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Kauai, HI
Star Market
Kukui  Grove Shopping Center
3-2600 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, Hi
(808) 245-7777

This is a full size grocery store.

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Big Save Supermarket
4444 Rice St.
Lihue, Hi
(808) 246-1512

This is a full size grocery store, two
miles from the Marriott, Lihue.

A few things that appeared milk, egg
and nut free include:

Roman Meal whole wheat bread.
Love's whole wheat bread.
Silk.

Styrofoam coolers.
Kauai Pasta
3-3142 Kuhio Highway
Lihue, HI   96766
(808) 245-2227

2/5/10

Our son with food allergies to milk,
egg, peanut and tree nuts was NOT
with us.

It was quiet when we arrived at 3 p.m.
so I had a chance to talk to Gino, the
general manager, our waiter.  He said
they serve people with food allergies
on a regular basis.  They also serve
many meals that are gluten free and
vegetarian.  He told me that my son
would be able to eat the brown rice
pasta with marinara or meat sauce.  
The chef would also be able to
prepare a vegetable and meat or fish.

This place started to fill up after we
placed our order. It has a small dining
room so there is usually a long line
with a thirty minute wait at dinner time.

I stopped by the next day to take a
photo for the Food Allergies To Go
Facebook page, and talked to the
waitress on duty.  She mentioned that
they recently had an employee
meeting to discuss the importance of
keeping special dietary items like the
brown rice pasta in stock.  They know
that patrons go there knowing that
they can handle special dietary
requests and they don't want to
disappoint those patrons by being out
of stock.

Kauai Pasta has another location in
Kapaa HI, which is only open for
dinner.  
4-9398 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, HI  96746
(808) 822-7447
Kukui’s Restaurant
at Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
3610 Rice Street, Kalapaki Beach
Lihue, HI
(808) 245-5050

2/6/10

Our son with food allergies to milk,
egg, peanut and tree nuts was NOT
with us.

I noticed that the bottom of every
page on the menu stated “If you have
any concerns regarding food allergies,
please alert your server prior to
ordering”.  So, I inquired with the
waitress.  She told me that the chefs
are very good with food allergies and
avoiding cross-contamination.  She
advised that guests at the Marriott
should tell the Marriott about the food
allergies when making the hotel
reservation.  That way the hotel
restaurants will make sure they have
the proper ingredients on site to meet
the dietary needs upon guest arrival.  
She used the example that they might
bake gluten free muffins if they know
that one of the guests is allergic to
gluten.

The waitress said they see peanut and
dairy allergies frequently.  It’s also
important to tell the front desk about
food allergies upon arrival, and to tell
the restaurant when making a
reservation.  It’s always important to
review food allergies with the server
before ordering.
Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
Kalapaki Beach (near Duke's & Cafe
Portofino)
3610 Rice Street
Lihue, HI
(808) 245-5050

Room 2105, on the sixth floor was
comfortable and clean.  The dorm size
refrigerator was clean.  No freezer
compartment in the fridge.

This hotel has a food allergy friendly
policy in place.  They want patrons to
notify them of food allergies and other
special dietary needs when making
the reservation.  At check-in they want
patrons to mention food allergies and
special dietary needs to be sure that it
was properly entered in their
computer at time of reservation.  And
special dietary needs and food
allergies should be emphasized with
the wait person in their restaurants.
Both their Kukui's restaurant and Toro-
tei Sushi menus mention food
allergies at the bottom of each page.

If you decide to use room service,
notice the In-Room dining menu states:
“If you are concerned about food
allergies, please alert your At Your
Service agent prior to ordering.”

Microwave ovens are available for
guest rooms upon request.  Place the
request with your reservation and
mention it to the front desk upon
arrival.

Food allergy friendly
Cafe Portofino
and
Duke's are adjacent to the
Marriott.
Toro-tei Sushi
at Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
3610 Rice Street, Kalapaki Beach
Lihue, HI
(808) 245-5050

2/5/10

Our son with food allergies to milk,
egg, peanut and tree nuts was NOT
with us.

I talked to the hostess and she said
they serve people with food allergies
all the time.  Their menu has a note at
the bottom of each page asking that
you please notify your server if you
have food allergies.
Keoki's Paradise
On Poipu Road in the Poipu Shopping
Village
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Drive
Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 742-7534

2/4/10

Our son with food allergies to milk,
egg, peanut and tree nuts was NOT
with us.

I talked to Manette, the manager,
while we waited for lunch at Keoki’s  
first floor casual dining area called the
Bamboo Bar & Café.  Both the Bamboo
Bar & Café and the second floor more
formal dining room are open for
dinner.  Anything cooked in the
downstairs fryer is subject to cross-
contamination by tree-nuts.  During
dinner, food can be prepared in the
upstairs fryer for nut allergic patrons
dining in the downstairs café.  Keoki’s
serves many patrons with food
allergies.   The chef’s are well versed
in cross-contamination and will use a
clean area in the kitchen to prepare
food for individuals who need to avoid
certain ingredients.

Manette showed us their laminated
allergy free lists from the kitchen.  
They have a list of menu items that are
free of the major allergens.  I looked
at the list for nut free dining, milk free
dining and egg free dining.  In the
case of our son, he would need to
make sure that his menu choice
shows up on all three of these lists.  
The laminated lists were a bit sticky
from frequent use, so I washed my
hands when I was done.

Keoki’s Paradise is a member of
TS
Restaurants.
Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club
2249 Poipu Road
Koloa - Kauai, HI 96756
(808) 742-4400

2/4/10

Our son with food allergies to milk,
egg, peanut and tree nuts was NOT
with us.

We stayed in room 1203, which is in
Hale 1 on the second floor.  This is an
interesting place since most of the
units are timeshare properties and
only seven of the rooms are actual
hotel rooms.  The room was spacious
and clean, but there was a moderate
odor that might be some type of
cleaning product or the new carpet.  I
didn’t notice it as much once we had
the slider open and the ceiling fan
running.  It was noticeable the next
day when we returned to the closed
up room.  I did notice the "do not
disturb" sign was hanging from a
bracelet that looked like it was made
from polished nuts.

There was a small refrigerator in the
room.  The inside of the fridge looked
clean.  The wild neighborhood
roosters started crowing at three or
four in the morning, but might have
gone unnoticed had we closed our
sliding door to the balcony.  

Our first afternoon we saw a Hawaiian
Monk Seal on the beach behind the
Marriott.  It’s a protected species
since there are only 1100 left in the
world.  There were also many people
snorkeling in the water behind the
hotel.

After two nights, we decided to
relocate to the
Marriott Kauai Beach
Club in Lihue since it was a busier
area of the island.
 The Marriott
Waiohai is very quiet on a quiet area
of the island.  It’s good if you like to
sunbathe or watch your children
playing in the sand.
Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages
9400 Kaumualli  Highway
Waimea, Kauai, HI   96796
(808) 338-2338
1-866-77-HAWAII (774-2924)

2/2/10

Our son with food allergies to milk,
egg, peanut, and tree nuts was NOT
with us.

This place was quaint and adorable.
Our cottage had a full kitchen and was
clean and well kept.  The inside of the
refrigerator was very clean.
Waimea Brewing Company
at Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages
9400 Kaumualli  Highway
Waimea, Kauai, HI   96796
(808) 338-2338
1-866-77-HAWAII (774-2924)

2/2/10

Our son with allergies to milk, egg,
peanut and tree nuts was NOT with us.

I talked with Leinaala, the manager,  
while we waited for dinner.  She said
they have successfully served
individuals with food allergies, but do
not frequently get such requests.  The
chefs do understand food allergies
and cross-contamination.  Both their
lunch and dinner menus are built
around daily “specials” so it’s best to
contact the restaurant early in the day
to be sure they put aside a portion for
you before it’s marinated or prepared
with an ingredient you are allergic to.  

Our waitress was extremely friendly
and patient while my sister and I
decided what we would have for
dinner.   I requested the beef
tenderloin special medium-well and it
arrived at the table rare.  Leilanaala
quickly whisked it back to the kitchen.  
I am not much of a meat eater so this
time I  requested it be cooked until it
was brown in the middle. It took
awhile for it to arrive back at the
table.  It was slightly pink in the
middle, but certainly tender and
edible.  

I did notice pork chops and fish on the
menu, but no chicken.  Like most
Hawaiian restaurants, there were
menu items with macadamia nuts.
Cafe Portofino
Kalapaki Beach (near Duke's &
Marriott)
3481 Ho'olaule'a way  
Lihue, Kauai, HI  96766  
(808) 245-2121

2/4/2010

Our son with food allergies to milk,
egg, peanut and tree nuts was NOT
with us.

I talked to Meredith, our waitress.  She
explained that Cafe Portofino has
been under the ownership of
Giuseppe Avocadi for twenty two
years.

Meredith told us that they serve many
patrons with food allergies.  Their
linguini, spaghetti and penne are free
of milk, egg, and nuts.  Some of their
pasta is made by DeCecco, which
happens to be one of the brands we
use at home.

The pesto sauce has walnuts.  The
marinara sauce is free of milk, egg and
nuts. The salad dressings all have
egg, but they have oil and vinegar in
it's place.  The breads are not safe for
someone with allergies to milk, egg,
and nuts.

Meredith invites food allergy patrons
to request one of her tables. She even
had some personal experience with
food allergies as a child.
Duke's Kauai
On the Sand at the Kauai Marriott
Kalapaki Beach (near Cafe Portofino &
Marriott)
P.O. Box 1988
3610 Rice Street
Lihue, HI  96766
(808) 246-9599

2/1/2010

Our son with food allergies to milk,
egg, peanut and tree nuts was NOT
with us.

We ate in the Barefoot Bar which is
Duke's casual dining area on the
water.  They also have a more formal
dining room indoors upstairs.  I talked
to Chris, the dining room manager.  In
the kitchen they have a big chart
listing menu items and allergens.  And
they have a gluten free menu.  The
chefs understand cross-contamination.

Chris explained that the macadamia
nut wantons go in the fryer, so people
with nut allergies should avoid Duke's
fried menu items, including most of
the appetizers.

Chris found out the hard way that he is
allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen, so
he knows what it's like to be injected
with epinephrine.

He encouraged us to contact him the
next time we travel to Kauai.

Duke's is a member of
TS Restaurants.
Foodland Super Market
4-771 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI‎
(808) 822-7271


Foodland Super Market
5-4280 Kuhio Highway
Princeville, HI‎
(808) 826-9880‎

These are full size grocery stores.
Safeway
4-831 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746
Store Phone:  808-822-2464
Pharmacy Phone: 808-822-2191

This is a full size grocery store with a
pharmacy. Store is open 24 hours.
Big Save Supermarket
Old Koloa Town
5516 Koloa Road
Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 742-1614

This is a full size grocery store.  Some
of the items that appear to be free of
milk, egg, and nuts include:

DeCecco Pasta, Silk, Lender's bagels,
Love's white bread.

Hillshire Farms Deli Select pastrami,
roast beef, and turkey breast.

Hormel Natural Choice chicken breast,
roast beef, and turkey.

Sarah Lee frozen pies peach, cherry,
and mixed berry.

Healthy Choice frozen Turkey Breast,
Chicken & Shrimp, Chicken Teriyaki.
Whalers General Store
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Drive
Koloa, HI 96756-9552
(808) 742-9431

This small store close to the
Marriott
Waiohai in Koloa had some useful
grocery items.
Some items that appeared to be free
of milk, egg, and nuts include:

Dinty Moore Beef Stew, Campbell's
Tomato Soup, Hormel Compleats
Homestyle Beef, Hormel Chili with
Beans.

Delmonte pears, peas, corn,
peaches, and fruit cocktail.

Love's Breads: Hawaii's Hearth Sour
Dough, Whole Wheat, hamburger
buns and bagels.

Quaker microwave oatmeal, Rice
Krispies, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks,
Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, Kraft
marshmallows, frozen Lender's
bagels.

Oscar Mayer bologna, ham and coto
salami.

Styrofoam coolers and ice.
Marketplace at Marriott Waiohai
2249 Poipu Road
Koloa - Kauai, HI 96756
(808) 742-4400

This is a small market inside the
Marriott.  They sell styrofoam coolers
and several items that appear to be
free of milk, egg and nuts including:

Frozen Tyson Honey Breast Tenders,
Plain Silk, Meadow Gold orange juice,
Fritos bean dip, Fritos, Baked Lays,
Campbell's Tomato Soup, Matador
Beef Jerky, Sun Chips, Ruffles.

Oscar Mayer ham, hot dogs.

Individual servings: Frosted Flakes,
Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Cheerios,
Cocoa Krispies, Cinnamon Toast
Crunch.