we just returned from the big island, kohala area.
and, we had some great meals...but far and away the best food experience we had was an all organic five course lunch, tour and talk at the hawaian vanilla company...http://www.hawaiianvanilla.com/
up in the hills about 30 minutes past waimea, this relativley new family owned business is growing and producing the only natural organic vanilla in the country. the charming, and knowledgeable owner peter has built a certified kitchen highlighting all the local farms and adding a hint of vanilla in the wonderful and well priced lunch tour. peter and his wife homeschool their 5! children, who help with the lunch service. i learned so much, and had a wonderful lunch. i HIGHLY recommend this 2 hour outing.