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Staying at King Kam - recs on eats please!

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Staying at King Kam - recs on eats please!

Hi! We're staying at King Kam Courtyard for three days before checking into Four Seasons for a corporate trip. We'll have a car while at King Kam, but also just enjoy exploring on foot! Where should we absolutely have breakfast/lunch/dinner while staying there? (Once we check into the FS, our days will be planned for us.) Also, what else are "must-do's" close to King Kam by way of beaches/shopping? Thanks in advance!

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11. Re: Staying at King Kam - recs on eats please!

As you say, when there are only a handful of very good options the same ones tend to get recced over and over...the same is true of all the island forums, especially when someone wants oceanfront. No one is 'relentlessly pushing' anything. Lighten up :-)

We agree on one thing, I don't really like any Waikoloa Beach reataurants. Of my top ten restaurants none are in Kailua Kona but none are in Waikoloa Beach either. I would put Holuakoa Gardens on the list though.

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12. Re: Staying at King Kam - recs on eats please!

Thanks everyone :) I've made a list!

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13. Re: Staying at King Kam - recs on eats please!

3 of my favorite cute Kailua Kona restaurants:

*Jackie Reys Ohana Grill at happy hour with appetizers and dinner. http://www.jackiereys.com/

*Sushi Shiono for dinner. http://www.sushishiono.com/ (walking distance from the King Kamehameha Courtyard)

*Sam Choy's Kai Lanai anytime. Amazing views. http://s506384216.initial-website.com/

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For shopping, I've narrowed it down to these 3 I recommend and 3 I'm looking forward to shopping on recommendation of my Kona friends:

Top 3 cute Kailua Kona shops:

*Kona Oceanfront Gallery (Wyland Gallery) is a must stop for me on each trip. Many local artist's work is displayed and for sale. http://www.wylandbigisland.com/

*Kona Wine Market (new location in commons) has some nicer wines, cheese, cigars, and wine related items. Love this place for gifts! http://www.konawinemarket.com/

*Jack's Diving Locker in the Coconut Grove Market Place is a fabulous dive shop that always makes my top 3. They have something I "need" every trip and provide some of the very best dive and snorkeling trips on the Big Island. http://www.jacksdivinglocker.com/

Top 3 I'll be checking out next time (as recommended by my Kona friends)

*Pueo Boutique is locally owned and operated, featuring local artists, jewelers and other's works. http://www.pueoboutique.com/

*Na Hoku, in the Kona Marketplace, even though its more of a chain than I prefer, I love the one on Oahu near HHV. http://www.nahoku.com/

*Kona Stories, an independent book store I can't wait to check out. (I have a slight addiction to book stores) http://www.konastories.com/

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My top 3 attractions in Kailua-Kona:

*Hulihee Palace (one of only two palaces in the US. The other one is the Iolani Palace on Oahu) http://www.huliheepalace.net/

*Mokuaikaua Church (first Christian church built in Hawaii) is historic and significant, with it's extensive use of Koa wood. …about.com/od/…mokuaikaua.htm

*Ahu’ena Heiau, a religious temple has occupied this space since the first millennium. Beautiful and culturally significant area, near the pier and beach. http://www.ahuena.com/

The walking tour is really fun and could be paired with shopping. …wordpress.com/2009/…

I hope you get to see the canoe landings at the pier while you are there. Ill check and see if any races are slated. We also enjoy getting a coffee and sitting in one of the shopping areas to people watch and soak up the local ambiance.

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We ate at three different low price restaurants where we could get a table with an ocean view. We were very happy with the meals for the prices paid. Why spent $50 or more for a meal at an expensive hotel when you can pay less than $20. We didn't go to Hawaii to gain weight.

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Well we totally gained weight on this trip :) Had several nice meals in Kailua Kona and then the Four Seasons knocked our socks off with the food. Between the Grill, Ulu and Beach Tree, we had to roll ourselves back onto the plane (related - I wanna go baaaaack!). Had so many amazing experiences! Pupu's at Ray's, swimming with pilot whales with WHOA, helicopter ride over volcano with Blue Hawaii, breakfast at Lava Java and Daylight Mind, so-so dinner at Kona Inn, ziplining, hiking, Pololu, Bamboo's at Hawi... I'm sure I'm forgetting something but it was incredible!!

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18. Re: Staying at King Kam - recs on eats please!

", swimming with pilot whales with WHOA"

Is that legal?

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19. Re: Staying at King Kam - recs on eats please!

Thanks for reporting back. Yes, there is some great food happening here on the BI, quietly. :-)

WHOA is not recommended here because of their practice of putting people in the water with dolphins and whales and promoting these activities in violation of local and federal guidelines and best ecological practice.

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