The Big Island of Hawai`i Dining Options

Thanks to innovative chefs and delicious homegrown ingredients, the island of Hawaii is fast becoming a hot spot for foodies.

Fresh and local produce is at your fingertips throughout the region, whether you’re splurging on an elegant beachside dinner, feasting on kalua pig and poi at a luau or grabbing a quick al fresco lunch of grilled shrimp and slaw from a food truck.

In many locales, all around the island, you’ll find creative eateries taking full advantage of the island's cattle ranches, fresh seafood and hearty vegetables grown in the island’s rich, volcanic soil.

From traditional Hawaiian cuisine to refined New American fare and a variety of Asian cuisines, the choices are as vast as the landscape.

Choose your island location below.





There is no shortage of variety among Hilton Waikoloa Village's on-site dining options. Guests can choose from Mexican, Chinese, Italian and other cuisines for meals, and many restaurants feature locally sourced ingredients. We've compiled a list of those, as well as other options nearby, to provide you with a wide range of gastronomic opportunities.

Travel time 5 minutes or less.

View Waikoloa Restaurants
Mauna Lani

Mauna Lani

Mauna Lani is an idyllic tropical oceanfront resort on the sunny Kohala Coast.

Enjoy open-air garden-like venues, oceanside dining, and contemporary Hawaiian cuisines.

Travel time 15 minutes.

Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea

The Mauna Kea Resort on Hawaii's famed Kohala Coast, and fronts the natural white sand beach of Kaunaoa Bay.

Travel time 20 minutes.

View Mauna Kea Restaurants

Kawaihae (Harbor)

Kawaihae is a port community on the west side of the island of Hawaiʻi.

Outside of the man-made breakwall of the harbor is a popular surf spot, the Pua Kailima o Kawaihae Cultural Surf Park.

The small town of Kawaihae features a handful of restaurants and art galleries.

Travel time 45 minutes.



Waimea (also called Kamuela), which is unlike any other place on the island of Hawaii. Known as paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country this historic area full of rolling, green pastures is still home to cattle, cowboys, and ranches. 

But there is more to Waimea than just paniolo. This area is now home to a thriving community filled with delicious food and local culture. At Merriman’s Restaurant, owner Peter Merriman is a three-time finalist in the prestigious James Beard Awards for Best Chef and one of the founding members of Hawaii Regional Cuisine.

Travel time 45 minutes. 



Hualālai's delectable dining options cater to serious foodies and casual diners alike, featuring innovative cuisine, signature drinks and interactive culinary experiences served up with a large dose of Hualālai hospitality.

Revitalize your senses with fresh island flavors, from the daily catch straight from Hawaiʻi waters to produce from the fields of Waimea.

Travel time 20-25 minutes.



The west coast of Hawaii is known as the “Kona Side” and Kailua-Kona is the lively center of it all. This historic seaside town sits in the middle of the Kona coast.

Not too long ago Kona was a sleepy fishing village. Now, it has transformed into a lively town and is the activity capital of the Big Island: it is the city on the Big Island that is best equipped for tourism! There are many shops and farmers markets selling locally produced items and there is a wide offering of restaurants.

Travel time 45-50 minutes. Shuttles will be provided.

View Kailua-Kona Restaurants