Pacific Rim, expensive
The Plantation House Restaurant
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaiian/Mediterranean, expensive
Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill
Hawaiian fusion, expensive
Atlantis Adventures Kona
Hapuna Beach State Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kona Village Resort
(800) 367-5290, ext. 214
Here's where we go Hawaiian.
Hale Ohia Cottages, moderate, (800) 455-3803. This historic estate, featuring a main residence and several cottages, is conveniently located just a mile from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The decor is charming, the surroundings wonderfully serene, and the landscape fabulously lush.
King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, expensive, (800) 367-6060. Named after the Hawaiian monarch who set up royal residence on the grounds here in the 1800s, this full-service hotel boasts a seaside locale, restored Hawaiian temple, and a luau several nights a week.
Bears' Coffee, inexpensive, (808) 935-0708. Bears' is the place to breakfast in Hilo. In addition to cups of the locally grown Kona coffee, there's much to savor, including the light and fluffy souffléd eggs and sidewalk tables. Lunch items include salads, sandwiches, and burritos.