Archive for the ‘favorite dining places’ Category

hawaiian chocolate1


The OHCF farm and factory tours are offered Wednesday mornings at 9:00am and Friday mornings at 9:00am and 11:00am. During the summer they may occasionally add a tour on Thursday mornings at 10:00am. It is a one hour walking tour of the orchard and factory and of course, includes chocolate sampling! Bob conducts a fabulous tour … it’s full of information about every step in the chocolate making process, from growing the trees to molding each handmade delicious bar.

OHCF is an active working farm and advance reservations are required for all tours. The farm is located in the Keauhou area of Kona. The cost is $15.00 per person and children under twelve are free. Currently the chocolate shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. You may also purchase OHC Chocolate from the many fine local shops on the Big Island.

hawaiian chocolate

Directions to Original Hawaiian Chocolate Plantation:

1. From the main intersection downtown Kailua-Kona, HI
ROAD. GO SOUTH. Continue to travel South on Highway 11 for 4.8 miles.
3. Turn LEFT onto KAMEHAMEHA III RD. ( this is the 8th traffic signal South from the Palani Road intersection)
4. Turn RIGHT at the stop sign onto WALUA RD. 0.1 miles
5. Turn LEFT onto KAHOOLELE ST. 0.1 miles (This street is only 200 yards South of the Walua Road stop sign)
6. Turn RIGHT into the FIRST and ONLY driveway. Our black gate will be open and there is a gold OHCF logo on our rock wall. Once you turn into the gravel driveway take the FIRST paved drive to the left. Follow parking sign.
End at 78-6772 Makenawai St, Kailua Kona, HI 96740-8958 US. Our driveway is actually on Kahoolele Street. 808-322-2626.

Open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 til 3:00
Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday

For further information feel free to call them at 888-447-2626 or email @

mai grill


Chef Allen Hess will tee off his new “Mai Grille” restaurant at Kings’ Golf Course on Monday, October 5, 2015. Well-known for his deliciously skilled preparations of what he calls chef-driven, house made, farm-to-table comfort food,” Hess brings a fresh new energy and style to the table. “We’re striving for a modern clubhouse with hand-crafted locally-sourced foods,” said Hess. “I’m inspired by good food, food that’s fun, really flavorful, and visually appealing.”

House made Mai Bacon will team up with aged top sirloin for Mai Grille’s signature “20/80” burger, 20% ground bacon and 80% local grass-fed beef. Other tasty-sounding twists on familiar favorites include bacon-wrapped Ali’i Mushrooms, Portuguese sausage corn dogs, smoked brisket tacos and fresh poke nachos.

On Sundays, a satisfying Brunch menu stars steamed crab legs and prime rib, served family style and priced per person. Craft beers from Big Island Brewhaus and others will be featured, along with creative cocktails and a wallet-friendly wine list.

DSC 0290 600 x 399 webres
Breakfast Menu will be served daily 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. daily
Lunch Menu will be served daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily
Brunch Menu will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

tex drive inAnother local favorite place to eat on the Big Island is TEX DRIVE IN, located in beautiful Honoka’a, which once was a thriving sugar plantation on the Hamakua Coast.  They been serving “ono Kine grindz” (local Hawaiian food), plus other popular menu items, for 43 years.

TEX has been published in airline magazines, Sunset Magazine, Bon Apetit’ and many other publications, and the restaurant has been featured in numerous venues. So, come join us on the covered open air patio and enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean with all the sights and sounds of Hawaii! Watch our world famous Malasadas being hand made in our bakery from the viewing window.

When some things of old change they have a tendency to leave the past sadly behind but for everyone involved including its loyal patrons the new look of Tex Drive In in Honokaa is a welcome sight.

By far the busiest spot in Honokaa, Tex Drive In, is an eatery that plays host to not only local patrons but a countless number of tour busses filled with island visitors that make their way around Hawaii.

Famous for her malasadas (Hawaiian donuts) Tex Drive In owner Ada Pulin-Lamme took a big leap this past Summer and completely remodeled her Hamakua restaurant.

Perhaps the most memorable moment of this face lift was when the County of Hawaii Health Department issued Tex Drive In a special permit to operate a makeshift kitchen in the parking lot during the heavy construction months of June & July.

Not only was Ada able to continue operating her business during this time of construction but she was also able to preserve the jobs of her many loyal employees. This cooperation was a great example of how local government and business can work together for the benefit of all.

The newly renovated Tex Drive In features a 21st century contemporary look that includes an expanded indoor dining room with optional table service, outside seating to accommodate 50 guests, and even a glass viewing room where guests can watch Ada’s new malasada factory in the working. To accommodate larger groups a special buffet service is now available.

Among the popular selection of menu items featured at the new Tex Drive In are a variety of freshly made tortilla spinach tomato Tex wraps like the China style wrap with stir fry vegetables, chicken or fish.

When done dining and before making the long winding journey back to Hilo or Kona, travelers can look forward to a relaxing stroll to stretch their driving legs in Ada’s own garden. The garden even includes such plant rarities as cinnamon and apricots.

Now ready to accommodate visitors well into the next millennium Tex Drive In is really worth the stop. Congratulations Ada!

photoHere is a picture of Bruce enjoying malasadas with grandkids Jordan, Ashlyn, and Jackson on the patio at Tex Drive In.