Molokai Dining 101

Some things that would be handy to keep in mind about eating on Molokai:

It’s an island. EVERYTHING is expensive in Hawaii (if you notice the small-print in a lot of ads, you might have seen the “prices slightly higher in Alaska and Hawaii) and probably even more so on Molokai as they don’t produce a lot here (and even what they DO produce is not done so in any great quantity).  So nearly everything is IMPORTED to the island.

Molokai is one of the smaller of the Hawaiian islands and has a relatively-small population. They don’t have a lot of tourists like the other islands. So this is to say that they don’t even get to enjoy some of the cost-savings that might come with having Walmart, Costco or Smart-and-Final bulk prices.

There are no “chain” restaurants – not that it hasn’t been tried.  I read where there was once a Subway somewhere here and many are the stories of the Kentucky Fried Chicken store that was once here (on Molokai, the chickens run wild and are plentiful – not sure why someone thought it was a good idea to SELL chicken in a place where you CATCH dinner for FREE).

So it’s not a “foodie” place.  And without a large tourist base, most of the restaurants are cooking with their customers in mind – the locals.

And the local diet is, for the most part, high in fat, low in fiber, high in starch, low in vegetables and high in sodium.  And probably more sugar than is recommended.  Many of the local dishes are made with more-affordable cuts of meats, which tend to be higher in fat.  Which works for me. And it probably helps to keep in mind I happily eat the military’s Meals, Ready-to-Eat ration as well.

Pony, on the other hand, is a “nutritionally-sensible” person and this diet can be difficult for someone who traditionally eats sensibly.  And this will explain some differences of opinion in our restaurant comments.  Not that sensible eating is a bad thing. Pony doesn’t have the diabetes, high blood pressure or colon polyps that I have either 🙂