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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Grocery or Supermarket
“The biggest store in town with good selection of groceries, beer and wine. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Landmark
“An iconic statue of the king who united (aka conquered) the Hawaiian islands under one ruler.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
“Pomaika'i Cafe (formerly Nanbu Courtyard) has great salad and sandwich options as well as good coffee and freshly baked pastries. Cobb salad and the Wagyu burger are my favorites here.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local food/plate lunch cafe, with locally caught fish, burgers, pulled pork plates and lobster/prime rib night on Friday! Minnie is the loveliest host and serves all her food with Aloha.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cafe
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“It's always open (not always, but a lot) and they serve pizza, salads, sandwiches and yummy ice cream in Kapa'au.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Library
  • 1 local recommends
Park
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy our amazing, free park! Swimming pool, tennis court (ask me for the code), playground, skate park, golf (fee for use), weight room (at certain hours- usually early!) and 2 very large fields to walk or play Frisbee, ball, etc!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“It has the widest selection of made-in-Hawaii products, and beautiful jewelry selections.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Best burgers on island - hands down. Figs is family owner and operated by one of the nicest couples we know. Try the mushroom cheese burger - onolicious! Tell Traci - Maggie & Luna sent you! : ) ”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Take the country road home! Drive the highway on the coast line TO Hawi and Pololu Valley. Drive Highway 250, known as the Kohala Mountain Road, TO Waimea then Hilo. It has it all - dramatic climate changes, lush vegetation, and incredible vistas. As you drop down into the open grasslands, stop at pullouts along the makai (ocean) side of the road between mile markers 16 and 17 to enjoy the vistas. If you are here November through April, scan the nearshore area for humpback whales. To the right you should be able to see the south coast of the island of Maui.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“The drive on this road is spectacular. The veil is thin, meaning it feels close to Spirit up there. The rolling green hills and distant vistas are to be absorbed and enjoyed.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great local food/plate lunch cafe, with locally caught fish, burgers, pulled pork plates and lobster/prime rib night on Friday! Minnie is the loveliest host and serves all her food with Aloha.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cafe
“It's always open (not always, but a lot) and they serve pizza, salads, sandwiches and yummy ice cream in Kapa'au.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Best burgers on island - hands down. Figs is family owner and operated by one of the nicest couples we know. Try the mushroom cheese burger - onolicious! Tell Traci - Maggie & Luna sent you! : ) ”
  • 1 local recommends
Diner
  • 1 local recommends

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