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I put my full review of the Holuakoa Cafe under my Kona page because I thought that more people would be looking there. Please see my full review of the Holuakoa Cafe. To give the quick rundown: this restaurant alone is worth making the trip to the charming little artsy town of Holualoa. Super peaceful, elegant gardens and restaurant. This is a "slow food" restaurant. All produce is sourced locally and delicious. A great restaurant and extremely peaceful place to have a long lunch with friends. May be the best restaurant on the Big Island.
Favorite Dish: Menu changes frequently. Everything was excellent.
Updated Mar 1, 2010
Address: 76-5901 Mamalahoa Hwy Holualoa, HI 96725
Phone: (808) 322-2233
It doesn't get any fresher than this! Ferrari Coffee has a "plantation store" right on SR 180 in Holualoa. There you can buy not only fresh Kona Coffee Beans but also Macadamia Nuts which are another product of this tropical region.
The owner of Ferrari Coffee is the eponymous Nikki Ferrari, and the small salesroom is decorated with her trademark collections: models of Ferrari sports cars, and a large range of antique dolls. In addition, the walls are covered with photographs of famous (and not so famous) celebrities who have either visited the plantation or who drink Ferrari coffee: (i.e. John Forsythe, Robin Leach, Richard Chamberlain, etc.)
Updated Aug 12, 2005
Favorite thing: Holualoa is on SR 180, several hundred feet above SR 11, the major highway around the island. The elevation here is about 1400 feet above sea level, and there are several places from which to view the coastline far below. It's cooler and greener up here, and both coffee beans and macadamia nuts seem to appreciate the climate.
Written Aug 21, 2005
Favorite thing: Gourds are another product of Kona. A local artist uses gourds in his work, making them into sculptural objects and containers.
Written Aug 12, 2005
Favorite thing: When you think of Kona, you think of coffee. This small track of land has become internationally famous for the high quality coffee beans that are grown here. I was excited to see the source of morning pleasure. This was the first time in my life that I'd been able to be "up close and person" with coffee beans still on the vine.
These were growing right on the side of SR 180 in Holualoa.
Written Aug 12, 2005