Big Island Roundup
New options, old favorites and a lot of rental-car miles in between.
By John Heckathorn
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Photo by Olivier KoningNeil Murphy’s food at Merriman’s is simple, direct, full of Big Island flavors, like these roasted Hamakua maitake mushrooms with Parmesan.
OK, except for two things. First, the inevitable confusion between the name of the island and the name of the state. Second, everyone who lives here still calls it the Big Island, especially people who live on the Island of Hawaii.
So, if you will excuse my sloppy nomenclature, my problem with the Big Island is that I seldom spend enough time there.
Recently, however, I got a chance to stay long enough to put some serious miles on a rental car, from Kona to Hilo to Volcano to Waimea. My travels took me far from the Kohala Coast resort zone and its high-end eateries. Instead, I found a number of smaller, less expensive restaurants, some new to me and perhaps to you.