We will be there in May 2008, staying in Kona. We will have a car and plan to travel the whole island during our 8 day stay. As to price $-$$$$ is okay if it is worth it. I am looking for a place for a good plate lunch and want to know if Merrman's is as good as they say or is there something better. I heard there is a tour that takes you to his farms and then back the restaurant for a 4 course meal. Type of food is also open, we will of course want to take advantage of the fresh fish and sushi is a must. We like good food so if that happens to be a french, italian, or Thai restaurant that is fine. Here is the break down, 8 dinners - 2 high end (3 if I can convince my husband), and 7 breakfast and lunch. Love local haunts that the typical tourist who doesn't know how to check in with chow hounds would never find. Can't wait to see what you come up with.