Kona: Northbound

One of the must-trys on my list of things to do in Kona was, literally, “Eat malassadas at Tex Drive In.”

I had never been. And being such a malassada connoisseur — OK, not really, but I do love to eat them — I figured I had to try this popular Big Island version.

Lucky for us, the restaurant opened a location in Kopiko Plaza in Kailua-Kona in January. That meant we didn’t have to drive out to Honokaa — about an hour drive from downtown Kona — to its original location, opened in 1969.

But we did anyway.

And not just because I was desperate to try Tex’s fried dough. I wanted to see all the sights along the way: views of the ocean from Hualalai, Waimea Town, Anna Ranch, Waipio Valley, Hapuna Beach.

So we hit the road early, hoping to reach Tex’s by lunch. Or at least before it closed.

Here’s what today’s adventure looked like:

Mauna Kea

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Driving along Mamalahoa Highway toward Waimea through rolling hills and ranch lands. We stopped to snap a photo of Mauna Kea in the distance.

Dining at Tex Drive In