Eating on Big Island

Big Island Hawaii, like all the other Hawaiian Islands, is a lush, warm paradise and a great place to spend a day exploring and come back with a healthy appetite. But what options exist for eating on Big Island, an island that is known more for its volcano tours than its resorts or urban attractions?

Well, plenty.

Most mornings and early afternoons the Big Island is host to more than a dozen colorful open-air markets with fresh, garden-grown produce at bargain prices. You can easily find for local favorites unique to the islands, including sweet and juicy Ka’u oranges, Puna papayas, cherimoya, poha berries, Hamakua mushrooms, and sugarloaf pineapples. Also expect many home and baked goods including breads, smoothies, and confections. There may even be some free samples! But be sure to bring lots of bills and some good bags as these markets are cash only and you will be carrying whatever you buy with you when eating on Big Island. These markets are a great place to pick up healthy snacks and fruit on your way to other big island activities.

While traveling your best bets for food will be at the major towns in Big Island. Due to the large stretches reserved for national parks and refuges, these can be surprisingly far between. Captain Cook, Kona, Keauhou, Waimea, Kalaoa, and Honokaa will be some of your best bets for casual food as well as fine dining, although there will be beach stops and some local stands on the major roads for tourists and vacationers looking for a quick bite.

The Kona coast also plays host to a long row of resorts boasting world-class tropical dining. Many of these restaurants also make good use of the resources available, offering cattle ranched on the island, fresh fish from local fishermen, and large portions of island fruit and pineapple. Be sure to try the specials and order genuine Kona coffee while you are at it.

And how could your “Big Island Things to Do” list be complete without an authentic Hawaiian Luau? These are hosted at many of the major resorts in town with dancing exhibitions, leis, music, firelight on the beaches, and plentiful Hawaiian barbeque. You can also check with the Big Island cultural events calendars to find annual festivals and celebrations with even grander versions! Experience eating on Big Island and all the other fantastic activities by calling Discover Hawaii Tours at 808-670-3743.

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