Shopping for Fresh Food on the Kohala Coast
We're returning to the Big Island in September and will be spending time in both Kapoho and Mauna Lani on the Kohala coast. Some folks collect postcards on vacation, we tend to collect new recipes, so food is a big part of any trip. We'll have a full kitchen in both locations and are looking forward to at least a few great "home-cooked" meals. We'll probably cook more in Kapoho to avoid the evening drive into town, but we'll definitely make it into Pahoa for return visits to Ning's and Paolo's. Since we've been there before, we have a fair notion of where to find great ingredients--and the owners of the vacation rental we're staying at have an organic farm and are happy to provide some of whatever happens to be in season.
Resort-ville on the Kohala coast is more of a mystery. Any recommendations on where to buy fresh fish and produce? We'll be at Mauna Lani Sunday-Thursday, so it looks we'll miss the Saturday markets. (Though we will be sure to visit the Pahoa and/or Hilo markets while we're on the other side of the island.)
I was checking out the recent threads on the Big Island restaurant scene with interest, too. Seems like the recommendations are similar to our last trip--is there any place new that we need to add to the list? We still haven't made it to Merriman's, but will keep that in mind for a lunch. We loved the Hualalai Grill our last trip--had to go back for a second night. We also had a great meal at Pahu i`a. We've dined at the Canoe House twice in the past. Our first visit was amazing--everything was absolutely perfect. The second wasn't as impressive. (Thought I do love the setting.) Since we'll be so close and the recent reviews have been positive, we might give it another go. We probably won't try to make it down to Kona-Keahou for dinner this trip, but I absolutely agree with the raves about Kenichi Pacific--we had to eat there twice the last trip, too. I also recall a sushi place in the Kohala area that had some awesome specials--the name escapes me. A great sushi place is always a welcome find...
Anyway, all advice and recommendations are very welcome!