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Trying to get a handle on the Big Island


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Trying to get a handle on the Big Island

cjd260 | | Jan 3, 2013 12:35 PM

Gosh it's big. Obvious, dumb statement, but I never realized it was Connecticut big. We're spending three nights at Waianuhea and four at the Fairmont Orchid, and given the size, I'm trying to trim down our food itinerary to what's truly worth the drive (and the money). Most of my research has been on the New York Times website (I saw a handful of critique-my-itinerary posts here, but none seemed quite on point), so I'm hoping that the CH community can let me know whether I'm going wrong with any of the following:

- Hilo Bay Cafe (Worth the hour-long drive from Honokaa? Anything to do in the area after dinner?)
- Waianuhea (Have to stay in at least one night)
- Merriman's
- Rapanui (Possibly before/after visiting Mauna Kea)
- Kenichi Pacific (though I welcome any other sushi recs)

Not planning on Brown's - $15 green salads and $57 steaks only seem fun when the company is paying, in my book, but please tell me if I should reconsider.

Two specific requests: are there any tiki joints left now that Okolemaluna closed? And if we do one classic, touristy, dinner-and-a-show type deal, what's our best bet?

Many, many thanks for your help. I'm feeling much more lost about this than I usually do.