20. If staying on the Kohala coast or in Kona, your hotel and the surrounding hotels are bound to have great dining options. But, here are a few places to check out while you’re out and about exploring.
21. If in Kona for dinner, go for some pizza and a beer tasting at the Kona Brewing Company. Not only can you sample from their selection of brews, some of which aren’t available on the mainland, but they serve tremendous pizza as well. The garlic bread twists with marinara are an absolute must.
22. Getting shaved ice in Hawaii is a must, and the best place to get it on the Big Island is Hawaiian Ice Cones, an unassuming kiosk in the middle of the Lanihau Center strip mall in Kona. It has an abundance of syrups (chilled to prevent chunking) and a variety of extras to add to your shaved ice pleasure.
23. The best ice cream we found on the Big Island was Tropical Dreams in Hawi, North Kohala. Their ice cream can also be found in a few other spots around the island.
24. When in Kona, it goes without saying that you must try some world-renowned Kona Coffee. Certain coffee plantations such as Greenwell Farms also give tours should you be an especially avid coffee enthusiast.
25. When looking for a dinner spot near Volcanoes National Park, Volcano House in the park is the most obvious, and certainly most picturesque choice. However, those looking for a more culinary experience after their day exploring the volcano should try Thai Thai in Volcano “Village.”
26. When in Hilo, make a quick stop at the Big Island Candy Company. You’re on your honeymoon, you’re allowed to indulge your sweet tooth.
27. When making your way on Highway 19 north of Hilo, a wonderful stop for lunch is What’s Shakin’. This unassuming little banana-yellow house with a white veranda offers delightful smoothies, good sandwiches and (to our surprise) some of the tastiest nachos we’ve ever had. It’s located just off the 19 on the Old Mamalahoa Highway.