I'm back. I ate way too much good food, if that's possible, and didn't do nearly as much cleaning/sorting of my stuff as I had planned. I miss living in Hawaii. I miss my family, I miss my friends (though most of them now live on the west coast), and I miss the food.
I truly believe that Hawaii is paradise for foodies. The growing season is year round so there's always local fresh produce available. Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures so there are many ethnic food establishments to choose from. We have real pigs, not the super lean "white meat" pigs on the mainland. There are little corner markets and restaurants everywhere; it's very easy to avoid eating at chain restaurants.