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Discovering Hawaii Through Food: Where the locals eat, part 2

Hawaii_food_restaurants_locals_eatBIG ISLAND OF HAWAII

Merriman’s Farm Visits and Dinner

Hawaii Forest & Trail offers a guided tour of two Big Island producers—Kahua Ranch on the slopes of the Kohala Mountains, and Honopua Farm, which grows organic vegetables, lavender and cut flowers. The big plus? The tour ends with a four-course dinner at Merriman’s Waimea, using ingredients from the places you’ve just seen.
Hawaii Forest & Trail, (800) 464-1993, www.hawaii-forest.com; Merriman’s Waimea, Route 19, Waimea, (808) 885-6822.

Hawaiian Vanilla Co.
You probably knew that the Big Island was famous for its orchids. Did you also know vanilla is an orchid? Here you can visit the only vanilla farm in the United States and meet the engaging Reddekopp Family, which owns it. Tracy Reddekopp is an accomplished chef, so we’d suggest the tour that includes the four-course luncheon, served by the Reddekopp’s five children.
43-2007 Paauilo Mauka Road, Paauilo, (808) 776-1771, (877) 771-1771, www.hawaiianvanilla.com

Click here to purchase a digital copy of the July/August 2009 issue of HAWAII for the entire "Discovering Hawaii Through Food" feature.

Photos: PacificKool Island Ginger Ale, Ginger Cooler (pg. 1), Dawn Sakamoto; Paia Fish Market crew (pg. 2), Paia Fish Market; Hawaiian Vanilla Co. vanilla macadamia nut scones (pg. 3), Derek Paiva

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