Kauai, what a boar
Just got back from two weeks in Maui/Kauai/Oahu. Have to say, the best food find was at the farmer's market in Anahola in Kauai. Get the boar plate (they also had huli huli chicken). It's hands down the best BBQ pig I've ever eaten (although I do love my Daisy May's too in hometown NYC!). The Kobe Burger at the Koa Kea (served out of the Red Salt kitchen) was pretty kick ass as well and came with a delightful side of pickles and fab fries (it's only on the room service menu, but you can order it at the bar). I was one of those who fell into the "meh" category by Hamura saimin, which made me crave the ramen at Ippudo. On Maui, thought Da Kitchen was better than Aloha Mixed Plate, but loved them both. Great trip and terrific food as always! Oh, and for a dose of low brow, we were a little too excited to discover fried apple pies at Kauai McDonalds. So sad, but they are so good!
Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
2439 S Kihei Rd Ste 107A, Kihei, HI 96753
Koloa, Koloa, HI
hhc: In November, the Anahola farmers' market was only on Saturdays. It's still pretty small, and I think limited to vendors from within the HH communities. But no worries...there has been a larger rotating farmer's market on Kaua'i every day but Sunday for years. They've been so successful that some of the bigger towns like Lihu'e and Kapa'a now have them on 2 days each week.
Grocery stores are pretty good (and sometimes get the best fish), just don't expect luxe places like Whole Foods. Gets Safeway and Costco, though! Prices are reasonable (high), considering Hawai'i is one of the most remote archipelagos in the world. Your friends might want to consider bringing an expanded herb and spice kit.