Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Hoʻokena & Around

Hoʻokena Beach Park

This modest, charcoal-colored beach is backed by a steep green hillside. When calm, the bay's waters are good for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling (although the bottom drops off quickly). Coral abounds, as do stron…
Top Choice Historic 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 coffee i…
Top Choice Park in Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

This awesome park is an ancient place of refuge – or puʻuhonua, a sanctuary where kapu (taboo)-breakers could have their lives spared.
Top Choice Burgers in Kainaliu

Annie's Island Fresh Burgers

Sometimes you just need a burger. The sort of burger that makes you sigh and smile and go ‘Damn’ and feel slightly uncomfortably full afterwards. Enter Annie’s, which uses local veggies and grass-fed Big Island beef…
Top Choice Beach in South Kona Coast

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

Hapuna Beach is world famous for its magnificent half-mile sweep of white powder sand and fabulously clear waters. In summer, waves are calm and allow good swimming, snorkeling and diving, although the fish populati…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Honaunau

Super J's

The full title of this place is ʻKaʻaloa's Super J's Hawaiian Food,' but everyone calls it Super J's. They also call it freakin' delicious. The laulau (pork, chicken or fish wrapped inside taro or ti leaves) is stea…
Top Choice Beach in Miloliʻi

Honomalino Beach

Instead of feeling like an unwanted guest at Miloliʻi Beach Park, head to Honomalino Bay, less than a mile's walk south. With sand the color of all Big Island beaches crushed into one – green, gold, tawny and black …
Health Food in Honaunau

Bong Brothers & Sistahs

Food is politics at this small organic health-food store, vegetarian take-out deli and coffee shop inside a historic 1929 building.
Cafe 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 foo…
Bistro in Kealakekua

Keʻei Café

If you’re craving some fine dining while in South Kona, it’s hard to do better than Keʻei Cafe, which has carved a name for itself as an excellent outpost of haute Hawaiian cuisine. Cracking peanut miso salad sets t…