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Good Food Near Mauna Lani and Hapuna Beach on Big Island?

kauai2b Nov 28, 2011 02:01 AM

Staying at Mauna Lani and have a rental car.

Willing to drive up to 30 minutes
Looking for all types of budget meals no more than $50 per person for a special occasion meal and don't mind getting carryout food either if it's good and would make a nice beach pic-nic

Types of cuisines interested in: Local, seafood, asian, sushi, filipino food (for the moms)

Which days of the week you're interested in Saturday -Saturday stay.
We are traveling with kids 1 1/2 and 3 year old and have an elderly parent with some mobility issues so alot of stairs would be bad.

Our last trip 4 years ago we ate at Meriman's and loved the chocolate bag dessert there. We also enjoyed O's Bistro and Roy's when we are in the main land. My mother in law liked the filipino food in the bowling alley on the big island.

We've really enjoyed the following food on the other islands Alan Wongs, The Pineapple Room, Fish Express on Kauai and the Shrimp Shack on Kauai. We also loved A pacific cafe on Kauai when it was open but not sure if there are comparable eats on the Big Island.

Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

Fish Express
3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766

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    sunflow Dec 8, 2011 10:51 PM

    I always recommend Merriman's, but it is not as enjoyable with young children. When I have my kids in tow, I head to the Four Seasons at Hualalai. The Beach Tree offers seating with no reservations near the bar. They have a deck right on the ocean with couches and tables - plus it is next to an open, grassy area - great place for the kids to run while the grownups have a drink. Always music. You don't have to order a full meal - they have pupus too.

    If you happen to be near Waimea for lunch or dinner - try Pau. They offer great gourmet pizza, but also have amazing, fresh salads, fresh grilled fish, etc. A local favorite.

    Farmer's markets are always fun, but are on Saturday mornings, so it depends on your travel schedule. So many food vendors - much more than just produce! This is where the locals eat on Saturday!

    Finally, keep an eye out for the Huli Huli Chicken guy - he will set up his grill near Kawaihae - succulent slow roasted chicken - the best take out you can get in the area. He is in Waimea on Saturdays too.


    1. susancinsf Dec 9, 2011 07:27 PM

      I loved Monstera in the Waikaloa shops. Here is my report:


      I spent more than your upper limit, but you can definitely dine for a lot less than I did. There were families. It is on the second floor, but there is an elevator, so no real accessibility problems.

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