If ever there was a place where locally sourced food makes sense, it’s Hawaii. Some 2,500 miles from the U.S. mainland, the importation of food to the islands is enough to make true locavores squirm. Happily, there are a number of dining establishments in Hawaii that take the “eat local” movement to heart, serving up dishes that are both delicious and environmentally sound.
Kokua Market Deli – The deli tucked in the back of Kokua Market is, as one patron calls it, a hidden goldmine. Offering dishes made with mostly-organic ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible, the menu also features plenty of raw, vegan, macrobiotic and meat selections. The meat, of course, is antibiotic and hormone free. Headed out to explore the island? Stop by the deli to pick up a meal to go.
Kahumana Cafe - Serving organic produce directly from the adjacent Kahumana Organic Farm, the café is situated off the beaten path in Waianae, though not far from Makaha Resort. The menu includes a variety of whole foods (unprocessed and unrefined) and vegetarian meals. Here’s your chance to dine in a rustic setting far from the glitz of Waikiki. The café strives to keep prices affordable, and indeed, the most expensive menu item is $12.
Roy’s – This is the place to take your sweetheart when you want to impress her. The food is amazing in both taste and presentation. It’s not a budget option, though, so be prepared to open your pocketbook. Roy’s has a number of Hawaii locations to choose from including a Lewer’s Street location in downtown Honolulu that's an easy walk from the Aston Waikiki Joy Hotel and Waikiki nightlife.
--Kris Bordessa of Honolulu On The Cheap andBig Island On The Cheap
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