Explore the Local Foodie Scene

Big IslandFood, Fun & After Dark

One of the best ways to get acquainted with a new location is through its food, and Hawai‘i’s unique, multiethnic culinary scene is a perfect refl ection of the melting pot of cultures that call the Hawaiian Islands home.

A little over two decades ago, a group of island chefs developed Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. It incorporated local ingredients and showcased various ethnic cooking styles. Three of those founding chefs have restaurants on Hawai‘i Island: Peter Merriman (Merriman’s in Waimea), Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’s in Waikoloa) and Sam Choy (Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai in Kona).

At Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, a stunning 230-degree view of the Pacifi c stretches out in a beautiful blue oasis before you. The Short Bait bar is the perfect place to meet friends for

(appetizers) or go sit by the fi re pits to watch gorgeous sunsets. The superb service, spectacular views and warm aloha welcome will make this a top dining choice in Kona.

Other places to explore include Hilo restaurants TAKENOKO SUSHI (it’s booked months in advance, but check in, there may be a cancellation); and MOON AND TURTLE ; KĪLAUEA LODGE in Volcano; THE FISH AND THE HOG MARKET in Waimea; and KAMUELA PROVISION CO. in Waikoloa. PANCHO AND LEFTY’S CANTINA & RESTAURANTE 808-326-2171 PHO TO: POL YNESIAN CUL TUR AL CENTER | L OCA TION: L AIE ENTER THE SHAVE ICE DEBATE 46 101 things to do |

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