Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Gluten Free In Hawaii
0

12 posts in this topic

I am planning on taking a trip to Hawaii this summer for a friend's wedding. At first I said there's no way I can go - what would I eat!? But I don't want to let my celiac keep me from living life. Eating out so much will be difficult as I get anxiety every time I eat out at restaurants in my area that offer gluten free options, so a new area is going to be even tougher. I am considering just bringing some of my own food. Can anyone give advice on traveling and any tips and tricks they have?

Thanks

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

My family and I traveled there in May for the first time. Its ALWAYS scary traveling with multiple food intolerances/allergies!! Its really not THAT hard to find gluten-free in HI. As with anywhere, the nicer the restaurants, the easier it is to find do-able items on a menu AND real chefs that can customize. But seafood and fish is SOOOO plentiful there that its pretty easy to have a piece of salmon or fish added to a salad, etc. Its not really any cheaper, tho, just because its plentiful. Tourism is tourism and you pay. We actually went for a drive along the northshore and came across a food truck and my boys LOVE food trucks so we stopped. I wasn't too optimistic but it ended up probably being my most favorite meal there!! Again...fresh fish and fresh fruits. Now, if you want to go to small, local places.....then your pickings will be slim to none. The general Hawaiian population doesn't seem at ALL familiar with glutenfree needs. If those are your only options, or you happen to not care for seafood and fish....then I would suggest asking for a mini-fridge for your room and buying foods at the market. I did take a few items with me, but with such expensive fees for baggage these days, I certainly wouldn't depend on that to sustain you for the trip's duration. I'm not too knowledgable about other airlines, as we tend to fly Delta most of the time, but they have a pretty decent gluten-free "meal" option you can purchase for $5, I think it was. I hope you go and have a GREAT time...its a BEAUTIFUL trip!!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its not as had as it seems depending on where you visit. I live on the big island and VP of the chefs group and celiac for 7 years. On the Big Island, 12% of the visitors at the hotels require some special allergy menu now. When I was diagnosed no one knew what celiac was but now all the hotels here have numerous Gluten free options and dedicated areas. The heath food stores always have gluten-free options as do many grocery stores. Small neighborhood restaurants and ethnic places are what you need to be careful of since soy sauce is on everything! So, I bring my own (braggs) and just order steamed veggies when I have to be at a Chinese or Thai place. Because of heart issues I'm also vegan so if your not, your also able to enjoy the island meats. Let me know more about where your going and where the wedding is. Some of my buddies here did a gluten-free Wedding for 40 people a couple of years ago because of what was on this forum. Finally with all the fresh tropical fruit here -- who needs the other stuff!

Have fun

Ken

I am planning on taking a trip to Hawaii this summer for a friend's wedding. At first I said there's no way I can go - what would I eat!? But I don't want to let my celiac keep me from living life. Eating out so much will be difficult as I get anxiety every time I eat out at restaurants in my area that offer gluten free options, so a new area is going to be even tougher. I am considering just bringing some of my own food. Can anyone give advice on traveling and any tips and tricks they have?

Thanks

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for the replies! I like the idea of getting mini fridge, I don't know why I didn't think of that. I don't want to miss out on such an experience because of Celiac, it is just scary thinking that one slip up could ruin my trip. I am getting more and more used to explaining my needs at restaurants so hopefully by this summer I'll be a pro ;)

I love fish so I'm sure I will indulge in Hawaii!

I'm not sure yet the details of where we will be, but once I do, I will post them here - restaurant recommendations would be great! It is really nice to know that most hotels do have knowledge of Celiac and I will definitely purchase some gluten free soy sauce when I get there. That's a great idea to add some flavor to steamed veggies.

Thanks again!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anytime, if you come to the Big Island I can give you the names of the chefs to talk to before hand to make sure you get something special. Lots of great fish here, you just have to be careful they don't dump soy sauce on it! Take care

Ken

Thank you for the replies! I like the idea of getting mini fridge, I don't know why I didn't think of that. I don't want to miss out on such an experience because of Celiac, it is just scary thinking that one slip up could ruin my trip. I am getting more and more used to explaining my needs at restaurants so hopefully by this summer I'll be a pro ;)

I love fish so I'm sure I will indulge in Hawaii!

I'm not sure yet the details of where we will be, but once I do, I will post them here - restaurant recommendations would be great! It is really nice to know that most hotels do have knowledge of Celiac and I will definitely purchase some gluten free soy sauce when I get there. That's a great idea to add some flavor to steamed veggies.

Thanks again!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




There's another Hawaii thread on here I replied to, look there too.

No worries about traveling to the Islands. I'm celiac and have been several times after being diagnosed (family there).

There are many options to help you, including eating out, but I would recommend shopping at the grocery stores (stand by brands like Hormel are available), health food stores (including Whole Foods), Costco (lots of stuff there is gluten-free) and making sure that you are not c/c'd by soy sauce.

My experience with restaurants is very good for the nicer places, so-so for the local places and very good for the known chains (Outback, PF Changs, etc).

Please keep in mind that a good tip is to eat when a restaurant is not slammed (dinner rush). Also, keep in mind that many many people still have no idea what gluten-free means, it's up to you to educate them and see if their interest matches your comfort level.

Even if you had to eat the same thing over and over, it's worth it.

Hawaii is paradise (esp outside of Waikiki). If you're on Oahu, treat yourself to a meal at the new Disney resort. They'll make it happen. Aloha.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was just on Maui and had the treat of going to Hawaiian Moons health food store (I think that's what it was called). Tons of gluten-free products, same prices as mainland Whole Foods for the most part.

Incidentally, my DH came across this good review of Celiac and Princeville on Kauaui: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60626-d1023257-r125658951-Westin_Princeville_Ocean_Resort_Villas-Princeville_Kauai_Hawaii.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

I think you'll have a great trip! Give us a great post-trip report so we can follow in your footsteps!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just wanted to add notes to this old Hawaii thread.

 

Last weekend I at at Town restaurant in Honolulu,

http://www.townkaimuki.com/

The chef/owner  Ed Kenny fixed me an incredible gluten free vegan plate of fresh veggies. I didn't call first  so this  was  off the cuff but it was incredibly good. 

 FOllowing night at Hiroshis, http://www.hiroshihawaii.com/  where as part of a party they did call and tell them I was  gluten-free and vegan and WOW,  amazing. mushroom sushi and so one -- 6 course. The  gluten-free pasta was over cooked but the flavors with it were amazing.

 

Two places to stop if you head to Honolulu

Ken

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was just on Maui and had the treat of going to Hawaiian Moons health food store (I think that's what it was called). Tons of gluten-free products, same prices as mainland Whole Foods for the most part.

Incidentally, my DH came across this good review of Celiac and Princeville on Kauaui: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60626-d1023257-r125658951-Westin_Princeville_Ocean_Resort_Villas-Princeville_Kauai_Hawaii.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

I think you'll have a great trip! Give us a great post-trip report so we can follow in your footsteps!

There is also a Whole Foods in Maui

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was on the Big Island of Hawaii this last February and the most memorable meal I had (quality, taste, price, and non-"poisoning"!) was at this little strip mall / hole-in-the-wall-looking place: Keomany's Local Thai (around the corner from ABC in the only shopping area of Waikoloa).  Hands-down best combination of "safe feeling" + not sick afterwards + taste that I had during our whole +week-long trip.  Affordability was a bonus.  They also allowed folks to bring in their own wines without corkage fees or any hassle, which I thought was very nice as well as convenient (since ABC sells lots of wine right around the corner!).

 

Huggo's / Huggo's on the Rocks seemed to be good too.  I would like to give a more solid review of this one, but we went to Don's Mai Thai Bar (part of Don the Beachcomber's restaurant) before this, and between gluten-free drink availability and views, I wasn't paying as much attention to taste etc. by the time we got to Huggo's.  I remember thinking it tasted fantastic, the views were gorgeous (from both Don's and Huggo's -- both are right on the beach), and I wasn't sick the next day.  It was not on the "cheap" end of the spectrum, but probably worth a visit if you're in Kailua-Kona.

 

Two places that a couple of long-time locals (one born/raised on the military base, the other a long-time transplant) whom I sat next to on the flight out recommended (but I didn't get around to checking out): Café Pesto in Kwaihi – N of Hilton, Kawaihae (best place to go to try the famous local purple sweet potato) and Fish Hump -- Peer in Kailua, Kona (best service, food, prices in the area, per the locals).

Edited by Philia
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just wanted to add to this old thread about a great gluten-free meal at the Kamehameha Kona Beach Marriott. Chef George Gomes did an amazing job for a lunch meeting for me. A lot of gluten-free choices.  just call him the day before and prepare for an amazing meal.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Had another amazing mail with Chef George At Kamehameha Kona Beach Courtyard Marriott. Chef  never ceases to amaze me with his creativity and using local produce. 

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,092
    • Total Posts
      920,314
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • WOW.  That looks eerily familiar.  Last December the temporary provider here at my local (rural) clinic gave me doxycycline to experiment with, but it was a mere ten milligrams.  Lol, no wonder it didn't help!  I'm glad you're feeling better.
    • I got cross contaminated some time ago & the rash came back pretty badly. I've attached a photo taken on June 11th of my back. It was also in my scalp, around my neck, on my front, shoulders, inner wrists and more.   Tonight I am not itching at all! I haven't itched all day long!!!! I can't take Dapsone because I'm allergic to sulfa drugs & Dapsone is a sulfa drug. Obviously that means I also can't take any of the other sulfa drugs that are used to treat dh after Dapsone is not an option. After those comes tetracycline. I really needed some relief! I began researching the dosage & particulars on tetracycline for dh. Extensive & exhaustive research did not pan out. The best I could find was treating Bullous phemphigoid. That said something like 500mg of tetracycline 4 times per day and about an equal amount of niacinimide. I really didn't want to take that much medication and in such strong doses. So my doctor (my PC doc) & I began experimenting. We tried Doxycycline 100mg twice a day. It seemed to be helping some but it just wasn't enough. Then we upped it to 200mg Doxycycline twice per day. It has taken about 5 days of that & I sit here not itching all day for the first time in a long, long time! This may not work for everyone. I did want to post it though as it is, at present, working for me. I am not thrilled at taking it but I have toughed this rash out before for years with no meds and I just couldn't do it again.
    • I laughed out loud at the 'little notebook' comment!😂 It has been interesting to see how much progress has actually been made over the past 10 years that there is even a notebook to be offered or a restaurant to eat in that will accommodate our 'allergy'. 10 years ago I feared that I would never eat in a restaurant again.  But the notebook comment is spot on.  Hopefully within the next 10 years restaurants will evolve enough to offer us a menu that clearly lists the delicious and extensive offerings that they have lovingly prepared just for us...and not just an ingredient list with nutritional values that take longer to read than War and Peace.   I am grateful that there are places to go that at least make the effort.  Who knows?  Eventually there may be restaurants which will have to offer menus with GLUTEN options available!
    • Thanks for posting this Adrien, it's a great list and I and others will appreciate the effort and the thought behind it. I loved my time in Malaysia and I'm glad I sampled all the food I could whilst I was still on an unrestricted diet. The good thing is that, like you say, some of the nice Malay foods are still ok. As a backpacker I survived on a lot of nasi goreng and laksa, nice to think if I return there I could still do the same Terima kasih!
    • I have posted on here before. DQ2, brother with celiac, DGP iGA was the only mildly elevated test. Was gluten-free so did 6 week challenge last winter. Negative biopsy. I am gluten-free now but do go out to eat. Prior to the challenge my health was good. Since then I have: Chest pain, pain between shoulder blades, periods of shortness of breath, heart palpitations, one instance of a heart arrythmia episode, neck is tender to touch on one side (they kept saying sinuses or TMJ which my dentist vetoed) ear ache, bowels never sink. Numbness and tingling. Blood pressure variations. Could be doing chores and feel dizzy and it might be 84/52.  not super low, but not typical for me if I'm running around the house.While other days I am mildly hypertensive. Recently lost 5 lbs in 8 days without trying. Recently electrolytes were low, alkaline phosphatese was low. Ferritin started dropping so started liquid iron 2-3 times per day 4 months ago. Primary watching that, I am not anemic but we are nowhere near iron overload either.  GI doc was a dick. Did not even know DGP replaced older tests and he was very condescending When I begged him for help recently and told me to get a second opinion which is exactly what I plan on doing.  I now have pain in my upper GI area. It is tender to touch. I had my gallbladder out in 97 along with a stone and infection in my bile duct. It hurts in this area. Pancreatic enzymes look fine, liver enzymes fine. Pancreatic ultrasound fine. I will now be doing a EUS Soon to look at bile duct, pancreas and liver.   so a typical day for me is that I might feel fine for a while and then suddenly feel like I'm going to pass out. really dizzy, numbness in odd places, like my body has been hijacked. I will typically eat a bunch of food something high protein and in about an hour or so I start to feel better. However, then my upper stomach starts to hurt in place of the passing out feeling. blood sugars are also normal. After getting the " it must be panic attacks" and condescending looks a million times my primary finally ordered an ultrasound of my sore neck and there is an abnormality in my thyroid which she says looks like possibly Hashti's. Except for one time, all my serum TSH tests were normal. We have more blood work on Monday. As I have not put on any weight and there are other symptoms that are closer to Graves.  Has anyone else had any thyroid issues that followed doing a gluten challenge?  where is your stomach pain? Do you have it above or below your belly button? Mine feels like it's in the pancreas area, like 2-3 inches above the belly button and when I push on it it's tender, but not all the time. sometimes i feel it in my back. 
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,123
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    ForeverYoung&GlutenFree
    Joined