10Best Big Island, HI Nightlife
Let's be honest, the Big Island isn't home to wild, raging all night dance clubs. It's all about drinks at a bar, socializing with (new) friends and enjoying local live music.
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Kailua-Kona is party central for the Big Island, and Oceans Sports Bar & Grill is one of the few places to party late into the night on the south side town. Oceans, as it's called by locals, is a great place for food and drinks, pool and sports any time of day, but after dark you're likely to find DJs, live music and wild dancing 'till the wee hours of the morning. Read more »All New & Notable Big Island Nightlife »
Mauna Kea, the tallest volcano on the Big Island, stands nearly 14,000 feet into the air and is the highest point in the United States. Although the mountain (as it's called by locals) has a multitude of huge telescopes from over 11 countries and many American universities, it's open to visitors for stargazing and taking in the sights. Read more »All New & Notable Big Island Nightlife »
About Big Island, HI Nightlife
The Big Island has a different definition of nightlife then say... Waikiki in Honolulu. Rather than open till 4 a.m. night clubs with laser lights and booming bass, the Big Island is home to a wide selection of bars and restaurants that serves drinks into the night with a rather casual ambiance. Locals and visitors alike chat and get to know each other, dancing to a sound system or a live local band entertains night owls, and it's an overall friendly and someone intimate experience.
Kailua-Kona is the central place for nightlife. Long standing bars like Lulu's serve as the local watering hole. Lively spots like the Kona Brewing Co. and Humpy's Big Island Ale House offer live music, dancing and a late night bar too, in the heart of Kona near the ocean. If you're really looking to party, Kailua-Kona is the place to be.
Over in Hilo, it's really about smaller bars-slash-restaurants for late night fun. Cafe Pesto and the Hilo Bay Cafe offer delicious custom cocktails and local brews in a lovely ambiance, but not too late.
Enjoy the Big Island after sunset, by going casual to places the locals go.
- Big Island Expert Jade Eckardt