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Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

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Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

We are going to Hawaii for our honeymoon in September. He propsed to me in Hawaii at the gardens in Hilo. We were looking at either the Surf, Sand, and Stars dinner, the Kahua Ranch cookout or either the luau at Hilton Waikoloa or Mauna Kea. Please advise what you think. Thank you.

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1. Re: Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

Where are you staying and how long do you have on the Big Island?

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2. Re: Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

My wife and I had a wonderful meal at Manta at Mauna Kea.

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3. Re: Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

Surf Sand and Stars is a great , but not really romantic with the buffet and everyone up and down all the time.

We loved it.. food was awesome and the view was stellar.

My husband LOVED the lobster tail!

My favorite "romantic" meal was beachside at Canoe House at the Mauna Lani. Wonderful service, wonderful meal, wonderful view.

I also enjoyed Browns however 1 of the 2 times I was there the Orchid had a huge conference going on on the other side of the pool area and the music was so LOUD that we were really annoyed... we couldn't talk over it and it totally drowned out the sounds of the musician at Browns.

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4. Re: Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

In February, DH and I stayed at the Kilauea Lodge and enjoyed several breakfasts and one fantastic dinner there. Here is what I wrote about that romantic dinner:

DH and I have had our reservations for months at the Kilauea Lodge restaurant, thanks to TT who highly recommended it. It did not disappoint, is an under statement! Fantastic ambiance, service, and food...what more could you ask for. We both had the fresh ahi, but with two different preparations, a piccata and a mango/ginger glaze. Delicious! Each was $36 and included fresh bread, salad,wild rice pilaf, and steamed veggies. LOVE this restaurant!

We decided against dessert and I'm glad we did. We would have missed quite a show at the crater had we given in to that temptation. The crater put on quite a show after dark, so be sure and go to the Jagger at night if it is still allowed.

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5. Re: Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

I would echo spree's comments about the surf, sand and stars dinner. Good but not necessarily romantic. As far as the Mauna Kea's luau, I was there this summer and we would not go back. The food was mediocre and the show was only okay. We also went to the Canoehouse (which we usually love) and it was not as good as Browns Beach House (at least this summer). Our favorite was the Beach Tree Grill at the 4 Seasons. I like Pahuia also but really don't like the food and price as much as the Beach Tree. So, my vote would be the Beach Tree and only you can say whether you would want to eat there during the surf, sand and stars dinner or on another night, but we liked it so much and it's views that we went back 3 times.

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If you are planning on time in Volcano def. look at 2 nights lodging at Kilauea Lodge and 1 special dinner there for sure. When over Waikoloa area then maybe Cafe Pesto for dinner at Kawaihae Harbor then if you are into dancing and live music and a night cap/dessert then maybe check the nearby Blue Dragon Of course a gourmet picnic basket one night at Hapuna Beach or Wailea Bay to watch the sun go down and the stars come out.

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7. Re: Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

Brown's Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid - fabulous. Or Canoe House at Mauni Lani [haven't eaten there but know people who did and loved it]. Both are right on the water.

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8. Re: Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

Thank you so much for all your replies. I appreciate your suggestions. I will look over the choices you gave me and make a decision.

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9. Re: Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

We are staying at the Hilton Waikoloa.

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10. Re: Special occassion dinner/honeymoon

Definitely Browns then.