Dine like a local on the Big Island


The Big Island of Hawaii has numerous of restaurants that provide an upscale experience. Once in a while, you want to just come in your slippas’ and dine where the locals hang. A little more relaxed, a bit more local flavor and no shortage of interesting personalities.

Umekes Fishmarket Bar & Grill is reputed to be the place where Poke’ Nachos were born. Started by a local fisherman & chef, the fish is caught, processed and then served in a situation that is about as fresh as you can get. Counter and table seating. Expect no frills, just excellent island food revolving around fish while you are seated between regulars. First timers should try the beef or poke bowls.

Bongo Ben’s gives that great view of the bay in Kona town and cranks out some pretty good omelets and pancakes while you are taking in the waves. Two favorites are the Bongo Benedict and the Banana Nut Pancakes, just two of the items on the…

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