Na`alehu Farmers Market
Every Wednesday and Saturday, the local farmers` market appears in front of the Ace Hardware store in Na`alehu. This is a great place to find local products at farmer direct prices. Depending on the day, the market features local fruits and vegetables, local breads and sweets, and local artisans in a wide range of mediums. If even for a brief moment, a stop at our farmers` market is the best way to meet local residents and discover their many talents.
Hana Hou Restaurant
Located in Na`alehu and known for a large selection of desserts, they make a good hamburger on homemade buns and they offer enough choices on their menu to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions. The restaurant is owned and operated by Patty and Drake Fujimoto. They feature live music on Friday nights and occasionally on Saturday nights. There is a country diner atmosphere, with old style formica tables and a mish mash of photos and artwork on the walls. Diners can bring their own bottle of wine or beer without an additional charge. It's a great way to see life in rural Hawaii. 929-9117
Located in Na`alehu, this bakery is known for their sweet bread, which can be found throughout the state. A local favorite is their lilikoi malasada, which is baked fresh daily along with an assortment of other treats. They offer lunch items that are geared towards tourists. They are able to receive large groups from tour buses and have ample parking for cars.
Local Farms and Artists
Buy orchids next door and honey just up the road. Go to see an organic farmer or visit a working coffee farm. Buy local coffee at farmer direct prices right at Kalaekilohana. We also carry cards from local artists, local handmaden soaps, and specialty honey. We can even arrange for you to meet a local artist.
We recommend Thai Thai as perhaps the best Thai food on the island. We recommend the Lava Rock Cafe as a good choice for those looking for a variety of food choices and the Keawe Kitchen for gourmet pizza. Guests have provided good comments on these choices. If you prefer more ambiance, the Kilauea Lodge is also an option for dinner.
South Kona Restaurants
We recommend Mi's Italian Bistro as a nouvelle option for Italian. We recommend Keei Cafe for a mixed menu with seasonal fish options, and we recommend Manago Hotel if you want to eat where local folks often go. The great thing about all three is that they are locally owned and they serve good food people like. Guests have provided very positive feedback on all three.
Located in Ocean View, this is a good market to get lunch items for the cooler we provide you when you head off to South Kona for a day of snorkeling, kayking, and picnicing at Ho`okena Beach or Pu`uhonua `O Honaunau National Historic Park.
Ocean View Gas
Surprisingly, gasoline is much less expensive in Ocean View than in Kailua-Kona, nearly as low as the prices in Hilo. You can save as much as .30 cents a gallon. There are three stations to choose from, usually within a few cents of one another. This a good place to fill up your car.