Great Debate: pork chops at Manago Hotel

The other day I listened to two Honolulu foodies argue about the pork chops at the Manago Hotel.

One preferred them with gravy; the other declared that practically blasphemy.

So I decided to try it for myself.

Yesterday, en route to Honaunau, we stopped at the historic hotel in Captain Cook to try the famous pork chops and see what’s better — with or without gravy.

Here’s what the entire experience looked like:

Manago Hotel

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Open in 1917 by Kinzo and Osame Manago, the Manago Hotel is a landmark — a fixture — in Kona. It’s located in Captain Cook on the slopes of Mauna Loa at an elevation of 1,400 feet.