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South Kona Eateries

While staying in South Kona, you definitely don’t have to travel up to Kailua to have a nice dinner or find a supermarket.  We’ve got everything our guests need right here, within about twenty minutes.  Here’s our most recent list of South Kona eateries and some of our favorite dishes:

Heading south (right) on Hwy 11:

  • L&L Drive-in (Hawaiian fast food: plate lunch with kalua pork, Portuguese soup, chili, lau lau, fried fish, spicy shrimp)
  • Manago Hotel (island grandma’s home-cooking, truly local food, recommend pan-fried opelu, butter and garlic ono, pork chop, teri-beef, comes with chef’s homemade sides like Japanese sweet beans, seaweed salad, Chicken long rice)
  • Patz Pies (stone oven + homemade crust = excellent pizza)
  • Loko Wraps (next to Choice Mart, recommend scrumptious kalua pork plate with fresh salad and coconut rice, homemade dressings, fresh pressed juices)
  • Choice Mart Supermarket (fresh poke, sushi, sandwiches, cheeses, wine and beer, fresh local beef, fish, and produce, natural foods section)
  • Junjira Thai (downstairs from Choice Mart)
  • Hong Kong Chop Suey (downstairs from Choice Mart)
  • Adriana’s Mexican (only available on Sundays at Kona Greenmarket in the Greenwell Garden, recommend her tamales and chili relleno, mouth-watering homemade sauces)
  • Poke Shack (large variety of outstanding fresh takeout poke)
  • Big Jakes Island BBQ (takeout slow-smoked meats, homemade coleslaw and beans, open 11-3 perfect after beach day)
  • Circle J’s (yummy homemade lau lau)

Heading north (left) on Hwy 11:

  • Fish Bowl (down Haleki’i, takeout exquisitely fresh, delicately prepared fish dinners)
  • Korner Pocket Sports Bar (karaoke, pool, local crowd)
  • Dave’s Ice Cream (homemade ice cream!)
  • Keei Café (elegant dining room, fresh island food)
  • Strawberry Patch (sweet little lanai, everything homemade)
  • Annie’s Burgers & Beer (delicious, all local ingredients, recommend Steakhouse Burger with local mushrooms, fresh beer-battered fish and chips, homemade purple potato salad)
  • Gypsea Gelato
  • Kaya’s Coffeehouse (GF/vegan quiche, scones, cookies, espresso)
  • Teshima’s (Local comfort food: recommend Japanese set lunch or dinner, ahi sashimi)

Posted on: Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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Another lovely little-known hike

Pu'u Wa'awa'a is a another fantastic half-day excursion that allows you to walk across silent ranch land and stunning, protected dry forest.  It’s located off the highway on the way up towards Waimea, so only about a forty to fifty minute drive from the Inn.  The trail is on a cattle farm, so you open a gate and close it behind you when you enter the property, and then you stop and sign in at a little shelter.  There are brochures and port-a-potty.  For the first part of the trail, the road you’re walking on is actually paved, and slopes gently uphill.  It’s relaxing, pleasant walking.  You’re surrounded by dry, arid grassland, somewhat lonely and rugged in appearance, often with an ominous gray sky as a backdrop.  But, like so many Big Island places, we love this natural environment: the solitude, the silence – save for bird call and the wind in the trees.  We've observed lots of interesting trees and plants up here, and regretted not bringing binoculars to better see the many birds.  The road will lead you to a steep green cinder cone up which you can climb as much as you wish.  We recommend this hike for guests who love birds, quiet, incredibly scenic Big Island places and moderately difficult day hikes.  There is a gorgeous trail run here every October and last year, under a brilliant sunny morning sky, I saw and heard more nene here than I have anywhere else on the island.  It is a wonderful place, for those who value silence and nature.   To view the maps, please visit:

Posted on: Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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