Hawaiian Travel Guide

Travel Guide ~ Food, Fun, & Adventure on The Big Island of Hawaii

Pololu Valley Lookout & Beach, The Big Island HawaiiI could never get tired of this view of the Pololu Valley Lookout and Beach on The Big Island of Hawaii!

Ahh…Hawaii…The Big Island…How do I love thee?

Let me count the ways…

I had the great fortune to spend a week with my family {Mr. Spicy, our kids, my parents and Mr. Spicy’s parents} on The Big Island of Hawaii in early July. SiSi’s BFF and her parent’s, who are good friends of ours, also happened to be there at the same time, which added to our fun! The Big Island is a land of spectacular contrasts, from the top of Mauna Kea {almost 14, 000 feet} where you can sometimes ski or snowboard in the winter, to the gorgeous white, black, or green sand beaches along the coast. You will also find barren fields of black lava rock on the drier West side of the island, along with lush green valleys and waterfalls along the East coast. Where ever you go on The Big Island, you will find friendly people, delicious cuisine, and loads of adventures to choose from. Please enjoy my Travel Guide to The Big Island of Hawaii. You will find all links at the end of this post. Mahalo!

Shaved Ice at Aloha Deli & Ice Cream in Hawi, HawaiiEating & Drinking

When in Hawaii, Shaved Ice is a must, especially if it has ice cream in the middle!

More Options…

  • Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery ~ The Thai Green Papaya Salad with Fried Tofu at Bamboo in the charming little town of Hawi is a must.
  • Plantation Grill ~ Lovely little restaurant on the Kohala Coast in downtown Kawaihae & close to where we stayed at our house rental in Kohala Ranch. Try the beet salad with macadamia nuts~divine!
  • The Three Fat Pigs Restaurant & Gastropub ~I can’t remember what I ate here, but I remember it was yummy
  • Village Burger ~Local, free-range, grass-fed beef burgers that are super delicious.Eats and Drinks on The Big Island, Hawaii king too, although they were fresh out the day I dined here.
  • Lava Lava Beach Club ~ Really pretty setting right on the beach, and a great place for kids to run around, and explore the tide pools. Gorgeous sunset viewing too!
  • Beach Bars at The Mauna Kea Resort {fabulous Mai Tai’s} and The Fairmont Orchid Hotel {I enjoyed some delicious Thai Grilled Chicken on Lemongrass skewers off of their gluten-free menu here before we had to depart back home.}
  • A special note for anyone following a gluten-free diet: All of the above restaurants have gluten-free options, and many of them have a gluten-free menu. As always, please check with your server about ingredients used and any potential cross contamination issues. Also, in addition to these restaurants, Foodland in Waimea carries many gluten-free products including Rudy’s Gluten-Free Bread, Ancient Harvest Corn Quinoa Pasta, and Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pancake Mix.
Mauna Kea Beach, Big Island, Hawaii // The Spicy RD Sightseeing, The BIg Island Hawaii // The Spicy RD Fruits and Veggies at the Waimea Farmers Market, The Big Island, Hawaii // The Spicy RD Shopping on The Big Island of Hawaii // The Spicy RD

Howzit haole

by koakoi

I think the other listings covered it. But just so you know, the hawaiian people are very very nice and friendly, unless you act stupid or ignorant. Your previous question is a pretty good start in that direction.
As someone of Hawaiian decent, I encourage you to go buy a travel guide on Hawai'i. If nothing else, you will likely be able to learn more and make the most out of your visit. If not, be prepared to be called 'stupid haole' on a consistent basis.

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