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Food Lover's Guide to the Big Island of Hawaii

Food Lover's Guide to the Big Island of Hawaii

With a rich native food culture and influences from Asia and the mainland, Hawaii provides foodies with a myriad of options and experiences. A visit isn’t complete without fresh fish served on a dinner cruise or slow-cooked pork at a traditional luau. Here are a few culinary highlights you won’t want to miss on a visit to the Big Island.

Must-Try Dishes

Kalua pork is a Hawaiian staple, and while you can try the dish at many restaurants or homes, don’t miss the chance to taste the traditional pit-roasted version at a luau. Alongside the melt-in-your-mouth pork, sample other signature Hawaiian dishes such as lomi lomi salmon and poi. Experience the island’s Japanese influence with fresh poke —raw fish mixed with vegetables and seasonings served over a bed of rice—and sushi made with locally-caught fish. The big island also has a long history of cattle ranching; try the local beef for breakfast in a dish of loco moco, which includes a patty on rice topped with gravy and an egg.

When you are ready for a sweet treat, be sure to try the island’s famous shave ice, mochi, and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. Top it all off with a cup of fresh Kona coffee.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Enjoy an evening of food, dancing, and entertainment at a luau. You’ll have the chance to try traditional dishes made using indigenous cooking methods and learn about the customs and history of this classic Hawaiian feast.
  • Tour a coffee plantation, enjoy samples of freshly roasted Kona coffee, and take home beans to brew later or share with friends.
  • Take in the beauty of the Hawaiian coast while indulging in fresh seafood on a lunch or dinner cruise.
  • Learn how to prepare favorites like poke and mochi in a Hawaiian cooking class.
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
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Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

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Journey back in time — when ancient, powerful Kings ruled the rugged, fertile land of the Hawaiian Islands — on this 3-hour dinner cruise to Kealakekua Bay. Travel 12 miles down the Kona Coast to the Captain Cook monument. Learn the many secrets of the Big Island as a local historian points out more than 50 points of interest along the way.
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm

Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm

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There’s much more to the Big Island of Hawaii than volcanoes, waterfalls and luaus, and on this informative tour of the South Kona region, you’ll learn the sacred history of this shoreline and sample the local honey and famous Kona coffee. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you’ll visit petroglyphs, look for green sea turtles and visit sacred Hawaiian temples. Even better: you'll hear the legends, mythology and lore of ancient Hawaii through today. This tour is capped at 15 people, so you’re ensured a personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours
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Hawaii Small-Group Volcano Experience with Lunch and Restaurant Dinner

Hawaii Small-Group Volcano Experience with Lunch and Restaurant Dinner

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See two of the largest volcanoes in the world and stop at one of the most active on this full-day, small-group excursion. First, drive between the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, stopping for lunch at Mauna Kea State Park. Then watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii. Head to Kilauea National Park to see the beautiful landscapes and enjoy dinner at Kilauea Lodge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 12 hours
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