Big Island Breakfast Spots to Start the Day Right

The Big Island is big, really, really big and it's loaded with tons of amazing things to see and do. That's why it's important to get a hearty breakfast at the start of your day, ensuring the energy to explore the island. What's awesome about the selection of breakfasts on the Big Island is the diversity. From simple coffee shops to elaborate buffets for the whole family, you can find just about anything you may be craving for a morning meal.

If you're looking for something healthy and hearty, but easy to grab and get on the road to a hike or beach, Island Naturals in Hilo or Kona has an extensive healthy breakfast hot bar each morning. Traditional dishes as well as vegetarian fare is served.

For an elaborate breakfast buffet drop by the Naniloa Hotel in Hilo. Combining traditional breakfasts dishes along with different cuisines that represent the different cultures in the islands. For a truly local breakfast experience, Ken's House of Pancakes in Hilo is a local favorite. Serving large portions of eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and some with a local twist.

For the quaint coffee shop experience Island Lava Java or Just Cruisin Coffee both deliver good local coffees, smoothies, and basic breakfast dishes.

Let our list of the ten best breakfasts on the Big Island assist you with your journey around the island, and enjoy the most important meal of the day.

What's intriguing and progressive about the Ulu Ocean Grill Breakfast Buffet is that the menu's ingredients are approximately 75 percent locally sourced. This buffet is what you would expect with breakfast at the Four Seasons - delicious food,...  Read More

In Hawaiian, "aina" translates to land and "kai" is the word for ocean. And the restaurant named Ainakai at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay which overlooks Keahou Bay and the Kona Coastline, is the perfect place to start the day. At Ainakai you'll...  Read More

Best described as a natural food superstore, Island Naturals in an island staple for natural food, products, spirits, beauty products, and home supplies. What really awesome is that their breakfast hot bar serves just about everything you could...  Read More

Breakfast sandwiches, pastries, coffees, smoothies and more - what more could you ask for? As one of Hilo's newest go to spots for coffee, Just Cruisin Coffee is an on the go spot, drive through or walk in high quality breakfast and coffee spot...  Read More

Any west side morning should start with the breakfast buffet at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar. This is the place for long, leisurely breakfasts and chit chat over made-to-order waffles and omelets, fresh tropical fruits and juices, healthy whole...  Read More

Island Lava Java

Coffee fans love the Big Island for many reasons, and this place is one of them. You'll find freshly brewed, 100% Kona coffee here, along with an assortment of sweets and sandwiches. Grab a quick bite and hit the road, or sit down and order a...  Read More

Ken's House of Pancakes

As a tried and true Hilo breakfast staple, Ken's stays open 24-7. Breakfast is a serious affair, no matter what time of day, and the waitstaff ensures that patrons stay "well oiled" by leaving a full pot of steaming coffee at each table. Favored...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade