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Nathaniel's Guidebook

Nathaniel

Nathaniel's Guidebook

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Island Lava Java is an excellent choice for waterfront dining and coffee. Their happy hour consists of drink specials and pupu (appetizers) specials! Their lilikoi (passion fruit) cocktails are especially tasty!
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Island Lava Java
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Island Lava Java is an excellent choice for waterfront dining and coffee. Their happy hour consists of drink specials and pupu (appetizers) specials! Their lilikoi (passion fruit) cocktails are especially tasty!
Huggo's On The Rocks is an outdoor bar and grill with sandy floors and live musics. There is always entertainment and great food here! Their burgers, Bim Bim Bap and fish dishes are amazing!
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On the Rocks
75-5824 Kahakai Road
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Huggo's On The Rocks is an outdoor bar and grill with sandy floors and live musics. There is always entertainment and great food here! Their burgers, Bim Bim Bap and fish dishes are amazing!
This is a must do for any beer lover or pizza lover! They make all of their pizza from scratch using products from the brewing process. With "slice of the day" specials, great happy hour deals and brews you can't find anywhere else, this is a true Kona treasure!
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Kona Brewing Co.
74-5612 Pawai Place
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This is a must do for any beer lover or pizza lover! They make all of their pizza from scratch using products from the brewing process. With "slice of the day" specials, great happy hour deals and brews you can't find anywhere else, this is a true Kona treasure!
El Maguey is the place to go for authentic Mexican food!
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El Maguey
74-5563 Kaiwi St
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El Maguey is the place to go for authentic Mexican food!
Grab the large sampler platter and enjoy all the favorites with your group!
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Umekes Fish Market Bar & Grill
74-5563 Kaiwi St
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Grab the large sampler platter and enjoy all the favorites with your group!
The Firecracker Wings and Fish and Chips are my favorite dishes at this 2nd floor foodie spot!
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Foster's Kitchen
75-5805 Ali'i Dr
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The Firecracker Wings and Fish and Chips are my favorite dishes at this 2nd floor foodie spot!
A local favorite for Hawaiian Saimin and fresh fried seafood dishes. A great place to catch a game!
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Quinn's Almost by the Sea
75-5655 Palani Road
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A local favorite for Hawaiian Saimin and fresh fried seafood dishes. A great place to catch a game!
Don't be fooled by the modest appearance! This dive has some of the tastiest breakfast grinds at the best prices on island! The Spam, Egg, Cheese, Mayo and Jelly on Sourdough is a MUST HAVE!
Big Rob's Bakery And Cafe
82-6127 Mamalahoa Hwy
Don't be fooled by the modest appearance! This dive has some of the tastiest breakfast grinds at the best prices on island! The Spam, Egg, Cheese, Mayo and Jelly on Sourdough is a MUST HAVE!
This is your must do spot for local grindz (food)! With a local style menu, you can find any of your favorites here and they will be delicious! Teriyaki Steak and the build your own Loco Moco are amazing!
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Big Island Grill
75-5702 Kuakini Hwy
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This is your must do spot for local grindz (food)! With a local style menu, you can find any of your favorites here and they will be delicious! Teriyaki Steak and the build your own Loco Moco are amazing!
Massive meals with the flavor to match! Try the ox tail!
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TK Noodle House Kona
75 Hanama Place
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Massive meals with the flavor to match! Try the ox tail!
Perfect spot for a quick lunch of some legit Japanese Ramen and Curry!
Daiichi Ramen - Kailua
25 Kaneohe Bay Dr
Perfect spot for a quick lunch of some legit Japanese Ramen and Curry!
The best burger on the island! Great views and even better grindz! They use only Big Island Beef!
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Annie's Island Fresh Burgers
79-7460 Mamalahoa Highway
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The best burger on the island! Great views and even better grindz! They use only Big Island Beef!
Holy Donuts is right!! The most decedent flavors and sweet treats in Kona!
Holy Donuts
75-5729 Ali'i Dr
Holy Donuts is right!! The most decedent flavors and sweet treats in Kona!
Jackie Rey's is a fantastic spot for some foodie dishes served up with spotless presentation. Their mashed purple sweet potatoes are my favorite. They also have a great happy hour!
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Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill Kona
75-5995 Kuakini Highway
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Jackie Rey's is a fantastic spot for some foodie dishes served up with spotless presentation. Their mashed purple sweet potatoes are my favorite. They also have a great happy hour!
I am a regular at Kona Coffee and Tea for my morning Kona Coffee with coconut flavor and coconut milk. Their papaya half with coconut chia pudding is a great start to the day. Can you tell I like coconut?
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Kona Coffee & Tea
74-5588 Palani Road
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I am a regular at Kona Coffee and Tea for my morning Kona Coffee with coconut flavor and coconut milk. Their papaya half with coconut chia pudding is a great start to the day. Can you tell I like coconut?
Like football? This is a great spot to start your day with a mimosa or bloody mary while catching your favorite team on one of the many t.v.s! The view of the bay is an excellent backdrop to the games!
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Humpy's Big Island Alehouse
75-5815 Ali'i Drive
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Like football? This is a great spot to start your day with a mimosa or bloody mary while catching your favorite team on one of the many t.v.s! The view of the bay is an excellent backdrop to the games!
Looking for a hearty start to the day? Their bloody mary paired with a grilled catch of the day breakfast will hit the spot!
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Bongo Ben's
75-5819 Alii Drive
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Looking for a hearty start to the day? Their bloody mary paired with a grilled catch of the day breakfast will hit the spot!
A classic spot for happy hour and some fine dining! Their Mai Tai's will get you nice and relaxed!
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Kona Inn Restaurant
75-5744 Alii Dr
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A classic spot for happy hour and some fine dining! Their Mai Tai's will get you nice and relaxed!
I love Thai food and this is my spot for the best curries and fresh rolls! Thai Spicy will light you up, beware!
Krua Thai Restaurant
3283 Southeast Federal Highway
I love Thai food and this is my spot for the best curries and fresh rolls! Thai Spicy will light you up, beware!
Is it Tuesday? Do you like tacos? This is the spot for you! I go here for their great taco and margarita specials every Tuesday!
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Oceans Sports Bar & Grill
75-5811 Alii Drive
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Is it Tuesday? Do you like tacos? This is the spot for you! I go here for their great taco and margarita specials every Tuesday!
The essential Mai Tai bar in the world! Don's is credited for inventing the Mai Tai and you cannot go wrong with any of the choices. They are all strong enough to make a sailor think twice! Did I mention the views?!
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Don the Beachcomber
75-5852 Alii Drive
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The essential Mai Tai bar in the world! Don's is credited for inventing the Mai Tai and you cannot go wrong with any of the choices. They are all strong enough to make a sailor think twice! Did I mention the views?!
Great views for sunset and happy hour!
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Sam Choy's Kai Lanai
78-6831 Alii Drive
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Great views for sunset and happy hour!
Awesome sushi and Japanese cuisine with half off during happy hour! If you are craving sushi, happy hour on the way back from your adventures will hit the spot!
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Kenichi Pacific
78-6831 Alii Drive
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Awesome sushi and Japanese cuisine with half off during happy hour! If you are craving sushi, happy hour on the way back from your adventures will hit the spot!
WOW! The views are unbeatable for your breakfast and coffee (unless your eating breakfast on our balcony)! There is limited parking and they are always packed so be ready for a wait but its worth it!
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The Coffee Shack
83-5799 Mamalahoa Highway
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WOW! The views are unbeatable for your breakfast and coffee (unless your eating breakfast on our balcony)! There is limited parking and they are always packed so be ready for a wait but its worth it!
Groceries and Goods
Yes, even we have Walmart!
This local chain has the best and freshest poke as well as local goods and food products.
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Sack N Save Kona
75-5595 Palani Road
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This local chain has the best and freshest poke as well as local goods and food products.
Safeway is a large grocery chain where you will find everything you need to cook a great meal during your stay or stock up on snacks, beer/wine, and supplies for your hikes and adventures!
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Safeway
75-1027 Henry Street
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Safeway is a large grocery chain where you will find everything you need to cook a great meal during your stay or stock up on snacks, beer/wine, and supplies for your hikes and adventures!
You will find many ABC stores scattered throughout the islands. They will offer you a variety of Hawaiian goods. Consider this a Hawaiian bodega!
ABC STORES
You will find many ABC stores scattered throughout the islands. They will offer you a variety of Hawaiian goods. Consider this a Hawaiian bodega!
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Walmart
75-1015 Henry Street
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If you have a membership, this is a great spot to stock the AirBnb for your stay!
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Costco Wholesale
73-5600 Maiau Street
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If you have a membership, this is a great spot to stock the AirBnb for your stay!
Kona's organic market and deli for all boutique shopping needs! This is our version of Whole Foods!
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Island Naturals Market & Deli Kailua-Kona
74-5487 Kaiwi Street
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Kona's organic market and deli for all boutique shopping needs! This is our version of Whole Foods!
This small shop has a large variety of wines, liquors and cigars. A one stop shop for some of your favorites!
Kona Wine Market
74-5450 Makala Blvd
This small shop has a large variety of wines, liquors and cigars. A one stop shop for some of your favorites!
Kona Butcher shop is the best spot to pick up dry aged meats, boutique sausages and freshly butchered cuts! I cannot stop shopping here!
Kona Butcher Shop
Kona Butcher shop is the best spot to pick up dry aged meats, boutique sausages and freshly butchered cuts! I cannot stop shopping here!
Nightlife and Entertainment
KBXtreme is a bowling alley and amusement center that also has a diner inside. A great indoor activity and they even have a full bar!
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KBXtreme Family Entertainment Center
75-5591 Palani Road
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KBXtreme is a bowling alley and amusement center that also has a diner inside. A great indoor activity and they even have a full bar!
Great open air bar with limited seating. They show every UFC Fight for free with no cover. Come early as it does fill up fast!
Dolphin Spit Saloon
75-5629 Kuakini Hwy
Great open air bar with limited seating. They show every UFC Fight for free with no cover. Come early as it does fill up fast!
From karaoke to live bands to DJs to dance parties, something is always going on here on the weekends! This is where the younger crowd goes to let loose!
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Laverne's Sports Bar
75-5819 Ali'i Dr
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From karaoke to live bands to DJs to dance parties, something is always going on here on the weekends! This is where the younger crowd goes to let loose!
Nightly live jazz and music makes this spot a must do! Upstairs and by the water, it's a great place to unwind from your adventures!
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Gertrude's Jazz Bar
75-5699 Alii Dr
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Nightly live jazz and music makes this spot a must do! Upstairs and by the water, it's a great place to unwind from your adventures!
LGBTQ cocktail bar mixing up great classic drinks and martinis! Karaoke and trivia is a bonus!
Mask-Querade Bar
75-5660 Kopiko St
LGBTQ cocktail bar mixing up great classic drinks and martinis! Karaoke and trivia is a bonus!
Movie theater playing all the latest releases!
Regal Makalapua
74-5469 Kamakaeha Avenue
Movie theater playing all the latest releases!
Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries
The islands newest brewery offering beers crafted from local products. Their ciders are excellent and sometimes they have a craft cocktail bar open!
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Ola Brew Co
74-5598 Luhia St
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The islands newest brewery offering beers crafted from local products. Their ciders are excellent and sometimes they have a craft cocktail bar open!
You cannot miss this spot if you are a craft beer fan!
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Kona Brewing Co.
74-5612 Pawai Place
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You cannot miss this spot if you are a craft beer fan!
About an hour's drive away in the Paniolo town of Waimea is Big Island Brewhaus. Their craft beers are rarely available on the mainland and win many awards so enjoy! They also serve some fantastic grindz!
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Big Island Brewhaus
64-1066 Mamalahoa Hwy
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About an hour's drive away in the Paniolo town of Waimea is Big Island Brewhaus. Their craft beers are rarely available on the mainland and win many awards so enjoy! They also serve some fantastic grindz!
The southern most winery in the United States also sits on the side of a volcano! They offer a variety of wines made from area-sourced ingredients. A must do when you are in Volcano!
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Volcano Winery
35 Piimauna Drive
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The southern most winery in the United States also sits on the side of a volcano! They offer a variety of wines made from area-sourced ingredients. A must do when you are in Volcano!
Mehana Brewing Company AKA Hilo Brewing Company is the only brewery in Hilo on the East side of the island. Their beers are available at most stores on island and their brewery features a small tasting room. A worthy stop if you are in Hilo!
Hilo Brewing Company
275 E Kawili St
Mehana Brewing Company AKA Hilo Brewing Company is the only brewery in Hilo on the East side of the island. Their beers are available at most stores on island and their brewery features a small tasting room. A worthy stop if you are in Hilo!
Kona Coffee Farms
Greenwell Farms is my absolute favorite Kona Coffee Farm on the island. They have amazing coffee for purchase and offer free tours of their farm and roasting process. They offer free tastings and if you bring your own coffee cup, you can fill it for free! Yes!! Their farm is also home to many Jackson Chameleons. Try to spot them in their fruit trees!
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Greenwell Farms Inc
81-6581 Mamalahoa Highway
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Greenwell Farms is my absolute favorite Kona Coffee Farm on the island. They have amazing coffee for purchase and offer free tours of their farm and roasting process. They offer free tastings and if you bring your own coffee cup, you can fill it for free! Yes!! Their farm is also home to many Jackson Chameleons. Try to spot them in their fruit trees!
Kona Joe Coffee offers free tours and samples with amazing views!
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Kona Joe Coffee LLC
79-7346 Mamalahoa Hwy
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Kona Joe Coffee offers free tours and samples with amazing views!
This unique farm and shop is actually the owners house. For an intimate coffee encounter, this is it!
Dragon's Lair Estate Kona Coffee Farm
84-4987 Mamalahoa Highway
This unique farm and shop is actually the owners house. For an intimate coffee encounter, this is it!
Though not technically a Kona Coffee Farm, this is a cool spot to visit in Pahala. Ka'u Coffee is delicious and rich as well!
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Kaʻū Coffee Mill
96-2694 Wood Valley Road
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Though not technically a Kona Coffee Farm, this is a cool spot to visit in Pahala. Ka'u Coffee is delicious and rich as well!
Local Made Specialties
Local honey producer with fresh honey, infused honey and art all made by Big Island Bees! Pick some up to sweeten your Kona Coffee!
Big Island Bees
82-1140 Meli Road
Local honey producer with fresh honey, infused honey and art all made by Big Island Bees! Pick some up to sweeten your Kona Coffee!
The country's Southern most bakery! Punalu'u makes amazing shortbreads, malasadas, Hawaiian Sweetbread, cookies and more! This is a perfect stop on your way to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
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Punalu'u Bake Shop
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The country's Southern most bakery! Punalu'u makes amazing shortbreads, malasadas, Hawaiian Sweetbread, cookies and more! This is a perfect stop on your way to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
A Big Island original classic! Milk chocolate covered Hawaiian macadamia nuts with quirky variations and names! Wouldn't your friends at home like some Hawaiian Donkey Balls?
Donkeys Balls Chocolate Factory
79-7411 Mamalahoa Hwy
A Big Island original classic! Milk chocolate covered Hawaiian macadamia nuts with quirky variations and names! Wouldn't your friends at home like some Hawaiian Donkey Balls?
Delicious hand-crafted chocolates from from Hawaiian grown cacao and cacao beans from around the world, white pineapple, turmeric, farm tours, and chocolate tastings.
Honoka'a Chocolate Co at Kahi Ola Mau Farm
45-3584 Old Mamalahoa Highway
Delicious hand-crafted chocolates from from Hawaiian grown cacao and cacao beans from around the world, white pineapple, turmeric, farm tours, and chocolate tastings.
Unique Places
Shaka Restaurant is the Southernmost Bar in the United States! Watch football, have some drinks and brag about your Southern location!
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South Side Shaka Restaurant & Bar
95-5673 Mamalahoa Highway
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Shaka Restaurant is the Southernmost Bar in the United States! Watch football, have some drinks and brag about your Southern location!
Big Island Abalone is a delicacy known around the world! You can find their products in restaurants all across the islands or visit the farm and take some to cook at home!
Big Island Abalone Corporation
73-357 Makako Bay Drive
Big Island Abalone is a delicacy known around the world! You can find their products in restaurants all across the islands or visit the farm and take some to cook at home!
Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm is the only seahorse farm in the world dedicated to preserving the species. Take a tour and hold a seahorse!
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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
73-4388 Ilikai Place
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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm is the only seahorse farm in the world dedicated to preserving the species. Take a tour and hold a seahorse!