Food, Fun & After DarkSee all 101 Things To Do on the Big Island!

Sample Fresh Island Treats

At colorful OPEN-AIR MARKETS throughout Hawai‘i, you’ll find FRESH, HOMEGROWN PRODUCE at bargain prices. Look for local favorites like sweet and juicy Ka‘u oranges, Puna papayas, cherimoya, poha berries, Hamakua mushrooms, sugarloaf pineapples, Hilo lychees and Waimea strawberries. Some markets sell an assortment of CAKES, COOKIES AND PRESERVES. Bring lots of small bills (markets are… Continue »

Follow the Scent of Sweet bread

Like most things in Hawai‘i, the TREATS one finds to munch on are as varied as the people who’ve come to live in these islands. From the Portuguese, Hawai‘i has adopted the MALASADA (a hole-less donut typically coated in sugar) and SWEET BREAD (loaves of sweet, soft bread) as dining staples. Here on Hawai‘i Island,… Continue »

Picnic Under Coconut Trees

Wander across a footbridge over HILO BAY, keeping your eyes peeled for sea turtles that often play underneath, and you’ll find yourself on a small, peaceful island frequented by tourists and locals alike. Aptly named for the coconut trees scattered across it (heads up!), COCONUT ISLAND offers shallow pools with sandy bottoms perfect for children… Continue »

Book a Sunset Dinner Cruise

When the sun sinks below the horizon and the party boats light up, KAILUA BAY is one of the sweetest sights on the planet. Book a dinner cruise and savor a view of the island from the deck of one of several seagoing vessels that travel from Kona’s shoreline every evening. DINNER CRUISES are available… Continue »

Savor Romantic Big Island Eateries

While there’s no need to hunt out romance in Hawai‘i, plate lunches and shave ice for every meal may not do the trick. Instead, check out these RESTAURANTS for a view, good food and a perfect place to FEED THE FLAME. BROWN’S BEACH HOUSE: What better way to rekindle that spark than being surrounded by… Continue »

Sneak a Kiss

Maybe you came to Hawai‘i Island for romance. Maybe you came for the adventure, touting your significant other along. Or maybe you brought along three kids and left your two dogs at home. No matter what the answer may be, you and your loved one can always find an ideal place and moment to SOAK… Continue »

Create Your Own Vacation Memory

Get artistic with an art class at HOKULANI GLASS STUDIO. Housed in the former vacation home of Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods star, Tom Selleck, the studio is just 10 minutes from Kailua-Kona town. Hawai‘i-born-and raised artist Leilani Pacheco-Datta has trained with masters in glass art throughout Italy, Canada and the U.S. She passes on… Continue »

Muse & Groove

Hawaiian music is alive and beating on the Big Island. Many local hotels and restaurants regularly showcase LIVE MUSIC to amplify the ambiance. At the end of an adventure-filled day, nothing says “vacation bliss” quite like music. While many establishments and watering holes host local performers throughout the week, check with the restaurant or your… Continue »