Thought I would give a small recap of our recent Big Island trip. We last visited in 2014 so there we definitely some changes.
Beaches: The 6-7 different beaches we went to were all as good as we remembered. A special treat was actually seeing white sand at White Sands Beach. We’ve never been here when the sand was too.
Towns: We’ve been coming to the Big Island for over 14 years, traveling all over the island and some of the smaller towns have not changed a bit. Maybe a new restaurant here or there (or some closed), but basically the same. THAT'S A GOOD THING. Kailua-Kona on the other hand is getting too big with too many people. The traffic coming from the north beaches was horrendous even during the off hours. It’s amazing how long it’s taking to build a highway from town to the airport.
Restaurants: We had some fantastic meals at quite a few restaurants we hadn’t been to before and some of our favorites. And even though there were lots of people around, we usually didn’t wait long for a table.
Kona Inn – Great food, view and service (happy hour)
Daylight Mind – Great food, view and service (breakfast)
Hugo’s on the Rocks – OK food, great view and service (happy hour)
Humpy’s - OK food, great view and service (supper)
Oceans Sports Bar – (recommended by Konaweb member) We came here twice for the Taco Tuesday. Great food, view and service (happy hour)
Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers - Great food and service, no view (supper)
Keoki’s Ono Fish ‘n’ Chips – GREAT FISH & CHIPS, good service, no ocean view but a relaxing wooded view (supper)
Lava Java – OK food, terrible service, good view (breakfast)
Kohala Burger & Taco – Great hamburger, good service, no view but close to Kawaihae Harbor so we took it down there and had a picnic (lunch)
Bianelli’s Pizza – Great pizza and spaghetti & meatballs, good service, no view so we took both back to our condo (supper)
Kona Brew Pub – Good pizza and salad, Sunday nights they have live music, need to plan a 45 minute wait to get a table (supper)
Orchid Thai – OK food, good service, no view so we took it back to the condo (supper)
Killer Tacos – Good food, good service, no view but close to beach so ate there (lunch)
Manago Hotel – Our favorite place for breakfast, great food, great service, no view (Old Hawaiian)
The Coffee Shack – Great food, good service, great view (breakfast)
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue – Sorry to all the people who like this place. . . but we won’t go here again (lunch)
Kona Dogs – Gourmet hot dog stand, great hot dog, no view since it’s just a food truck/stand
Holy Donuts – Best donuts, worth the trip to downtown Kailua (morning coffee break)
KTA Keauhou – Very good malasadas and the best MacNut Pie
Things We Did:
First Friday event in Holualoa – All the art studios stay open late, musicians playing at various studios, food trucks, an evening of fun! Definitely go!
Kona Coffee Farms – We always find it fun to tour another coffee farm. The farmers are always so friendly. Some you need to call ahead.
Avocado Festival – Fun event right downtown Kailua. Lots of avocados on the island, why do they have to be so expensive?
South Kona Artist Collective Tour – a lot of fun seeing the artists in their homes/studios. Very talented people on the island.
Big Island Bees – Nice info tour about the island’s bees and then honey tasting.
Whole Island – Lot of new Farmers Markets. Fresh fruits, breads, mac nuts, coffee, vegies and Hawaiian made items. Each market is a little different and all fun to stop at.
Odds & Ends
Where’s the Hawaiian music? We didn’t come over to Hawaii to listen to rock’n roll.
No matter where we were, we (and countless others) stopped to watch the sunset.
It was great to see more food trucks around.
Great to still see and feel the Aloha Spirit wherever we went.
Mahalo to KonaWeb. Hope to see you next year.
C & J Wussow
Δ Thank you! Shirley -- Wednesday, 21 March 2018, at 12:14 p.m.