Growing up in Hawaii allowed us to have exposure to many types of foods. Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Korean, Portugese, Puerto Rican, Filipino, Tonga—the list goes on and on.
One of the treats we would enjoy was Li Hing Mui, a type of preserved plum. Part of the adventure would be to going to your local crack seed store and selecting what type of variety you wanted.
Pickled mangoes, preserved plums, Japanese rice cakes, even getting an Icee with li hing mui powder are some of the unique things you'd find in a crack seed store.
Sadly, crack seed stores like the one in Kaimuki on Oahu are slowly disappearing as the younger generation aren't taking up the family business as well as changing taste buds of the younger generations.
This particular one on Koko Head Avenue was the store I used to visit after school and pick out my favorite snacks.