From Kona to Hilo and all places in between there are lots of great dining options on the Big Island of Hawaii. During my first adventures here in 2013 I tended to stay close to my hotels so I didn’t really get a chance to explore the culinary scene as much as I wanted to. This time around I’m going to correct that with some casual stops along my route. From Kona to Hilo these are a few places you may want to consider when you’re planning where to eat on the Big Island of Hawaii. Enjoy.
Volcano House – After a full day exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park you are going to get hungry and you don’t have to leave the park to eat. The Rim restaurant at Volcano House offers a nice meal with a spectacular view. It’s not called The Rim for nothing. The cuisine here leans towards fine dining. I enjoyed the Lamb Chops and Banana Cream Pie with toasted Coconut flakes. What I really enjoyed was the Glow Show we could see of Kilauea from our table.
Volcano Winery – I bet you don’t think about visiting wineries when you plan your Hawaiian vacation, well you can change that perception because Volcano Winery is just a short drive from Kilauea. A winery that combines grapes grown in California with those grown right on their property in Volcano Park. They also offer a few unique offerings like Macadamia Nut Honey Wine and Guava Grape Wine. Try it on the Island and if you love it you can have it shipped home to enjoy that taste of Hawaii anytime.
Lucy’s Taqueria – No matter whether you come from the North or South on your way to Kilauea you will pass through the town of Hilo. Home to Sig Zane Designs, an airport and Lucy’s Taqueria. Cheap, cheerful and delicious Mexican food. I stopped in on my way to the park for a quick bite of tacos and to pose with Lucy. I’m not a big fan of the fake gun, but the Tacos were tasty and fast.
Eagle’s Lighthouse Cafe – Formerly known as Cafe Ohia, Eagle’s Lighthouse Cafe is one of the few places near Hawaii Volcanoes National park where you can get a cup of coffee you don’t have to brew yourself. I only came here for coffee before joining friends on a birding adventure in the park, but they do offer a nice selection of sandwiches and baked goods if you are feeling snackish.
Thai Thai – After a full day of hiking through the forests and lava beds around Kilauea a great place to grab a quick bite is a Thai restaurant called Thai Thai. Seriously some fantastic Thai food in a place I least expected to find it. A few friends joined me and we ordered a feast fully expecting to have leftovers. Guess what, not a single doggie bag was needed.
Hmmm, it looks like all I did was eat around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Thankfully I burned off lots of calories exploring the volcano so I didn’t gain a single pound. Enjoy!