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Top Choice Coffee in Kailua-Kona

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

For 10 days in early November during the harvest season, the community celebrates Kona coffee pioneers and their renowned beans. Dozens of events include a cupping competition, art shows, live music and hula perform…
Top Choice Art in Kailua-Kona

Kokua Kailua

Local food vendors, artists and craftspeople set up booths along Aliʻi Dr, which closes to vehicular traffic. Free Hawaiian music and hula dancing at Huliheʻe Palace start around 4pm.
Top Choice Hawaii Regional Cuisine in Kailua-Kona


Umeke takes Da Poke Shack's eat-delicious-food-for-dirt-cheap-on-picnic-tables concept to the next level of Hawaiian-centric cuisine. Local ingredients such as ahi tuna, spicy crab salad and salted Waimea beef are s…
Vietnamese in Kailua-Kona

Ba-Le Kona

Don’t let the fluorescent-lit dining room and polystyrene plates fool you: Ba-Le serves the sort of Vietnamese that makes you want to pack it all up and move to Hanoi. Flavors are simple, refreshing and bright, from…
Hawaiian in Kailua-Kona

Big Island Grill

The grill serves fresh and flavorful Hawaiian soul food such as plate lunches and loco moco (rice, fried egg and hamburger patty topped with thick gravy). Choose from fried chicken katsu (deep-fried fillets), fried …
Cafe in Kailua-Kona

Island Lava Java

A convivial gathering spot for Sunday brunch or a sunny breakfast (served until 11:30am) with ocean-view dining on the sidewalk patio. This upscale diner is a little too fancy to be a greasy spoon; maybe it's a grea…
Hawaii Regional Cuisine in Kailua-Kona

Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill

Jackie Rey's is a casual, family-owned grill with a delightfully retro-kitsch Hawaii vibe. Haute versions of local grinds include guava-glazed ribs, wasabi-seared ahi and mochiko (rice flour–battered) fish with Molo…
American in Kailua-Kona

Kona Brewing Company

Expect a madhouse crowd at this sprawling, eco-sustainable brewpub, with tiki torch-lit outdoor seating and laidback waitstaff. Everyone's here for the handcrafted 'liquid aloha' made on-site (Pipeline Porter and Ca…
Bar in Kailua-Kona

Huggo's on the Rocks

Huggo’s is as adjacent to the water as you can get in Kailua-Kona (ordinances now prevent other bars from getting this close to the waves). You’ll be drinking under thatch with live music, sunsets and occasionally a…
Historic Building in Kailua-Kona

Huliheʻe Palace

This palace is a fascinating study in the rapid shift the Hawaiian royal family made from Polynesian god-kings to Westernized monarchs. Here’s the skinny: Hawaiʻi’s second governor, ʻJohn Adams’ Kuakini, built a sim…