Posts tagged "Big Island"
Mac Nuts and Ice Cream on the Big Island, Hawaii

Mac Nuts and Ice Cream on the Big Island, Hawaii

Back in the 70’s, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co. owner Richard decided Hawaiian Macadamia nuts needed to continue to grow on the island and limit the importation of nuts. His business, Hamakua Mac Nut Farm, processes and sells 100% Hawaiian nuts. The visitor center is full of flavored nuts, popcorn, chocolate and coffee-all nutty and packaged...
Big Island Poke Contest Preserves Hawaiian Culture

Big Island Poke Contest Preserves Hawaiian Culture

Poke, Hawaiians will tell you, is pronounced Po-kay, ending with an “e” and not pronounced as if its spelled poki.  With that in mind, I was ready for the annual poke competition in Waikoloa, Big Island, and an event of the Hawai’i Island Festival.  First I had to make my way past a royal guardsman...
South Point on the Big Island

South Point on the Big Island

If you want to get into a lively discussion with a fellow traveler, ask where the southernmost part of the USA is located.  Many areas claim this special recognition, but at 19 degrees latitude, South Point beach on the Big Island takes the pineapple.  Known as Ka Lae, it’s a National Historic Landmark District commerates...
Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Hawaii the state of scenic sunsets, gorgeous beaches, and chocolate?  Yes, the “food of the Gods” is grown on the Big Island near the fertile lands where coffee and avocados abundantly grow. A bit south of Kona, in a lush tropical setting with sweeping views of the ocean, sits the gardens of the Original Hawaiian...
Southernmost part of the USA is pretty and delicious

Southernmost part of the USA is pretty and delicious

On the way to the “Southernmost” part of the USA (19 degrees latitude) is South Point beach with a scenic look out and informational plaques about the beginning settlers of this strategic area on the Big lsland. Portuguese sugar workers made their native sweetbread back in the day and it’s still so popular, Nearby, Punalu’u...
Chocolate grown in Hawaii!

Chocolate grown in Hawaii!

Chocolate, grown and made in Hawaii and off to Kona we went to explore the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory.  Over 1400 cacao trees bear vibrant pods and are harvested every 2 weeks. Through a detailed process, and much done by hand, the beans are dried in the sun to develop flavors. After tempering, chocolate is...
Big eats on the Big Island

Big eats on the Big Island

Hawaiian Style Café in Waimea dishes up large plates of Hawaiian food while the regulars order their favorite meals sitting at the counter. It’s been written about in nearly every travel magazine and is an off the beaten tracks experience. Keoki and Ron do serious cooking in the small kitchen and homey food is the...
Big Island, Italian Style

Big Island, Italian Style

Move over poi and luau pig. On the Island of Hawaii, Pueo’s Osteria is on the radar more than the spouting volcano.  Neatly tucked away in an older Hawaiian style courtyard, the villa-like surroundings, with soft yellows and a muted green stone wall, feels right out of Tuscany.  It’s quite an authentic Italian atmosphere and...
Big Island Italian Style

Big Island Italian Style

Move over poi and luau pig on the Island of Hawaii, Pueo’s Osteria Italian restaurant is on the radar more than the spouting volcano. Neatly tucked away in an older Hawaiian style courtyard, the eatery evokes the feeling of being in Tuscany. Reminiscent of a villa, with soft yellows, muted green stone wall and an...

Dining in Hawaii: More Than Poi on the Big Island

Casual island vibes are in the air as eateries bring variety to the Hawaii restaurant scene with distinct and tempting food. By MLiss A Hinshaw Kohala Burger and Taco Food in Hawaii has come a long way and is more diverse than heaping plates of loco moco and cups of pineapple whip. Of course, tourists want...