What People Eat in Hawaii

Hawaii has found its way to the center of the fine-dining universe with the advent of the Pacific Rim cuisine – a melding of European techniques with familiar ingredients of Asia and the Pacific, many of which are now grown (or herded, or netted) at home in the Islands.

Even so, the base of Hawaii’s food triangle is much broader.  Every ethnic group that emigrated here over the last century has added its own flavors to an already simmering pot.  Along with such traditional Hawaiian staples as poi and laulau (pork or fish wrapped in taro leaves and baked in an earthen oven), there is adobo (braised chicken or pork) from the Philippines and kim chee (pickled cabbage) from Korea; mochi (glutinous rice cake) from Japan and char siu (barbequed pork) from China.  One can also find every sort of beverage here, from Asian tea and fine imported sake to some of the world’s best locally grown coffees, boutique micro brewed beers and several varieties of wine made from grapes grown in the lush upland vineyards of the Big Island.

Please see the attached document to review dining and restaurant options in the Kailua-Kona area.
The Best Places to Eat (PDF)

Other dining and restaurant options around the Big Island:

More exciting and fun dining:
Captain Bean’s “Sunset Sail” is one of the most popular evening dinner cruises on the Island.   It cruises along the Kona coastline and is fun for all ages.  It departs out of Kailua Pier for a two hour spectacular sunset cruise with a delicious menu and tropical drinks.