Merriman’s Big Island at Waimea
Merriman’s Big Island at Waimea – the flagship restaurant of Peter Merriman, one of the original chefs to pioneer the Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine farm-to-table concept – is a must for dedicated foodies.
Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill
Fellow Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine founder, Japanese-American chef Roy Yamaguchi, also serves island-inspired, internationally influenced cuisine at his restaurant overlooking the Kings’ Course fairway and lake at the Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa, called Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill
Just outside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in Volcano Village, the character-filled restaurant at Kīlauea Lodge is another that celebrates local purveyors, even listing the farms its ingredients come from at the top of its menu.
Island Lava Java
Housed in a plantation-style building at Coconut Grove Marketplace in Kona, the colourful Island Lava Java is a great place to go for breakfast, serving freshly baked cinnamon rolls, pull-aparts and Kona Coffee, with views over Kailua Bay.
Sweet Cane Café
Also at Hilo, Sweet Cane Café uses mostly organic ingredients largely sourced from the owners’ family farm. Think cane juice, cane slushies, cane juice-based smoothies, vegan and gluten-free baked goods, kale chips, sandwiches, salads and soups.
In a restored historic building at Hilo, Café Pesto is best known for its wood-fired pizzas, but also serves pasta, salads and creative cuisine influenced by the island’s diverse ethnic mix.