There is no doubt that living on a tiny island, importing food is very expensive. So the locals do their best— and their best surpasses phenomenal.
Fresh picked papayas, homegrown kale, coconut water straight from the nut, taro veggie burgers from the kalo fields, local honey, famers markets galore. There is absolutely nothing wrong with utilizing the land to its best advantage.
Eating local, supporting farmers from your town, and knowing where your food is coming from are some of the amazing benefits of eating local foods. When in LA, I do my best to eat local and shop at farmers markets, but on Kaua’i, its almost easier (and more budget-friendly). I wanted to share a few of my favorite locally sourced foods that Kaua’i has to offer.
Acai? No problem…
No matter what side of the island, acai will be available. Topped with fresh and local fruit, homemade granola, and a fresh acai blend, its perfect for breakfast or snack time. Kalalea Juice Hale, Wishing Well Shave Ice, Aloha Juice Bar, Harvest Market… the list goes on.
So just what is acai? It actually originated in Brazil, from the Acai berry. It’s a superfood berry and when blended with agave, bananas, any other fruit (my favorite is pineapple) it is a refreshing smoothie-texture blend. Top it with fresh (and local fruit), granola, bee pollen, goji berries, etc. and you have yourself an acai bowl. A must try, in both HI & LA.
Fruit is everywhere. Enough said. Don’t buy grocery store fruit, its so beyond overpriced. Buy lychee on the side of the road and pick your apple-bananas, papayas, lilikoi (passion fruit), etc or buy at the farmers market! The Hanalei Farmers Market is every Tuesday at 1:00 PM. It does not disappoint. All local farmers & jewelry designers!
Raw food, meaning uncooked and unprocessed food, its a great way to fuel your body via the most fresh ingredients. Rainbow Living Foods offers great raw food and it’s so mouthwatering. Other options include the Harvest Market salad bar (like Whole Foods salad bar, but 100 times better) and the Healthy Hut salad bar.
Kauai Juice Co. is a must. Their company is growing and putting more and more locations up! If you return a bottle, you get a dollar back! I like saving mine to put all my collected shells in. Follow them on Instagram, they are great and have such a positive message!
Dessert, the Hawaiian Way
Shave Ice (not “shaved”), is the best dessert go-to. I worked at Hanalei’s Wishing Well Shave Ice. The organic flavors are unreal: lime, lilikoi, soursop, lychee. All organic, all picked straight from the owner’s backyard, boiled into a simple syrup, and minimum organic sugar, it is the best.
Also, Tege Tege Shave Ice is great too. However I’m a little biased towards Wishing Well Shave Ice, as I worked there and it has a special place in my heart.
Love & light,