Big Island

Discovering Hilo’s gravy burger

If you’re From the Big Island (FBI), you’re either reading this in disgust because I’m so late to the party, or getting a hankering for one of your favorite meals (or snacks, depending on how much you eat). Yes, I…

Did this: Roast & Roots 2014

About a thousand people turned out for the inaugural “Roast & Roots” on the Big Island this weekend, an event showcasing local farmers, local products and local chefs. The Hawaii Coffee Association, Kamehameha Schools and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture collaborated on…

Who’s up for a staycation?

Want a relaxing getaway this summer? We’ve compiled a staycation guide listing many Hawaii hotels with kama’aina rates. Whether you’re looking for a weekend trip to Waikiki or want to hop on a plane to another island for a golf…

Did this: The Ka’u Coffee Festival

Breakfast of champions in Ka’u: Rusty’s Hawaiian coffee and a box of Punalu’u malasadas.Although it’s been around for six years, this past weekend was my first time at the Ka’u Coffee Festival on the Big Island. They had hired my company…

APEC extra: Hawaii island reception

The Hawaii Island Economic Development Board and the Big Island Visitors Bureau held an exclusive reception at the Elk’s Club last night to share a bit of their island’s offerings with hundreds of media, dignitaries, and community leaders — especially…

Day Tripping: Big Island

People always ask me, “What’s your favorite island to visit?”It’s a tough call — and it always depends.If I’m looking for a relaxing weekend of doing nothing, I’d opt for Kauai. If I want to eat — and I mean eat —…

FUUD: Pahu i’a at Hualalai

The other week we were on the Big Island visiting family — and decided to stop off at a resort I had only heard about.Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu is not exactly in my price range. Standard rooms…

Kona: Last day of eating

It was inevitable.My midweek jaunt to Kona was coming to an end.That meant is was back to work — not that I left that behind in Honolulu — household chores, morning traffic, crowded surf breaks, fast food and parking wars at…

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…

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…