How to use the Guide

How to Use the Guide

For every food item or family, there are several features of information presented that include:

  1. Common name & (Scientific name)
  2. Traditional names by island jurisdiction
  3. Picture(s)
  4. General description, followed by brief details about
    • Selection
    • Storage
    • Preparation
  5. Nutrition Facts label: based on availability of information in the following databases:
    • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrient Data Laboratory
    • Hawai’i Foods Database
    • Hawai’i Seafood Council
    • Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Library


These pins label foods according to the USDA MyPlate guidelines and food groups.


These pins label foods according to the SPC food groups for healthy eating in the Pacific.


Note: There may be a few foods that do not fall in either of the 3 food groups, which the SPC regards spc_bodyas not essential or needed in significant amounts to achieve healthy eating. The recommendations for these miscellaneous food items are to “Eat Less” of, but not necessarily to avoid completely as they may have cultural and traditional value. Such food items will have this pin.