Hawaii Vacation?

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We are considering a vacation to Hawaii but I am concerned about peanut and nut cross contamination. Has anyone successfully vacationed there with a child with severe allergies? If so, where did you stay and how did you handle it?

Thanks!!!!!

On Feb 18, 2007

We've taken DS to Maui twice. We stayed in a condo, so cooked almost every meal. I took a whole (v big) suitcase of food for him: cereal, cookies, crackers etc.. and only bought meat, dairy and produce there for him to eat. I didn't trust the US labelling.

We ate out at Mcdonalds once and Tony Roma's once.

On Feb 18, 2007

Do you only have PA to consider?

We stayed in a condo in Kihei so the prices were lower. I am from Hawaii so we ate something local called HuliHuli chicken. (Sold in a roadside barbeque stand and all it is is marinated chicken -salt, paprika, and grilled over a wood fire, so "ono"(good) with rice and vegetables from home.) Also we went to McDonalds, took out Pizza Hut and ate from Maui Tacos. There are some really nice restaurants in Wailea and the really expensive ones should be safer but call ahead to find out how FA savvy they seem.

The grocery stores have all the mainland brands and there are lots of things to buy for picnic meals at the beach - think of fresh pineapple and fresh local grown Kula strawberries, and Maui style potato chips (Lay's brand) on the beach with the breeze blowing off the ocean.

If you are looking for specific brands at the grocery store you could call ahead. They have Safeway, and Star Market as well as Foodland. Safeway has more of the tourist business, but the locals go to the Star Market and they have better produce selection for local grown foods.

Hope this helps.

Aloha.

Edited to add: We went to the Old Lahaina Luau. It was wonderful. The hula was great and authentic. Open bar with umbrella drinks as far as the eye can see. The luau food is buffet so we brought our own food but the focus for us was the hula dancers and the time spent watching them make Hawaiian crafts prior to the luau.

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On Feb 18, 2007

We were very impressed with how allergy aware the better restaurants were. Maybe they are here at home, too, but we never go anywhere when we're not traveling! LOL

Watch out for those mac nuts though -- they slip them into everything.

We spent a week on the Big Island last January and had a fabulous time. We did have 2 outbreaks of hives at our hotel restaurant after eating pizza. Still not sure about that -- I'm thinking x-contam with pbj. Our hotel chef said they had lots of fa training, but guess we'll never know.

We were most concerned because everywhere we went we were SOOOOOO far from a hospital.

Enjoy! Patty

On Feb 18, 2007

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On Feb 20, 2007

A good friend of ours has taken his very peanut/tree nut sensitive child to Hawaii two times. They said it was fabulous, the hotel, restaurants were very aware and helpful. I had reservations about going there, but they said it was no problem. Their daughter is very sensitive and they are very careful with her, so I trust what they said about going there.

On Feb 20, 2007

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On Feb 22, 2007

We went to Hawaii a few months before my child was diagnosed -- he was beat red and rashy numerous times --- I made Dr. appointments twice and then cancelled when the rash subsided. We assumed it was weather and flight stress -- ha ha. Now we know -- thank you Continental for your peanut packages (did not directly feed to my under 2 but he got it in the b-milk (YES I BREASTFEED ON PLANES) and from our fingers and the seats) And macademias and Lapperts ice cream! nuts nuts nuts. We are so lucky that little boy did not go into anaphylactic shock on our vacation.

So - I'd recommend finding one peanut-free flight. Other, than that, why is this different? Yes macademias are everywhere but I'd just do what I normally do and ask questions or stay in condos. Eat mangos.

BTW -- my child is allergic to macademias -- thank you Hawaii for the exposures!

On Feb 22, 2007

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