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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.


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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, luxurious ambiance, and an exotic environment. From 6:30 t0 10:30 a.m. daily, you'll be treated to an abundance of traditional breakfast fare with flares of local cuisines. Enjoy the ocean views and later, the things to see and do of the west side of the Big Island. It's restaurants like these that keep the islands afloat, as the Hawaiian islands import over 85 percent of their food and supplies.

Recommended for Breakfast because: This breakfast buffet is offered by a restaurant that sources 75 percent of its menu's ingredients from the Big Island.

Local Expert tip: Make reservations, and order whatever is seasonally available, you'll get the best meal that way.

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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 see that guests enjoy lavish tropical buffets, chilled Island juices, fresh Pacific Rim fruits, and made-to-order specialty omelets and waffles all enhanced by Far-East favorite selections, warm aloha service, and of course, rich Kona coffee. The buffet is an extravagant array of different cuisines that represent the local cultures. This is the best buffet in central Kailua Kona.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Ainakai serves a delicious buffet with local fruits and coffee overlooking the ocean.

Local Expert tip: Take a walk down the coastal trail on the property to settle breakfast and get great morning views before hitting the road or the pool.

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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 want in the morning, no matter your taste. Eggs, sausage, fake sausage, tofu, pastries, and more along with really good Hawaiian coffee. Take it on the road or enjoy outside at tables. With locations in Pahoa, Hilo, and two in Kona, natural food can be obtained all over the island. The store has just about everything organic, natural and eco-friendly you could need. A highlight here is the hot bar and salad bar, with a changing menu each day that offers really good ready to eat food all day long.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Island Naturals serves natural and organic breakfasts with traditional and vegetarian fare.

Local Expert tip: Get there before 10:30 for breakfast.

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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 located in the downtown area. The small coffee shack is easily accessible and roadside, and has quite and extensive menu for such a small place. There's even a few tables out front if you'd like to relax and eat, otherwise just grab and go. Open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., the eatery accept phone orders and sit down customers.

Recommended for Breakfast because: An easily accessible road side coffee shop, Just Cruisin Coffee has an extensive menu that served up quick.

Local Expert tip: Sometimes it's faster to walk in then wait in the drive through line.

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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 grain cereals and various delicacies from the pastry kitchen with a cup of Big Island coffee. This is the Mauna Kea's breakfast buffet, with its ocean-overlook and birdsong symphony, and this is what your family will remember. Later on in the day venture to the exquisite crescent shaped white sand beach out front. You won't have to venture any further for great food or beach time.

Recommended for Breakfast because: This eatery serves delicious breakfast foods with an expansive ocean view.

Local Expert tip: After breakfast explore the northern sights, it'll be perfect timing before turning around for lunch.

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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 full breakfast such as eggs and waffles to leisurely enjoy at the tables out front while looking at the ocean. Or what may be better, ask for your meal to go and head right across the street and eat it while sitting on the sand. This is a great place to people-watch and chat.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Island Lava Java has really good food that's served in a fun environment.

Local Expert tip: Take the meal to go or enjoy people watching at an outdoor table near the ocean.

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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 fare includes French toast, traditional short stacks smothered in maple syrup, hearty omelets, and waffles. If breakfast isn't your gig, never fear – they also serve up delicious hamburgers, hot and cold sandwiches, and fried chicken plates. This is where the locals go for a Sunday brunch, or for a late night meal after a nearby bar or movie.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Ken's is a true local favorite and serves up large amounts of traditional breakfast fare with a Hawaiian twist.

Local Expert tip: Come hungry and enjoy the huge portions all day long.

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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

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