Just returned from a 7-day honeymoon on the Big Island. Our main goal was relaxation, so we stayed close to the hotel (Fairmont Orchid) and didn't eat at very many places. For dinner, we ended up eating at Roy's (not as good as the Orange County location-more casual and food seems rushed), Brown's Beach House (twice-LOVE the place and the live music, though husband wans't impressed with the surf & turf-save your $$$ and go for the ama ebi with red curry sauce or opakapaka), Pahu i'a (delicious and our favorite place-coconut souffle is divine, service oustanding, just a wonderful place), the Canoe House (yummy, but more expensive than Brown's and without the entertainment), Grand Palace Chinese (at Kings' Shops-one of the cheaper restaurants, but very good), and Donatoni's (Hilton Waikoloa-pretty good Italian for Hawaii). We also enjoyed one really good lunch in Kona at a little Vietnamese place called Ba-Le.
Food is ridiculously expensive at the Fairmont Orchid-a turkey sandwich and small bag of chips from Brown's Deli at the hotel was $16. We ended up buying a lot of breakfast and lunch stuff at the grocery store in Waikoloa and saving our $$$ for dinner. Did have a very good quesadilla poolside at the Orchid, which amazed me-good Mexican in Hawaii?? Anyway, never made it to Merriman's-went to Waimea during the day instead of at night-our one regret-and didn't stop for any meals while there.
Also enjoyed some good Mac Pie from the Mac Pie Factory on the edge of Kona and some delicious candies from the Kona Chocolate Factory. Yummy stuff.