big island | Restaurants

As each ethnic group came to Hawai'i, they brought with them their foods and food ways. The result is arguably the most cosmopolitan mix of dishes, techniques, tools and customs in the country, possibly the world. Significant contributions have been made by Hawaiians, Caucasians from America and elsewhere, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Koreans, Filipinos and Puerto Ricans and more lately, Southeast Asians including Vietnamese, Thai, Laotians and Cambodians.

It is a place where rice is the staple starch, although it was never eaten by the indigenous people; where the classic plate lunch - entree, mac salad, two scoops rice - may be built around anything from fried chicken to kal bi ribs; and where the roots of Hawai'i Regional Cuisine are sunk deep in the rudimentary kitchens of plantation villages and shared lunches taken in the cane and pineapple fields.

KONA WEB - Sunset sneaks up on us here in the tropics. If you plan to enjoy a Kona Sunset with dinner, make your reservations for 1/2 hour before sunset. You can find out when the sun will set each day from the local newspaper or TV newscast.

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Huggo's - Huggo's opened in 1969 as a casual, gathering spot where you could get a good steak, a slab of fresh fish and pile it on at the salad bar. With its waterfront location, it proved to be a favorite haunt for local fisherman who gathered to share a salt tale or two. In the 35 years since, it has earned a reputation as Kona's premiere restaurant for fresh seafood, oceanfront ambiance and casual elegance.

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The Kona Inn Restaurant - The Kona Inn Restaurant situated on the waterfront in the heart of old Kona town, offers one of the most beautiful restaurant settings in the world. The open air environment in our main dining area with unobstructed views of the Kona sunsets offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a romantic dinner accompanied by the wonderful sounds of waves breaking on the Kona shore.

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Hilo Bay Cafe - This small, chic bistro has Hilo very excited. It's operated by the Island Natural Market & Deli folks, and as co-owner Kim Snuggerud rightly says, it's difficult to characterize. There's an emphasis on local, organically grown produce; the dishes themselves, created by chef Joshua Ketner, are ramped-up American standards and the decor is very contemporary. Customer favorites include the lox salad, the house-made ravioli, the grilled jumbo pork chop and the slow-cooked pork ribs. Vegetarian-friendly.

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Java on the Rock - Be sure to visit Java on the Rock for a great breakfast and cup of Kona coffee. Java on the Rock is located On Alii Drive across from Hard Rock Café in Kailua-Kona, next to Huggos on the ocean Open Daily 6:00 am ~ 11:00 am.

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