Cocktail hour is important in a lot of households and when you’re on vacation, it’s critical. Handcrafted drinks and tasty island appetizers make the perfect prelude to dinner on Big Island. Many restaurant menus include pupus, small plates, that are concoctions of Hawaii’s fresh fruits, vegetables and fish. Sizzling shrimp, garden-grown salads, Kona flat breads, coconut prawns and ribs with roasted pineapple sauce are just a few small bites filled with fresh flavors.
Big Island is home to plenty of sunshine markets, gourmet food stores and specialty food shops. Stay in a vacation rental and make your own pupus on occasion and visit the local eateries for nibbles, great views and island atmospheres as casual or upscale as you’d like.
Alii Honu Kai
Alii Honu Kai on Kona’s Gold Coast is the site of a vacation rental home with a myriad of amenities to delight guests. The Koi pond, 300 foot-long private ocean access and fully equipped kitchen create a haven after exploring the island. Nearby soft and extreme adventures include cycling, fishing, surfing, mountain biking and swimming.
Kolea 14 Ocean View Home
Anaeho’omalu Bay, a spacious pool framed by island fauna and nearby championship golf courses are part of the scene at Kolea 14. White sand and spacious sleeping and lounging areas for eight guests make it an enjoyable evening, with pupus by the pool and an unbelievable outdoor space for grilling and entertaining.
Cape at Mauna Lani 3
The Cape at Mauna Lani is resort living, with pool, hot tub, both fairway and ocean views, plus a quick walk to the beach. This vacation rental home features an incredible media room and an elegant outdoor area with gas grill so you can entertain indoors or outside, whether you have catered meals or take the opportunity to create your own array of pupus.