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Waikoloa Grill and Bar at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Waikoloa Grill’n Bar is located just off Waikoloa Beach Drive on Keana Place between the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and the Hilton Waikoloa Village. This relaxed and comfortable local favorite serves up great food every day of the week. With a new culinary team, redesigned menu, fully air conditioned dining area, and a convenient location on the Waikoloa Beach Resort, Waikoloa Grill’n Bar will certainly add to your all day dining experience.

Waikoloa Grill’n Bar offers amenities such as a full service bar with beer, wine, mai tais, mojitos, margaritas, tropical drinks, and more. Both keiki and Japanese menus are available along with special event hosting and catering, menu selections for all appetites, convenient parking, and Waikoloa Beach Resort shuttle service both to and from the restaurant.

Get out of the elements, watch the golfers go by, take in views of Mauna Kea, and enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner at Waikoloa Grill’n Bar. Their culinary team presents an exciting new menu with fresh flavors from land and sea, offering diners fresh, lighter, healthier choices at reasonable prices. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.

Come enjoy this unique resort dining experience with the whole family for lunch, dinner, or pupus. Waikoloa Grill’n Bar offers happy hour Monday – Saturday from 3:30-5:30pm and Sundays from 11:30-5:30pm. Happy hour includes a complimentary appetizer!

Waikoloa Grill’n Bar can be contacted at (808) 886-8797.

Recommended Restaurants on the Big Island

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Here is a list of some of the more popular island restaurants in the area. Most are available for dinner only unless otherwise noted.

Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill
Location: Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach
Phone 808-886-4321

This dining hot spot features Euro-Asian food and a full-service bar by Roy Yamaguchi, a world-renowned chef and restaurateur who has received numerous awards from top ranking restaurant and dining publications. Yamaguchi was named best chef in the Pacific Northwest in the James Beard-Perrier Jouet Restaurant Awards. Roy’s has a strong local following while simultaneously attracting visitors who want to enjoy the enticing cuisine.

Monstera Sushi and Noodles
Location: Shops at Mauna Lani
Phone 808-887-2711

Monstera is a hip, casual “izakaya-style” restaurant offering Japanese pub food and sushi from owner Norio Yamamoto. Yamamoto is a successful sushi chef with more than two decades of experience with discriminating employers such as Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and The Fairmont Orchid. The restaurant caters to the residential market with a menu built upon fresh local ingredients.

Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café (available for lunch and dinner)
Location: The Shops at Mauna Lani
Phone: 808-887-0800
Imagine the perfect escape where the only criteria is good food and drink in a relaxed, carefree environment. Sound like wishful thinking? Not at Tommy Bahama’s, where the purveyor of island lifestyles has evolved their successful men’s and women’s upscale casual sportswear, golf wear, accessory and home furnishings collections into a well-respected restaurant and retail operation that serves up island-inspired fare and lots of tropical fun.

Café Pesto
Location: Kawaihae
Phone: 808-887-0800

Seeking to be at the lead of Kohala’s culinary adventure and preserving the historic charm of the small town, while providing the best of local Hawaiian Regional foods. In addition to their magnificent regional cuisine, they also offer a selection of homemade pizzas. Café Pesto is known for their mai tai’s and Lilikoi Margaritas.

Location: Waimea
Phone: 808-885-6822

Chef/Owner Peter Merriman is a three-time finalist in the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Merriman’s serves the freshest ingredients paired with the finest wines.

Location Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
Phone: 808-885-6622

Creative farm-to-table menu by Sandy Tuason, CanoeHouse specializes in extraordinarily fresh cuisine with a contemporary flair. Come relax and enjoy the scenic Kohala Coast sunsets and island fresh cuisine at a
casual oceanfront setting on the water’s edge.

Sea, Sand, at Stars at Four Seasons
Location Hualalai
Phone: 808-325-8000

This seafood buffet is located on the beach at Hualalai offers the best ambiance of any dining experience on the Big Island of Hawaii. Enjoy listening to the ocean and cool breeze while selecting from an array of seafood favorites.

Seafood Bar

Location: Kawaihae
Phone 808-882-1368

This is a Great place for mai tais and pupus for a reasonable price. Happy hour is from 3p-5:30 and 10pm to close.

Brown’s Beach House
Location: Fairmont Orchid
Hours of Operation: 5:30p-8:30pm daily
Phone 808¬-887-736

Award-winning Brown’s Beach House is the place for the quintessential island dining experience located just steps from shore. Big Island-inspired cuisine is drawn from simple, pure flavors from locally grown, sustainable agriculture.

Norio’s Japanese Rest. and Sushi Bar
Location: Fairmont Orchid
Phone 808-887-7368

A favorite among guests, visitors and locals alike, Norio’s Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is located alongside a serene koi pond on the garden level. The 60-seat restaurant features a 14-seat sushi bar and an 18-seat private dining room. Enjoy some of their signature sushi dishes such as the 69 Roll and Tuna Tataki.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 987-4519 or email for assistance.

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Kau Kau Depot at Waikoloa Village

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

One of the greatest attributes of The Big Island of Hawaii is the food you can find along the way. There are quite a few local style food places that offer great breakfast and lunch on a daily basis but some are a bit further than others. Luckily for those staying on the Waikoloa Beach Resort or at Mauna Lani Resort; Waikoloa Village is just ten to fifteen minutes up the hill. There are a number of local food options available to everyone at Waikoloa Village. A recommendation is “The Kau Kau Depot”.

Having been around for just over one year, the Kau Kau Depot offers Kona Coffee, homemade pastries made daily and great local style food for everyone. From great breakfast burritos offered daily to Mahi Mahi Lilikoi Eggs Benedict (available Fridays and Saturdays), to sandwiches, loco moco and much more; this local style eatery is sure to please the entire family.

Locally owned and operated, the proprietor is on site on a daily basis. His main focus is to provide great casual service, good food at great prices and plenty of Aloha.  This is a great place to go to  to get off the resort and experience something different or make a pit stop on the way to Waimea, Mauna Kea or even Kiluea to perk up your morning. They offer a casual dining area, catering and carryout drive up window to make it easier for anyone on the go.

The Kau Kau Depot also recommends the homemade French Dip made from fresh roast beef or the homemade salmon patty burger.

Live Aloha, support local family operated businesses and enjoy what the big island, Waikoloa Village and the Kau Kau depot have to offer.

The Kau Kau Depot can be reached at (808) 728-3197.

If you are looking for a place to stay on the Big Island of Hawaii try a vacation rental at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

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4th of July 2011 at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Waikoloa Beach Resort takes their 4th of July very seriously and 2011 will be no different…are you ready?

On Monday, July 4 the Waikoloa Beach Resort and the King’s Shops host the ‘Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race and 4th of July extravaganza’. Proceeds from the race will be donated to Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii and Big Island Schools. You could win an opportunity to stay in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Waikoloa Beach Resort along with other great prizes from some of the other sponsors and local businesses. Live entertainment will be there from 10am to 6pm and the event will feature local artists, face painting, balloons, a watermelon eating contest and much more. This is a fantastic activity for families.

The Queens Marketplace will host another event with great family activities throughout the day starting at 11am along with an 8pm finale of fireworks over the Waikoloa Bowl at the Queens’ Gardens. Live entertainment will continue after until 9:30pm. Proceeds will go to the Food Basket, our local food bank. Canned goods donations will be accepted to benefit the same organization. Bring the family, show your support to the community and enjoy yourself!!

The US Airforce Band will also be playing at the Waikoloa Bowl starting at 6pm, doors open at 5pm. Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy this once a year event under the Hawaiian sky.

There is quite a bit going on throughout the island. As the distances can be quite large between the events, we decided to let you know what was happening in the areas of Waikoloa Beach Resort and Mauna Lani.

If you are looking for a place to stay check out our Waikoloa Beach Resort vacation rentals.

Merriman’s in Waimea

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Merriman’s is not as well known as some of the fine dining restaurants within the resorts on the Kohala Coast, but it offers a great cuisine and it is always a nice change to visit the town of Waimea one evening while staying in the resorts.

Located in Wiamea, if you venture to Merriman’s one evening you may find it a bit chilly compared to the resorts.  It is a beautiful little community.  The vast majority of our guests say “If I was going to live in Hawaii, I would live in Waimea.”  Merriman’s is a fairly small restaurant so you will want to call (808) 885-6822 and make reservations in advance. 

** Just recently I had the opportunity to dine at Merriman’s……for the fifth time.  One thing that I give them credit for is that their food is consistantly good.  Many of the restaurants our here are very inconsistant and it is nice to know what you are going to get when you go to Merriman’s. 

It was also interesting to see the below wine list to come along with their typical wine list.

Merrimans Wine List

Seafood Bar at Kawaihae Harbor

Friday, November 27th, 2009

The Seafood Bar offers a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy a fantastic mai tai.  The Seafood Bar has an indoor area with seats around the bar and a wrap around lanai to sit out on an enjoy a beautiful evening in Hawaii.  Their pupu (appetizer) menu is limited, but the food that is on there is great.  The Harbor Grill is conveniently located next door to give you a place to eat dinner if you would like.

You can often find live entertainment at night.  You can contact them at (808) 882-1368 to find out the schedule.

Cafe Pesto at Kawaihae Harbor

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Cafe Pesto offers the quality of food you would receive in the resorts at a better rate.  The lunch menu is filled with delicious salads and pizzas made to your liking.  The dinner menu consists of some of the same items that the lunch menu offers, but also offers some other amazing dishes.  You can find amazing seafood dishes prepared with the catch of the day.  They also have a wonderful beef tenderloin with tiger shrimp.  Don’t miss out on the shrimp nachos for appetizer!

If you show up early you can enjoy a lounging area near the bar.  The Mango Colada is great for a tropical libation.

Cafe Pesto does not take reservations, but typically is not overwhelmingly busy.  Sometimes during the winter months there can be a rather long wait.

To get to Cafe Pesto, exit the resort and take a left traveling north.  When the road splits you will take a left and you will find Cafe Pesto just a few miles down on the left.

Fujimamas Restaurant in Waimea

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Fujimamas offers a nice Asian inspired cuisine in Waimea.  Open daily from 5-9 pm Monday through Saturday.  Althought the menus is fairly limited some of the items are very good.  The Four Towers sushi roll is excellent.  A lot of the menu items as well as drinks contain ginger so a taste for that is needed to really enjoy a lot of the menu items.  Being a small restaurant, if they are busy the service is lacking.

Directions: As you exit the Waikoloa Beach Resort, take a left onto the highway.  As you reach the end of the highway it will split.  Take a right up the mountain to Waimea.  As you enter Waimea you will find Fujimamas on the right just past the gas station.  If you reach the red light, you have gone too far.

Fujimamas Phone: (808) 885-9299

Pakini Grill in Waimea

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Pakini Grillis one of the newest additions in Waimea taking place of the Ranch House.  With a new menu and atmosphere, Pakini Grill is a great place to enjoy your evening.  You will find a bar located in the center of the restaurant with an area for entertainment on the right as you enter.  Local Hawaiian bands play throughout the week.  On the left is a slightly more quiet dining  side and an open kitchen.  The menu has some favorite local items along with some great appetizers if you choose to just enjoy the music.  Pakini Grill is open until 10 or 11 nightly. 

Directions:  As you exit Waikoloa Beach Resort take a left onto the highway.  You will travel until the highway splits.  Take a right up the mountain to Waimea.  Once you enter the town of Waimea, take a left at the red light.  Find Pakini Grill on the left past the shopping center.

Pakini Grill Phone: (808) 885-3333

Pasa’s Restaurant and Bar in Waimea at Parker Ranch Center

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Pasa’s is one of the newest restaurants in Waimea.  Here you will find a comfortable setting for all kinds of entertainment.  Pasa’s televises all the major sporting events on the big screen televisions throughout.  Throughout the week you will find live Hawaiian bands as well as karaoke nights.

Pasa’s offers reasonably priced cocktails and pupus (appetizers).  All the pupus are priced under $10, but the portions are large enough to fill you up.

You can contact them at (808) 887-6700 to find out what the entertainment schedule is for the week.

I would highly recommend Pasa’s for a place to go and have a good time at a reasonable price.