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Regional Information on Hawaii

Hawaii, USA
Regional Notes - Events - Gatherings & Groups - Travel Information

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Visitor Notes:

Posted by eric on: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 08:39 PM PST
This is from the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii's website:

- Most Thai and Vietnamese restaurants have vegetarian sections on their menus and may offer brown rice. Request no fish sauce. Most Vietnamese restaurants now offer vegan pho (made with vegetable broth) and vegan summer/spring rolls, even if these are not on their menus.

- Most Chinese restaurants will offer up whatever you request. Tell them what vegetables, noodle, or sauce, e.g., bitter melon with look fun noodles and black bean sauce. Request no chicken stock. You may also request reduced soy sauce and oil in the cooking and no MSG. (Your request can be honored because Chinese dishes are generally cooked to order, with the exception of soups, dumplings, egg rolls, and similar preparations.) Few Chinese restaurants offer brown rice.

- Most Italian and many continental restaurants have one or two pasta primavera-style dishes (or can readily prepare one on request). Vegans must be wary of eggs in the noodles and dairy products in the sauce. You may also request reduced oil.

- All Korean take-out places, e.g., Yummy's, offer vegan vegetable choices. The "vegetable plate" consists of four vegetable selections and white rice. The "vegetable plate without rice" allows five choices. Inexpensive.

- Many restaurants have good to excellent salad bars and plain baked potatoes.

- Most restaurants can accommodate vegetarians although the selection may be minimal. Call ahead to ask.

- At build-your-own sandwich shops (Subway, Blimpie, Quiznos), you may choose whole-grain bread and vegetarian/vegan/low-fat contents. Suggestion: you may build an over-spiced sandwich and eat it at home with steamed vegetables.

- Hawaii is rapidly becoming increasingly friendly to vegetarians and vegans

Subject: 'Maui 2006'
Posted by Chia on: Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 11:37 AM PST
Was here in November 2006, and I must say that the major parts of Maui is becoming a traffic nightmare! So many cars everywhere... eek. BUT the beaches and mountains are still amazing and gorgeous. A dining tip for vegetarians: when hungry, if there is no vegetarian restaurant nearby, try one of the health food stores. Health food stores often have a salad & hot foods bar where you can choose what you like and pay by weight (maybe around $6.50-$7.00) per pound. It's a good way to get something vegetarian, yummy, and cheap.

Subject: 'Maui'
Posted by Chia on: Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 10:41 AM PST
There's lots of beaches & places to explore on Maui, but you have to have drive or be driven everywhere (which is a bummer). The pace is generally much faster than I had expected. If you don't mind the long drive, take the road to Hana (or stay there) - it's lovely decorated with flowers & fruit trees, waterfalls, and magnificent views of the coast. Recommend the red sand beach in Hana. Veggie food-wise, the restaurants and stores listed on HappyCow is comprehensive. Definitely try Fresh Mint (Paia) and Curry-In-A-Hurry (Lahaina).

Subject: 'Kauai'
Posted by Chia on: Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 08:08 AM PST
Lovely lush tropical island with blue waters. There are only a few (and wonderful) pure vegetarian restaurants, while many non-vegetarian places do offer a couple vegetarian options. The local farmer's markets are great bets for fresh island grown produce and fruits - there are 1 or 2 each day, check local guide books.
PS. Swim with sea turtles at the beaches up north!

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