Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant, moderate, (808) 967-7366. Also a popular country inn, Kilauea is well-known for chef/owner Albert Jeyte’s European specialties and fresh-from-the-Pacific fish choices. Can’t decide what to get? Take advantage of the split-plate charge
and have two of your favorites.

Sam Choy’s Kaloko Restaurant, expensive, (808) 326-1545. This is one of bestselling cookbook author and TV host Sam Choy’s six restaurants. Even though the menu features regional Hawaiian cuisine, the plentiful portions could be considered Texas-size.



SHOPPING
Hilo Hatties
, multiple locations, www.hilohatties.com. Sure, Hilo Hatties is a chain and a bit obvious, but “the store of Hawaii” just celebrated its 40th anniversary and has recently started selling furniture and an expanded line of home products. Besides, where else will you be treated to a free shell lei upon arrival?



ACTIVITIES
Captain Dan McSweeney’s Whale Watch Adventures
, (808) 322-0028. Boats depart year-round to scout sperm whales, spinner dolphins, and other marine mammals, but December to April is the best time to spot the majestic migratory humpbacks.

Hilo Municipal Golf Course, (808) 959-7711. A round of golf in picturesque Hawaii, what could be better? Not much, except that greens fees at most courses top the $100 mark. But at this nice, easily walked 18-hole muni, you can get on for as little as $29.