Big Island Recommendations

Here are some of our favorite things on the Big Island.  In addition to this small sample, we have many more detailed recommendations to share with our guests of Casa Kona:  things to do, local sights to see, favorite restaurant recommendations and menus, and day trips from your Casa Kona base.  Some of our recommendations are things that most tourists would never discover on their own, but we want you to experience the very best of all the Big Island has to offer!

Favorite Beaches

Makalawena--the most beautiful beach on the Kona Coast; you have to hike across a lava field to get there, but it's worth it when you do!

 

Makalawena Kona Coast beach
Makalawena Kona Coast beach
Makalawena Kona Coast beach
Makalawena Kona Coast beach
Makalawena Kona Coast beach

Kehena Black Sand Beach--beautiful and rare black sand beach on the Puna Coast.

Kehena black sand beach Puna
Saddle Road - the new shortcut to Hilo and Puna.
Saddle Road Big Island Hawaii
Puna sights
Puna Pahoa Big Island
Kehena Puna Hawaii rainbow
Kehena Puna Pahoa Hawaii
Big Island Waterfalls
Big Island waterfall Hilo
Akaka Falls Hilo Big Island Hawaii
Kilauea volcano
Kilauea volcano lava flow Hawaii Big Island
New Black Sand Beach at Pohoiki
Pohoiki Black Sand Beach.jpg
St Benedict's Painted Church
St. Benedict painted church hawaii
St. Benedict painted church hawaii
St. Benedict painted church hawaii
Puuhonua O Honaunau is the most famous and best preserved of Hawaii’s ancient places of refuge
Puuhonua O Hanaunau place of refuge
Puuhonua O Hanaunau place of refuge
Pololu Valley Lookout
Pololu Valley Lookout Hawaii
Best Local-Style Food

Big Island Grill--be sure to try kalua pig & cabbage with steamed rice and potato-mac salad.  And save room for the mudd pie for dessert; it's more than big enough to share.  Delicious and very reasonably priced!

Big Island Grill Hawaii kalua pig potato-mac salad local food
Big Island Grill Hawaii Mudd Pie local food
Macadamia Nut Danish from KTA Super Store (the ones in Hilo are the best).
macadamia nut danish KTA superstore Hilo Hawaii
Best Fish & Chips

Quinn's Almost by the Sea uses fresh Ono for their fish & chips; the calamari & chips is also excellent.  Great restaurant!

Quinn's Almost by the Sea fish & chips big island hawaii
Best Mai Tai

Royal Kona Resort sunset happy hour for half price mai tais and appetizers!

mai tai royal kona resort Don the Beachcomber bar
Hawaii sunset big island