Category Archives: Big Island

Hilo Bay Cafe

The best meal we’ve had in Hilo, possibly the best we’ve had on the island. It’s a shame we didn’t discover it much sooner. It’s just slightly too far to walk, so we wouldn’t have gone much anyway, but we would have taken guests there.

It’s not cheap. Dinners for the three of us are consistently in one of three levels: around $20-$25 for all of us, around $50, or around $70-$80. This meal (with drinks and appetizers but no dessert) was about $90.

But the quality of the food was at a level I would expect in NYC or other cosmopolitan area. The dishes were all varied from each other, full of flavor, and each plate had a range of flavors and textures. The interior … Read the rest

Big Island Candies

Big Island Candies makes and sells high-quality chocolate.

It’s located just off of Kekuanaoa st, which takes you from the airport onto Kilauea ave. I’ve passed it many times without realizing it was there. It’s a large facility and they make the chocolates right there so you can watch the candies being made. The image of several white-coated workers dipping cookies into enrobing chocolate is not quite as exciting as the Willy Wonka movie would suggest, but it’s still fun.

A lady by the door hands out samples before people are even completely inside and that sense of sharing and generosity is nice. There are lots of high-quality chocolates and some novelties such as chocolate-covered fortune cookies and even chocolate-covered squid.

The downside when I was … Read the rest

‘Imiloa Astronomy and Hawaiian Cultural Center

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center pleasantly surprised us with the depth of their exhibits and the diversity of their collection, which includes astronomy and Hawaiian culture, as well as the overlap between the two. We watched projected videos of Hawaii, took a ride through space with a robot, played with wooden boat puzzles, learned new Hawaiian words, pushed a lot of buttons, and even enjoyed a 3D movie of the universe. A lot of love went into creating the exhibits and artwork throughout the space, including intricate paper flowers made from recycled paper that you notice first walking in the door. The space was very welcoming and opening for toddlers, and we will definitely plan a trip back to see a show in the planetarium and have … Read the rest