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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Historic Site
“It is important to learn, and here learning is possible. There is an amazing story behind this site the buildings, the ponds and the people that lived here.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“We love this restaurant for a breakfast. Be ready to wait in a line to get in and enjoy delirious food and amazing view. If you like fish get Ono Benedict with Macadamia nuts. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Very close local grocery with options from organic to standard American diet. Poke is amazing! ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“The best beach on the island! Great snorkeling and local dolphin sightings.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Located on the rocky north shore of Kealakekua Bay south of Kona, Capital Cook Monument is great for snorkeling. It has it all, fish, healthy coral, and super clear water. Note that there is no beach.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Kayak with the dolphins in Kealakekua Bay Take a visit to Manini beach for a picnic and a swim while you are there”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“Visit the southern-most place in all of the United States. On a clear night in the winter-time you can see the Southern Cross constellation from here. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“If you're craving a burger, this place has variety of grass-fed, island-raised options. Their sandwich and salad offerings are good, too, with wild-caught Hawaiian fish always available.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Café
“100% organic and family-friendly with a place for kids to play and color. The salads and sandwiches are healthy and fresh, with good vegan and vegetarian options. You can even pick up a souvenir or gift from the art lined walls.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“Accessing and exiting the water requires walking over some rough lava, so wear wear good sandals and be prepared to maybe getting a scrape or two, The snorkeling is excellent and worth the effort. Not for the older or younger groups. Visit the National Historic Monument next door to learn about Hawaii culture.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Right in Honalo, this family local establishment has a long history and highlights the Japanese American culture in Hawaii. Excellent homestyle (Japanese homestyle :)) food provides a unique experience.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Café
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“Serves delicious dinners with Brazilian, Asian, and European flavors highlighting fresh ingredients from local farmers. Perched high for beautiful sunset views, this is one of the more upscale restaurants in South Kona.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The perfect place to Snorkel. Beautiful reef with colorful corals and fish to see. The locals call it two step, as you’ll see you’ll just park grab your snorkel gear and jump in the water right their!! Theres a few picnic benches that you can rest and and have a nice picnic lunch if you decide to. Or toast yourself out on the nice pahoehoe lava rocks.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“Many experienced snorkelers enjoy Two Step more than Kahaluu. This is a 30 minute drive south. The coral is better here but this is for those comfortable in deep water. If you swim past the Aloha spelled out with concrete blocks to the deep blue waters you may encounter spinner dolphins. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Farm
“If you love coffee, take a tour at Greenwell Farms. This is one of many coffee farms that you can visit!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Regularly our dolphins will be visiting this bay. Huge cliffs on one side, and a very important Hawaiian temple: Hikiau Heiau”
  • 20 locals recommend