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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:13 pm 
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So I guess I have to go to Hawaii. Is there anything I shouldn't miss? Vegan recommendations (or as I like to call them, 'vegammendations')? Keep in mind that I don't like having fun.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:38 pm 
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What island in Hawaii are you trying to not have fun on?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:50 pm 
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My daughter's dad lives on the big Island I can ask him?
edited to add: he barely goes out of his house so he will certainly know where there are places not to have fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Hawaii?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:58 pm 
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Fee wrote:
What island in Hawaii are you trying to not have fun on?

I guess any of them?

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 Post subject: Re: Hawaii?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:27 pm 
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I really have no idea. Man, I'm terrible at vacations.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:35 pm 
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I can tell you that I was in vegan heaven when we went to Maui earlier this year. If you go there, definitely head to Paia on the north shore and eat at Veg Out (yummy vegan and some vegetarian stuff) and also Fresh Mint (a delicious all vegan thai place). Also in Paia is Mana Foods, a great vegan friendly grocery store. And the Flatbread Pizza Co. there is also really good and they can do yummy vegan pizzas.

Not sure what equals fun in your book, but other than food, there is lots of great hiking, whale watching peak is more in winter (February was awesome this year for watching whales), and Baldwin beach in Paia was a great, less touristy chill place to enjoy the ocean. Also if you snorkel and scuba dive it's great on Maui and when the whales are around you can hear them singing when you're under water!

We stayed at the Maui Retreat and it was amazing if you are looking for a place on the north shore (this is not the West or South Maui where most of the tourists are). It's a very eco-friendly place to stay (like, you can't even flush your toilet paper!) and the owners are very much hippie-ish so you would want to be up for that part.

Have a blast wherever you go!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:54 pm 
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The Big Island doesn't have any all vegan places but there are great health food stores and delicious omni restaurants. But all that really matters when you're in Hawaii is the awesome fruits and vegetables. If you aren't having a pineapple a day you aren't doing it right.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:41 pm 
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Hiking is top of my list. The botanical gardens, Volcano Park, nature stuff.

I'm ok with hippies in small doses. Well, not ok, but, you know. I mean, I was thinking about staying here for a few days, and it looks like I might get lice, accidentally join a sex cult, or be sacrificed to the Wicker Man (in that order of likelihood). On the other hand, free fruit.

Thanks for the recommendations! I'm slowly zeroing in on what I want to do while I'm there. Namely, eating a bunch of fruit.

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Location: In some dumb hotel in an equally dumb town...or in San Diego
Im going to spy on you during your trip

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Was it the thread with the discussion about the Brady Bunch going to Hawaii that inspired you?

Your trip sounds awesome! <3

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 Post subject: Re: Hawaii?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:35 pm 
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My boyfriend and I went to the Big Island a couple months ago. I reviewed all the places we went on yelp and made a list here: http://www.yelp.com/list/big-island-for-vegans-honalo-2

Stay somewhere with a kitchen. You may want to bring or buy a good knife, since most rentals have shitty knives for cutting up the fruit. I suggest spending at least part of the time on the Hilo side -- it's closer to Volcano Nat'l Park and the viewing area (if it's still happening or open when you go), plus fewer tourists go there. I actually had more fun on that side and we rented a house, which rocked. Like someone else mentioned, there are tons of health food stores, not to mention the farmers' markets. And fruit stands. Holy shiitake, so much fruit. <3 <3 <3

The southern part of the island is also probably worth a day of exploring -- pretty sparsely populated but some really amazing things to see (and I think there is a small market in a town down there, but it wasn't on the day we drove through).

If you are into coffee, do a little research about the myriad coffee tours offered in the Kona growing area (well, there are some outside it, but they are chock-a-block up there). I found that most of the beans were ridiculously overroasted -- honestly, I didn't have a single great cup of coffee in Hawaii. The tour I went on was pretty boring, and the only thing I learned was that peaberry coffee is kind of a scam.

If you are into biking, which I am not but my boyfriend is, I can get you some notes about that. Well, he's into road biking -- and regretted not bringing his bike into Volcano -- but it seems like you could go more places with a mountain bike.

There are a zillion little corners and sights to see. Go, explore, enjoy! Just have a kitchen and get some basics and you'll be set for food. The restaurants weren't where it was at for us, anyway.


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