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Hi, a group of 5 foodies has descended on the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Need restaurant recommendations near Pāhoa on the Big Island and within 30mins of Kaneohe on Oahu.

Anything interesting and unsual? Spam?

Anything traditional? BBQ, Taro/guava based?

Anything fresh and local? Food market, fish, seafood?

Appreciate any tips! Thanks!

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  1. Ken's Pancake House in Hilo! Near Kaneohe I usually stick to Plate lunch places.

    1. 30 minutes of kaneohe is much of the island
      in kaneohe, pah ke's chinese restuarant and dean's drive-in

      farmer's market's at windward mall wednesday afternoon and sunday daytime
      thursday 5pm night market in kailua

      1. The Hilo Farmer's Market has an exceptional array of tropical fruits for sale, or at least it did when I visited a few years back.

          1. (search!!!!!!!!!!)

            use keywords spam, taro, guava, bbq, farmers market, fish, seafood, kaneohe, kailua, honolulu, windward, north shore.

            for fresh and local try poke, hawaiian, local, grass fed beef, oysters (possibly our next big food crop here), kualoa ranch, plate lunch, pupus, volcano island honey, manago hotel, mac and cheese pancake, morning glass, otto cake.

            links: http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honol...

            http://www.nonstophonolulu.com/storie...

            http://www.nonstophonolulu.com/eating...

            http://www.streetgrindz.com/main/

            1. This was several years ago on the other side of the Big Island (near Hawi), but Safari Chefs did a wonderful tour of local organic farms and then did a cooking lesson / dinner. Was quite wonderful! http://safarichefs.com/

              1. You will need to visit Hilo for the best options.
                Local - Green Food Truck across from Big Island Toyota
                Loco Moco - Cafe 101
                Poke - Poke To Your Taste - a shack near the airport.
                Good Dinner - Hilo Bay Cafe - new location on the water behind Suisan fishery.
                Breakfast - Hawaiian Style Cafe
                Japanese - Miyo's

                1. You might want to try Punaluu Sweet Bread in the guava flavor. It's pretty widely distributed on the HIlo side of the Big Island; on Oahu, Foodland carries it. Also, portuguese sausage--lots of different brands, but the one made in Hilo is thought by some to be the best. 100% Ka`u coffee is most widely available in the Pahoa area and probably at better prices than anywhere else.