I will give you the best places to eat gluten free on the Big Island. My husband and I stayed there and explored so many beaches. I would say that the Big Island of Hawaii was my favourite island for nature. We checked out the Volcano National Park and it was a once in a lifetime experience.
We will be back to the Big Island for sure. The restaurant scene was good and the island has so much to offer for people who are looking to relax in paradise.
Interesting Fact: The first explorers arrived in the Hilo region around 1100 AD.
Gluten Free Restaurants Big Island Hawaii
I think that the restaurant service industry on the Big Island, is very good at dealing with allergies and gluten free. I use the following tool to see how the restaurant deals with cross contamination and food preparation.
Gluten Free Big Island Hawaii
Here is a list that is further detailed below with the part of the island it is located:
Gluten Free in South Kohala
Racha Thai, Waikoloa is a 100% gluten free place! See their Facebook page for their menu items here. The traditional Thai cuisine is very yummy.
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm.
Village Burger in Waimea cooks the burgers on a separate grill to avoid cross contamination. You can choose from beef, fish and even a vegetarian burger called Waipi Taro Burgers. It has no fillers and it’s made with taro, leeks, carrots and zucchini.
You can either have a gluten free bun or the patty served on greens. They only put potatoes in their deep-fryer so you can have fries…………….. Awesome!
To contact them prior to your visit to answer all of your questions, here is the Village Burger website.
Hours of Operation: Open from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 8 pm and on Sunday from 10:30 am to 6 pm.
Noodle Club is also in Waimea. You can get pho made with bone broth and rice noodles. Make sure to let them know that you have celiac and they need to cook the noodles in a separate pot of water.
You should also contact them prior to arriving so they can look after you.
Hours of Operation: Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 9 pm and Sunday and Monday from 10:30 am to 5 pm.
Gluten Free in North Kohala
Sweet Potato Kitchen is 100% gluten free and 100% organic with tons of vegan options. You can call ahead for pick-up as well if you are passing through.
There are tons of options for you. To check out their seriously delicious looking menu items, check out their Facebook page.
Hours of Operation: Open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Gluten Free Kona
Gluten Free Kona Hawaii (South)
Lotus Café Express food truck is a 100% gluten free. I have never seen a food truck cater to me, so I was pretty excited.
See their page here for more information.
Location and Hours:
Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm at the South Kona Green Market in Captain Cook.
Saturdays from 7:45 am to 12 pm they are at the Keahou Farmers Market .
Double check on their page for up-to-date schedules.
Gluten Free Restaurants in Kona Hawaii (North)
Royal Thai Cafe has traditional Thai dishes. You must tell the server that you have celiac and then they can use separate dishes and utensils.
Indulge in a curry dish……………… they are great!
Hours of Operation: Open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 9 pm.
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Gluten Free in Ka’u District
Hana Hou Restaurant is the place for you if you are craving gluten free wedges, which you can pair with a bun-less burger. They have natural ingredients and can make accommodations as needed.
I had a hamburger steak with sautéed onions without gravy. They have a nice lilikoi vinaigrette that is gluten free too. If you are on your way back from the volcano park, it is on the way:).
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 8 am to 3 pm on weekdays and 8 on the weekend.
Gluten Free Restaurants in Hilo District
Conscious Culture Café where they have clearly marked gluten free items on their menu. I indulged on the beet salad and the conscience catch and loved it. See their menu here.
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 8 am to 8 pm.
Location: 110 Keawe St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Lucy’s Taqueria offers delicious Mexican food where you can get corn tortillas or nachos with corn chips, yum!
Hours of Operation: Closed on Tuesday and open every other day from 10:30 am to 9 pm.
Location: 194 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Gluten Free Resorts on the Big Island
Hilton Waikoloa Village has options for gluten free if you are looking to stay in a resort rather than your own place. See their website for more information.
Restaurants can change owners, chefs and menus: please contact the restaurant to ensure a gluten free meal can still be offered.
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Accommodations on the Big Island
It’s no big secret that Hawaii is expensive. So you can save money on cooking at home and booking a place on Airbnb or Booking.com.
We found a lovely place to stay that had everything we needed. Not to mention the fresh chicken eggs from our hosts. We found the hosts to be so welcoming and friends that we will keep in touch with.
Planning a Gluten Free Day Trip
Do not stress about finding a place to eat on the go. Instead, take the stress-free approach by packing a lunch.
Since grocery stores carry gluten free bread, you can make some sandwiches or a big salad with granola bars.
Even better, pre-order something from your favourite restaurant and pick it up the day before.
If you are looking for some family fun activities, check out this 10 days in Hawaii with the kids article.
Gluten Free Groceries on the Big Island
There are many grocery stores on the Big Island. I frequented the Safeway in Kona many times. They also have Foodland Farms in Waimea and Kea’au. The island also has KTA Super Stores and other health food stores where you can find a ton of great natural food and gluten free products.
Flying to the Big Island
There are may different airlines that fly to Hawaii, so see what options suit you and your family.
Once you have it booked, you can confirm a gluten free meal. If you are flying with the airlines below, you can see their meal options:
Air Canada – Special meals guidance
United – Special meals guidance
American Airlines – Special meals guidance
Delta – Special meals guidance
Things to do Big Island Hawaii
See this list of the 10 Best Big Island Beaches and Hikes here.
Volcano National Park
The national park is a must see! It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a volcano close up………….
…….to see the glow of the lava and to hike in an old volcano crater.
We had lunch at the restaurant there and as we ate, we had an amazing view of a steaming volcano crater. How cool is that?!? I didn’t reference the Volcano House restaurant above, but I did successfully eat a huge salad there.
I highly recommend taking a hike and seeing this amazing place. Hiking through the rain forest was so cool and the lushness or it all and then appearing at a completely contrasting old black volcano crater is breathtaking.
The entrance fee is $25 USD per vehicle and they actually have free days. In 2018 those days were November 11 (Veterans Days), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), April 21 (First Day of National Park Week) and January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). For other information about the park and updated free days, see their website here.
The Big Island has stunning beaches everywhere. You will not be disappointed in them once you decide where you are going to go. Here are my favourites:
- Kekaha Kai Beach – you drive through an old lava field to get here which is so cool! Then you have a mix between lava, soft golden sand and palm trees. There was a Monk Seal hanging out on the beach for the day while we were there! We also saw turtles, so you get to see a variety or sea animals.
- Ho’okena Beach – it is amazingly scenic with a cliff on the left, salt and pepper sand and beautiful weather in the bay. We came here three times so that tells you how amazing we thought it was.
- Black Sand Beach – it has completely black sand, which is so unique. This is also a big place for sea turtles to lounge on the beach, so be ready.
At Captain Cook we rented a kayak from Kona Boys and kayaked to the Captain Cook monument. Along the way we saw a whale swimming in the bay. Once we got snorkeling the corral reef looked pretty amazing. There were schools of fish along the shallow areas and I recommend going in the morning.
Going to the End of the World
Here it is believed that you make a wish (but don’t tell anyone) and it comes true.
The waves are crashing on the lava cliff and go so very high that onlookers are constantly oohing and awing. I recommend taking a seat and taking it all in.
Our world has such beautiful sights to see.
Gluten Free Big Island Hawaii
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