Thanks to Sue Swerdlow
for allowing us to use her artwork!
Originals, Limited Editions, Lithographs,
Commisions, Murals, Faux Finishes.
You can see more of her work at the:
Sue Swerdlow Gallery
Historic Hawi
North Kohala, HI
808 889-0002
Okay, here we go!
There are some great dining experiences to be had in our area, and some are listed below and to the left. Very shortly we will have this page set up so that each establishment can enter a little info about themselves (some already have in the business directory) ...and to make it more useful we will have our own reviews and those of other diners.

   The Kohala area of the Big Island of Hawai`i is home to some of the best restaurants in the islands.
   In Waimea, you will find Merriman's, famous for it's fresh and unique Hawai`i Regional Cuisine, and Edelweiss, a small German restaurant in a humble old-country setting that belies it's reputation as a superb dining establishment. You'll also find the Parker Ranch Grill, an old-time paniolo atmosphere featuring the best of the Waimea range, and the Koa House Grill, another quaint paniolo-style restaurant.
   Up the road, in Hawi, is Bamboo, with delicious and interesting creations and great entertainment on weekend nights (John Keawe plays there as do most of the other island greats.) Call 'em to find out 'da scoop.'
   Following the coast down to Kawaihae, you'll find Tres Hombres with good Mexican food and a comfortable bar scene. In the same area, downstairs, you'll encounter Cafe Pesto with gourmet pizza and other dishes. Around the corner sits Kawaihae Harbor Grill, where the seafood is always fresh and delicious... and they sometimes have Anchor Steam (right, Guy?) Just a few steps away is the Blue Dolphin, featuring our favorite local jazz band on Friday night (famous musicians have been known to show up and jam with these guys).
   Continuing down the highway to Kona you start running into the resorts (we'll leave description of those restaurants for later, 'cause if your there you know how good they are, and if you're not, you'll soon find out).
   When you reach the Waikoloa Resort, make sure you stop by the Kings' Shops, where there are a number of excellent restaurants. Here you'll find Roy's Waikoloa Beach Grill, and if you haven't been to one of Roy's restaurants, you really should. The food is terrific (we sit at the bar and eat pupus, and drink excellent martinis ("Hi," Cal and Darryl).
   Whether you live here and are looking for a new dining experience, or you are visiting and looking for a good restaurant, Kohala is the place to find it!

Kohala Dining Guide

kamuela (waimea)
   Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant
   Don's Pake Kitchen
   Hawaiian Style Cafe
   Kamuela Coffee N' Cones
   Kamuela Deli
   Paniolo Country Inn
   Tako Taco Taqueria
   Waimea Ranch House
   Yong's Kalbi


   Cafe Pesto
   Kawaihae Harbor Grill
   Seafood Bar
   Tres Hombres Cantina

mauna kea resort
   Arnie's Restaurant
   Coast Grille
   Viagra Brand

mauna lani resort
   Bay Terrace
   Brown's Beach House
   Canoe House
   Honu Bar

waikoloa village

waikoloa resort
   Big Island Steak House
   Chili by Max
   Dairy Queen
   Grand Palace
   Hama Yu
   Kamuela Provision Company
   Palm Terrace

hualalai resort



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