Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Captain Cook

Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Many coffee-farm tours are perfunctory 15-minute affairs. This tour, run by the Kona Historical Society, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, is different and deep. More than just an exploration of how...

Top ChoiceCafe in Captain Cook

Coffee Shack

Perched precariously next to the highway, the Shack is famous for insane views of Kealakekua Bay from its open-air deck. We can say, with no hyperbole, you may never have a cup of coffee with a better vista. The...

Japanese in Captain Cook

Manago Restaurant

The bingo-parlor dining room of the Manago is an iconic Big Island experience. It feels like an early-20th-century diner, but one made for South Kona's ethnic blend: a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese,...

Market in Captain Cook

Pure Kona Green Market

The Green Market is, in many ways, a gossip center, town hall and temporary village green for the eclectic community of South Kona. That said, it's also a place to buy fresh fruit, organic island-grown produce,...

Pizza in Captain Cook

Patz Pies

Thin crust and zesty sauce makes us happy travelers. Claims to authentic NYC pizza are only slightly exaggerated at this native NYer's kitchen, just south of the Manago Hotel.

Farm in Captain Cook

Big Island Bees

At this roadside gift shop and tiny historical museum, genial staff will let you in on all the secrets of beekeeping, then give you a peek inside a living apiary and teach you how their award-winning,...

Supermarket in Captain Cook


South Kona's largest grocery store lets you stock up on beach picnic supplies. Also has a very good beer, wine and liquor selection.