To get the energy you need to explore all there is to see in Hawaii, the secret is to pepper your adventures with meals that are both delicious and well-balanced. Doing your own cooking is an excellent way to meet these two goals! So, before you go, pack a little travelling chef’s kit in your luggage (utility knife, set of utensils, sealable plastic containers, and porcelain cups). You’ll be fully equipped to let the following menu ideas inspire you to concoct a few good meals in your inn’s kitchen or on any picnic table you happen to come across. Easy!

 

 

Good to know: You may experience a little sticker shock when you go to the grocery store! As most food sold in Hawaii must be imported and transported thousands of kilometres to the middle of the Pacific, grocery bills can be high… very high. This is nothing unusual. Remember that you can enjoy savings if you sign up for a free member’s card in certain supermarkets (though a local phone number is required).

 

 

Breakfast

Start the day with some good local Hawaiian coffee and a big glass of water!

Option 1: To be prepared in the inn’s kitchen

  • Mini banana pancakes, topped with cubed pineapple, macadamia nuts, and honey

For the pancakes, simply combine one beaten egg and one puréed banana per person. Cook about 30 to 45 ml (2 to 3 tbsp.) at a time in a frying pan for a few minutes. Flip halfway through cooking time.

Option 2: Quick, no-cook breakfast

  • Yogurt and granola in a fresh papaya “boat.”

Cut a ripe papaya in two lengthwise; remove the seeds using a spoon. Fill with yogurt and granola, topped with a bit of peanut butter.

 

Lunch

Option 1: At the hotel

  • Store-bought fruit drink with chia seeds
  • Avocado, sunny side up egg, fresh tomato, and sliced cheese on bread
  • Bowl of yogurt with nut butter and cinnamon, topped with fresh fruits

Option 2: On the road

  • Store-bought coconut water
  • Salad with prewashed kale, canned fish, pumpkin seeds, and ready-made dressing
  • Small carrots and whole grain crackers with humus
  • Apple and piece of dark Hawaiian chocolate

 

Dinner

With the following ingredients, you can easily find tons of recipes simply by plugging then into your favourite search engine!

Option 1: Quick and dirty dinner

  • Sparkling water with a slice of lemon
  • Appetizer of edamame beans in pod, seasoned with sesame oil, salt, and pepper
  • Pasta with tomato sauce and (frozen) vegetables au gratin
  • Chocolate cake cooked in a cup in the microwave

Option 2: For a festive evening

  • For happy hour: local beer (or kombucha) and popcorn topped with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • Fish tacos in corn tortillas, with salsa, guacamole, black beans, red onion, lettuce, and spicy mayonnaise
  • Oven-baked sweet potato fries
  • Lilikoi (passion fruit) and white chocolate mousse

In short, whether you prepare your own meals or live it up at the restaurant, it’s relatively easy to eat well in Hawaii. Remember to include several fruits and vegetables, protein, and slow carbs (e.g. whole grains) on your vacation menu… that way, you’ll get everything you need to hop from island to island with gusto and aloha spirit!