Local Fare with a View: The Culinary Delights of Hawaii’s Big Island

Colorful Display of tropical fruit

The Big Island of Hawaii is a true food lover’s paradise. From the island’s bountiful farms and orchards to its talented chefs putting creative twists on traditional Hawaiian cuisine, there is something to tantalize every palate. Here are a few of our Big Island Restaurant Picks, and markets that visitors must experience to truly appreciate the diverse flavors of the Big Island.

A few of our Big Island Restaurant Picks

Dining with a view of majestic volcanoes or crashing waves is easy to find on the Big Island. Some restaurants not to miss include:

Ocean view with the Coffee Shack restaurant

The Coffee Shack 

Known as one of the best places for breakfast south of Kona, this roadside cafe impresses foodies with its menu of breakfast bowls, acai smoothies, avocado toast and more. Sip an iced latte on the deck overlooking the lush Kona coast. Line up early. It’s worth the wait!

Sunset Kai Lanai

This newly renovated (and new ownership) open-air restaurant is perched just steps from a picturesque west Hawaii sunset viewpoint. Visitors rave about the fresh poke, seared ahi and killer mai tais while taking in the dramatic coastal views. Save room for the Key Lime Pie.


Top chef Peter Merriman sources over 90% of his ingredients from local Hawaiian farms. His signature wok charred Ahi tuna and Molokai sweet potato gnocchi are standouts at his Waimea restaurant. Eat inside or outside under the stars.


Markets Bursting with Tropical Flavors

From colorful farmers markets to food trucks dishing out local specialties, the Big Island offers plenty of tasty and affordable options for trying authentic Hawaiian foods.

Pure Kona Green Markets

Every Sunday, local farmers and food artisans sell fresh produce, baked goods, coffee, chocolate and prepared foods. Look for lilikoi butter, guava jam, tropical fruit popsicles, live music, and more. 

Cook’s Bounty Fruitstand

Any day of the week you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, coffee, honey, coconuts, juices and more. Since the big farmer’s markets are typically only open one day a week, this fruit stand in Captain Cook has saved the day many, many times. They don’t have a website but they have an address!

Check here for more great food spots