The Big Island's Kohala Coast is a magical place. While one end reaches from lush green rainforest land dotted with deep valleys, the other spans into dry and sunny territory lined with white sand beaches. Among all of the natural beauty though is an abundance of spectacular restaurants. While many are located at high end resorts like the Hilton Waikoloa Village, others are scattered along the coast out in the small port town of Kawaihae.
If you're craving a high end meal of Pacific Rim cuisine, Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill is the place to go. As a classic Hawaiian staple, Roy's is known for serving delicious steaks, seafood, salads and desserts all with a Pacific twist. It's appropriate to dress up a bit here, but over the top isn't necessary.
Out in Kawaihae is Cafe Pesto, a long standing Big Island Italian restaurant where each dish has a local twist on it. Not to be confused with the other Cafe Pesto in Hilo, the Kawaihae location is the best Italian food on this side of the island.
Over in the resort area of Waikoloa, a number of great restaurants await. Brown's Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid offers American and modern Hawaiian cuisine, but only for dinner. Nearby is the CanoeHouse, where Pacific Rim dishes are serves along the beach.
The Kohala Coast offers an array of cuisines as diverse as its terrain, so don't forget to explore the coast and its eateries.