Where To Eat Vegan Food Near Volcano Eco Retreat, Big Island
We believe traveling as a vegan you should be able to enjoy and get to know LOCAL flavors, ingredients and cuisines. FOOD IS HERITAGE. Or as the late Anthony Bourdain famously said, "Food is an extension of your history, your tribe, your grandma."
As Hawaii's first vegan boutique hotel, we are honored to be your source of plant based local knowledge. Here's where to find vegan Hawaiian food near Volcano Eco Retreat:
Vibe Cafe - the only vegan loco moco on the island, possibly in the state. Also vegan beet poke and lots of other goodies.
Sweet Cane Cafe - a community favorite. How about vegan poke or cassava pizza washed down with organic lilikoi cane juice?
Hilo Bay Cafe - best view in Hilo, be sure to get a table overlooking the water. Must try: warabi (fern shoots) sushi roll, taro burger and Hamakua mushroom poke with taro chips.
Pele's Kitchen - a colorful farm to table cafe in Pahoa, try the Kalapana vegan salad with mac nuts and lilikoi dressing.
Nicoco Hawaiian Gelato - vegan gelato in inventive local flavors such as macadamia nut or strawberry hibiscus. Locations in Pahoa and Downtown Hilo.
The Booch Bar - Vegan options include tempeh tacos and Puna beet salad. We thought the tacos were a bit bland but we give 10/10 for their vegan gelato kombucha floats. They also have yummy house made sauerkraut, and, as the name suggests, locally made kombucha on tap.
Hawaiian Licks - another delicious vegan gelato spot. Top tip: also available as take out tubs from KTA superstores!
Dragon Kitchen Sushi - sushi is arguably a taste of Hawaii in its own right since it represents the Japanese immigration to the islands. This tiny husband and wife spot is the epitome of mom'n'pop. All sushi is made using brown rice. Try warabi (fern) or sweet shiitake rolls.
Ebisuya Sushi - another local favorite sushi spot with a decent selection of veggie rolls.
Cafe Ono - your only vegan option near Volcanoes National Park, delicious sustainably sourced local ingredients, mostly simple cafe food like soups and salads (alternatively try Tuk Tuk Thai food truck for vegan Thai options).
Kula Shave Ice - Vegan options for acai bowls, shave ice and gelato.
Bonus: Tina's Garden Cafe - Not strictly speaking Hawaiian food but DO NOT leave the Big Island without trying Tina's mango sticky rice!''
Have you had delicious vegan Hawaiian food elsewhere in vicinity of our retreat? And remember to leave those small businesses a review on your favorite review site! It really does make a difference. Mahalo nui loa on their behalf!