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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes

Mountain Apple Crumble

Type of Cuisine: Local
Provided By: Patsy Rapozo
Category: Local Favorite
From: Wailua

The Hawaiian Mountain Apple, or Ohiʻa ʻai, makes a delicious dessert, as shown in Patsy Rapozoʻs Mountain Apple Crumble. This delicate, sweet fruit is in season from late summer through early fall.

The fruit starts with a beautiful pink flower that creates a stunning pink circle around the tree's base as it falls to the ground when the fruit begins to form. Due to its delicate and paper-thin outer layer, it will only last a few days once the fruit is picked.



8 cupscubed mountain apple
To tastesugar
To tastecinnamon


2 cupsflour
½ cupsugar
1 cupbutter, softened


¼ cupflour
2 cupsgranola - Wailua Granola
⅔ cupbutter, slightly soft



  1. Cook mountain apple, sugar, and cinnamon on low heat
  2. Cool and refrigerate
  3. Reheat mixture – should have about 4 cups
  4. Add a mixture of flour and water to thicken, if needed, then cool


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray 9” x 13” baking pan with PAM cooking spray
  3. Cut butter into flour and sugar to create the crust mixture
  4. Lightly press down crust mixture into baking pan
  5. Bake for 10 minutes
  6. Add mountain apple filling into crust
  7. Top with crumble mixture
  8. Continue baking for 50 minutes