recipes shared by former company home economists, as featured in Hawaiian Electric vintage publications Load Builder and Modern Menehune, many dating back to the early 1930s. 


Recipes include Hawaiian Nectar, Haupia Biscuits, Air Fryer Katsu, Kimchi Jigae and Mango Upside Down Cake. Also included are air fryer tips, a conversion table, safe temperature chart and household energy saving information. 

“As we look back over 130 years of serving Hawaiʻi, our employees continue a long-standing tradition of giving back to our communities through this latest cookbook, which shares delicious comfort foods reflecting Hawaiʻi’s diverse cultures and island heritage,” said Jim Kelly, Hawaiian Electric vice president of government, community relations and corporate communications. 

“Caring for our communities has taken on an even deeper urgency and we want to do our part to help families recover from the pandemic. That’s why all proceeds from the sale of this cookbook will benefit Aloha United Way, Hawaiʻi Island United Way and Maui United Way. Together with their partner agencies, these nonprofits provide critical services, resources and support to those who work hard every day to rise above challenges.” 


For questions, please email [email protected] or leave a message at 808-543-2555 and your call will be returned. Cookbooks can only be mailed within the United States and USPS Priority Mail flat rates will be  applied.  

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