Thursday, September 22, 2011


Ka’awa Loa Plantation Guest House & Retreat – 82-5990 Napoopoo Road; 808-323-2686;; stylish B&B with jaw-dropping views of isalnd’s southern coastline.
Bong Brothers Coffee – 84-5227 Mamalahoa Highway; 808-328-9289;
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue – 81-6224 Mamalahoa Highway; 808-323-9888;; try Chicken Katsu Loco Moco (deep-fried, gravy-drenched cutlet served with egg and rice).
Manago Hotel – 82-6151 Mamalahoa Highway; 808-323-2642;; “real Hawaii”; seating at 7:30 p.m. (plantation hours); remarkable pork chops, seaweed (ogo – when in season), fish.

Shipman House Bed & Breakfast Inn – 131 Kaiulani Street; 808-934-8002 or 800-627-8447;; impressive breakfast; weekly hula lessons.
Hilo Bay Cafe – 315 Makaala Street; 808-935-4939;; organic food.
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue – 348 Kinoole Street (at Mamo Street); 808-934-0888;; try Chicken Katsu Loco Moco (deep-fried, gravy-drenched cutlet served with egg and rice).
Sombat’s – 88 Kanoelehua Avenue; 808-969-9336;; Thai food.
Sushi Bar Hime – 14 Furneaux Lane; 808-961-6356; local tuna sashimi and Japanese octopus.
Antiques & Coins – 191 Kilauea Avenue; 808-969-1881; both art and objects.
Dragon Mama – 288 Kamehameha Avenue; 808-934-9081; designer repurposed remnants of kimono fabrics.
Still Life Books – 130 Kilauea Avenue; 808-756-2919; early editions of Pablo Neruda’s Memoirs and Bruce Chatwin’s Winding Paths.

Hawaiian Vanilla Company – 43-2007 Paauilo Mauka Road; 808-776-1771; late-afternoon tea; family-owned farm and mill in rain forest.

Bars & Nightclubs
Manta Ray Bar & Grill – 78-128 Ehukai Street (at Sheraton Keauhou Resort); 808-930-4900;; can see manta rays under water’s surface, even at night.
Manta Night Dive.
Four Seasons Resort at Historic Hualalai – 72-100 Ka’upulehu Drive; 808-325-8000 or 800-819-5053; impeccable resort; excellent snorkeling; Balinese-style villas; 6 swimming pools; spa.
Buzz’s Original Steakhouse – 413 Kawailoa Road; 808-261-4661;; great for dinner or lunch.
Kona Blue Sky Coffee Co. – 76-973 Hualalai Road; 808-322-1700;
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue – 75-5595 Palani Road (Lanihau Shopping Center); 808-331-8886;; try Chicken Katsu Loco Moco (deep-fried, gravy-drenched cutlet served with egg and rice).
Mountain Thunder Kona Coffee Plantation – 73-1944 Hao Street; 808-325-2136;
Kona Aggressor II – 209 Hudson Trace (Augusta, Georgia); 706-993-2531 or 800-348-2628;; live-aboard dive accommodations that are luxurious and perfect for dive vacations.
Sights & Sites
Kona Coast –; among best diving sites in world to see mantas.

Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Hoomaluhia – 250 Maluhia Road; 808-889-6336;; luxury, eco-friendly resort.

Teshima’s Restaurant – 79-7251 Mamalahoa Highway; 808-322-9140; local and Japanese food.

Au Au Crater – dramatic, v-shaped bowl that exposes ancient landslide; whales, humpback & pilot.
Pawai Bay – butterflyfish schools.
“Pelagic Magic” – on 50’ tether in 4K’ water at night as tiny, bizarre organisms waft by.
Pentagon – lava tubes; 1 of top 10 dive sites on island.
Pyramid Pinnacles – at spectacular drop-off edge; eels and invertebrates.
Suck ‘Em Up – 40’ lova tube next to open-ceiling cave that hosts huge fish schools and whitetip reef shark.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel – 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive); 808-882-7222 or 800-882-6060;; luxury resort on 1 of island’s prettiest beaches.
Mauna Lani Resort – 68-1310 Mauna Lani Drive; 808-885-6622 or 800-628-7815;; make sure, even if not staying here, to take time to wander Kalahuipua’a – ancient “fish ponds” on property.
Sights & Sites
Kalahuipua’a – 68-1310 Mauna Lani Drive; 808-885-6622 (at Mauna Lani Resort);; make sure, even if not staying here, to take time to wander Kalahuipua’a – ancient “fish ponds” on property.

Hilo Coffee Mill – 17-0995 Volcano Road; 808-968-1333;

Island Naturals Pahoa – 15-1403 Nanawale Homesteads; 808-965-8322; drinks, juices, and smoothies.
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue – 427 Pahoa Road; 808-965-9533;; try Chicken Katsu Loco Moco (deep-fried, gravy-drenched cutlet served with egg and rice).

Volcano House – 1 Crater Rim Drive (Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park); 808-441-7750 or 866-940-2782;; dating back to 1846, Hawaii’s oldest hotel; restored; 33 guest rooms, dining room, snack bar, lounge & gift shop; also, camper cabins & campsites (Namakanipaio Campground); overlooks Halema‘uma‘u Crater at Kilauea summit; hike to Napau Trail to view Pu‘u O’o along East Rift zone & witness spectacular eruptions.
Peter Merriman’s – Opelo Plaza, Highway 19; 808-885-6822;; regional food by James Beard award-winning chef.
Sights & Sites
Hapuna Beach – wide sand strip ideal for sunbathing.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – Highway 11 (30 miles from Hilo); 808-985-6000;; home to 2 of world’s most active, accessible & studied volcanoes.
Kalapana Black Sand Beach – southern island tip.
Kaunaoa Beach – Mauna Kea Resort’s beach known for tranquil water and powdery sand; open to public.
Kealakekua Bay – calm water and diverse fish array.
Papakolea Beach – off southern tip but worth trip for green sand.

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