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Comments on the food in Hawaii

Lots of Sushi places, which is a reflection of the strong Japanese influence.
Connie told me to check with the guys I was working with to find out where to eat. One of the places they recommended was Todai, which we had just eaten at the night before. Todai is a Japanese seafood buffet. Lots of sushi (I was told its "mass produced" so not as good) and all kinds of other food. I thought it was pretty good. Connie didn't like it. When we sat down, they put a check for $60 on the table and that was just the starting point - add drinks, and taxes, we were well over $80 for the meal.

After we were there about 20 minutes, a huge crowd of Japanese teenagers came in and really jammed things up. Connie got caught up in the middle of that crowd and that didn't help matters.

Connie really wanted to go to a luau. We did that at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I thought the food was good. Connie only liked the pork. She didn't like the potatoes, or the poi, or much of anything else. The "punch" they had on the table, I'd bet anything was weak cherry Kool-aid, which would be par for the Polynesian Cultural Center.

There was a coffee shop and bar just down the street from the hotel. It had some Hawian dishes and standard American fare (hamburgers, salad bar, etc.)  Connie didn't like the food there. I thought it was OK, although nothing to write home about. But it was open 24x7 so it was availble at 6AM - important to those still operating on Eastern Daylight Time (+6 hrs).

The Smells

Every resturaunt we went to (except McDonalds) had some foul smell in it somewhere, and I mean really foul smell. The smell wasn't the same in every restaraunt, but different smells and different places in the restaraunt. I'm guessing because the humidity is always high there - maybe because Hawians aren't terribly concerned about sanitation. We didn't go to a bunch of crummy places either.
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