1. Rent a place with a kitchen, especially if you're traveling with a group of family/friends. You can visit the local groceries and, in Kona, there are several beautiful farms with fruits and veggies and you can obtain fresh, local produce and cook it yourself! Heaven!
2. Go off menu. Every restaurant I went to, even those where nearly every item on the menu had an animal product ingredient, was more than happy to venture off menu upon request. At
HāLani, for example, I asked for an oat milk latte and a vegetable omelette without the eggs at breakfast. It didn't so much as raise an eyebrow and I received a delightful plate of lightly sautéed fresh veggies and a rich and creamy oat milk latte. At dinner, the waiter there informed me the chef could turn almost any entree vegan by substituting tofu for the animal protein, which we tried out to great success.
3. Stay on menu. CanoeHouse, an open-air eatery at the Mauna Lanai Bay offers Kahuku corn 'ribs,' edamame, blistered shishito peppers, tomatoes and eggplant, and an incredible maitake mushroom dinner dish (which I highly recommend), in addition to panoramic ocean views.
4. Explore the local farms and stores for the freshest and most unique local produce. I tried wild berries I'd never seen or heard of before and had some of the most amazing papaya. Macadamia nuts are also fresh and local here, along with many, many other delicious plant-based goodies.
5. Check out the vegan restaurants! Herbivores (75-5722 Hanama Place , Kailua Kona, Hawaii) is amazing and is only one of several really fun, #CrueltyFree, #PlantBased dining options. For more: https://www.happycow.net/north.../usa/hawaii/kailua_kona/
Explore and discover! Have fun and get creative! #HerbivoreInHawaii