I'm planning a vacation to Hawaii -- anyone have any insight into the availability of kosher food there?
Thanks so much!
The following information may not be current. My wife and I visited Hawaii about 7 years ago.I understand there is a kosher restaurant on Maui which opened after my visit there. On Shabbat the Chabad minyan meets at the Hilton Hotel in Honolulu and, the Shabbat I attended, served lunch. Enjoy your trip.
We ordered from Oahu Kosher and had a great experience. The food was delicious, especially the homemade challah. You can also purchase a lot of kosher products in the grocery store.
I was there 4 years ago. On Maui, check the website for the Maui Mitzvah Centre, look for it on google, they will give you lots of good info on kosher food on the island. If you want, you can order food from them as well. In addition, they host people for Shabbos at no charge although a donation to the organization is politely requested.
In Honolulu, there was a kosher restaurant, a deli selling basics like burgers and sandwiches. Not sure if it still is around. They are not near the Waikiki area so you will need to take a cab or buses to get there. They would deliver to Waikiki hotels with enough notice and a minimum order. For Shabbos, Chabad in Honolulu offers davening and meals, dinner is expensive, so we didn't go, lunch was very reasonably priced and we enjoyed it a lot.
I have visited Hawaii a half a dozen times. I have stayed on Oahu and on Maui. We stayed in a condo and I kashered a couple of the stainless steel pots and some cutlery. There is an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables and there was Empire chicken available. I barbequed a few times. Fish is also abundant. I also went to a couple of restaurants and asked them to please cook a piece of fish in foil for me and all the restaurants obliged and happily gave it to me in a takeout container with plastic , but I know there are kosher people who would not consider this suitable.