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Big Island Bounty: A Tour of Hawaii’s Best Food and Farms

Hawaii's Food & Farms
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For real Big Island flavor, go beyond the resorts and luaus and head into the fertile rainforests and fields of Hawaii Island. From coffee plantations along the famed Kona coast to specialty farms on the world’s tallest volcano, small-scale producers afford visitors behind-the-scenes glimpses into estate-produced roasts, silken white honey, chocolate made from local cacao, succulent tropical fruits, and even Hawaii-grown vanilla. Island restaurants and inns offer even more opportunities to experience the local fare.

With so many options, it’s best to create your own self-drive itinerary and explore the island along the way. So visit a local farm, stay on a coffee plantation, dive into the local cuisine, and, above all, hang loose and enjoy the ride. Here’s a sample of some of my favorite food experiences around the island.

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