My wife and I are taking a trip to Hawaii in a couple months. We'll be staying in a condo north of Kona and renting a car, so we're highly mobile. Any recommendations? We have a full kitchen, so we're not just relegated to eating out.
Markets, farms, restaurants, particularly grueling/adventurous hikes or treks, great beaches are all welcome.
Definitely check out the Kona Farmers Market on Ali'i Drive (http://www.konafarmersmarket.com/). Not much in the way of meat there, but it's your best bet for fresh produce, sometimes eggs, and chilled young coconuts (if you don't mind getting ripped off a bit). I hope you like fruit, because you can typically get eight or nine papayas for $2 there, mangoes, exotics like longans and mamey, jackfruit, as well as amazing pineapple that doesn't chew your tongue up like the ones sold on the mainland do.
There's a local dish called "poke" (POH-kay) sold at most of the grocery stores in town. This is basically raw fish, usually local tuna, chopped up and mixed with seaweed, nuts, and other seasonings. Some of the poke varieties have some questionable oils added, but most are paleo-friendly and delicious -- even if you don't normally like raw fish. Definitely try some. It tends to actually be cheaper than buying whole fish.
If you want to see (and swim/snorkel with) sea turtles, go to the Honokohau Marina off the Queen K, a bit south of the Kona airport. You'll see turtles all over the water, usually right next to the shore.
The northwest tip of the island (North Kohala) has fantastic black sand beaches (e.g., http://www.letsgo-hawaii.com/waipio/index.html). If you're staying on the Kona side of the island, you'll have to drive a bit to get to the best hiking, which is typically on the north and east part of the island. If you're into strenuous multi-day hikes, consider the Muliwai Trail to Waimanu Valley. I haven't done this one yet so I can't vouch for its difficulty, but it's 17 miles round trip and is supposed to be breathtaking: http://www.hawaii-guide.com/big_island_of_hawaii/spot/muliwai_z_trail_waimanu_valley/
There's a very paleo-friendly pan-Asian restaurant called the Lotus Cafe here too. All their food is gluten- and dairy-free, no MSG, mostly local and organic, cold-pressed oils only, and they'll easily cater to anything you request (no sugar, etc.): http://thelotuscafe.com/menus.aspx
Never been to Hawaii so I'm not sure about the lay of the islands, but blogger "M" at NomNomPaleo just went to Kauai in June and posted some good insight I think here: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/6482335132/paleo-eats-6-12-11-first-day-in-kauai (if the link doesn't work, start her blog at June 12th).
I was just on the Big Island and had the most amazing, (almost) Paleo pupu platter of my life at Kanaka Kava. I'm actually doing more of a Perfect Health Diet thing right now, so it was perfect. There was poke made with sesame oil (AMAZING), another (cooked) fish, pulled pork that had been cooked in the ground for like three days, sweet potato with lots of butter, taro in coconut milk, and poi (taro mashed into a liquid consistency). There might have been something I'm forgetting - but best of all, the server assured me that the only oils they use are sesame and olive. I get weird reactions to hydrogenated oils so this was like heaven to me.
I had an awesome time eating Paleo/PHD in Hawaii - the farmer's market in Hilo had a stand selling local grass-fed sausage with sides of fermented sauerkraut, lots of Vietnamese-style spring rolls stuffed with shrimp and avocado (I do rice, so the wrappers were fine for me), fresh young coconut milk, coconut milk-based smoothies, cheap sushi, green papaya salad...sigh...
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