Kailua - KOna
Basik Acai - Quick bite after a morning swim at the pier. Get the large. You won't regret it.
Lava Java - Delicious eggs benedict and baked goods with an ocean view? Yes, please.
Daylight Mind Coffee Company - Freshly baked scones, kambucha on tap, Kona coffee, incredible brunch, happy hour fish tacos, clam chowder, and Pina Colada - all on a deck that stretches over the ocean? Daylight Mind is a rare place that does it all and does it all 100%.
Hysashi's - Best affordable sushi. Get there early, you never know when they will randomly decide to close for the day.
Umeki's - Freshest ahi in Kona town. Get the poke bowl (spicy avo + spicy crab) and their lilikoi lemonade.
Scandinavian Shaved Ice - Another great treat post afternoon swim at the pier. Refreshing shaved ice as big as your face.
Kaya's - Favorite hippie coffee shop on the way to Captain Cook. All the organic hemp milk lattes and gluten free baked treats.
Annie's Island Fresh Burgers - Local, organic, seasonal fare with cool vibes. We go for the burgers and the gelato spot next door for dessert, after.
The Coffee Shack - Kona is a morning island, meaning, it's people rise with the sun. That leaves us no shortage of breakfast spots. Iconic ocean views while you eat your banana pancakes on the edge of a cliff. You share your table with island geckos and worth the drive south on your way to snorkel at Captain Cook, for sure.
Big Island Brewhaus - Local brewery with island flavors and mexican food that hits the spot after a long day of hiking along lush, mountain ravines and in Waimea's cooler climate. The fish burrito with a lilikoi margherita or their beer flight is where it's at, just saying.
Manuelas Malasadas Co - Tiny little food truck that offers piping hot sugar coated dough pastries filled with jellies and cremes.
Hawaiian Style Cafe - Incredibly local, incredibly glutenous, but a must eat at Hawaiian diner. Whether its the loco moco or fresh pancakes, every portions is massive - be prepared to feel wonderfully full after.
Holuakoa Cafe - Rustic local spot to get coffee up the mountain. Go for cooler temps, their lilikoi bar, to get a way from the Kailua-Kona crowds and to see what local life on the island can look like. Also, their restaurant is a must for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Local, organic, pricy, and delicious.