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Roast Your Own Private Label

Stop for a cup of coffee and a chat at UESHIMA COFFEE (UCC HAWAI‘I) COMPANY, a picturesque coffee estate just north of Holualoa Village. The 26-acre hillside property is crowned with a grand view of Kailua-Kona and the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Experience the centuries-old art of coffee roasting with the company’s signature ROASTMASTER TOUR, where… Continue »

Go Organic

The LARGEST ORGANIC COFFEE FARM in the United States is located 3,200 feet above sea level in a mist-cooled rainforest about 7 miles from Kailua-Kona. Here, Trent Bateman, a mainland transplant who left a career in engineering to come to Hawai‘i, is growing AWARD-WINNING KONA COFFEE on his farm, and breaking all the rules. For… Continue »

Discover the Elegant Mac Nut

More than a century ago, a Big Island sugar plantation manager introduced MACADAMIA NUTS to the island. Although native to Australian rainforests, mac nuts thrived in Hawai‘i, and the state became the site of the world’s first commercial plantations. Today, these delicious, hard-shelled nuts are one of Hawai‘i Island’s largest crops. Macadamia nuts aren’t picked… Continue »

Go Wine Tasting in Paradise

Imagine enjoying the fresh air and peaceful views of MAUNA LOA at 4,000 feet above sea level, a glass of wine in hand. For those with a taste for the exotic, VOLCANO WINERY can turn this dream into reality. Created in 1986 by retired veterinarian Lynn “Doc” McKinney, the HAWAI‘I ISLAND WINERY creates and bottles… Continue »

Indulge Your Candy Cravings

BIG ISLAND CANDIES is a decadent destination for chocoholics of all ages and tastes. For more than 30 years, the Hilo institution has been known for the quality, irresistibility and innovation of its products. Big Island Candies is located in a 40,000-square-foot facility on Hinano Street near the Hilo Airport. Candyand cookie-makers work in plain… Continue »

Enter the Shave Ice Debate

SHAVE ICE—it’s not your average snow cone. Debates rage over which shack, shop or stand has the most finely shaven ice or perfectly crafted syrup. From haupia (coconut) to li hing mui (a salty, dried plum) to strawberry, shave ice flavors can be selected to fit anyone’s taste buds, making this icy treat the perfect… Continue »

Explore the Local Foodie Scene

One of the best ways to get acquainted with a new location is through its food, and Hawai‘i’s unique, multi-ethnic culinary scene is a perfect reflection of the melting pot of cultures that call these islands home. To get a taste of what the locals are brewing, check out the following FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL… Continue »

Experience ‘Big Island Magic’

Located inside the KING’S GRILLE AT THE WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, KONA KOZY’S COMEDY & MAGIC SHOW is a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show that opened in 2013. It quickly became the No. 1-rated Big Island attraction on TripAdvisor. Catering to tourists and locals alike, the show has been overwhelmingly acclaimed a winner. Multiple award-winning comedy magician… Continue »

Eat Lunch Hawai‘i-Style

The PLATE LUNCH is a quintessential part of Hawaiian cuisine. Two parts rice, one part macaroni salad and one part meat, these large meals cover the basics and sometimes even all three daily meals. Even better, their prices rival those of any typical fast-food joint found on Hawai‘i. Just pick up a plate lunch, plop… Continue »

Try an Island Take on Fine Dining

FINE DINING in Hawai‘i is an elegant meal that is the direct result of a chef working from fresh-off-the-farm produce. Here, that combination is known as HAWAI‘I REGIONAL CUISINE, which combines the classic techniques of Europe, the savvy style and sophistication of American Regional Cuisine, and the exotic ingredients of the Pacific Rim. Peter Merriman,… Continue »