Try the Island Take on Fine Dining
Fine dining in Hawai‘i is an elegant meal that is the direct result of a chef working from fresh-off-the-farm produce. Here, that combination is known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine, which combines the classic techniques of Europe, the savvy style and sophistication of American Regional Cuisine, and the exotic ingredients of the Pacific Rim. Peter Merriman, owner of Merriman’s restaurant in Waimea, was among the original chefs involved in developing Hawaii Regional Cuisine.
At Kawaihae Harbor, Café Pesto and Seafood Bar & Grill serve great food in fun settings, as do Blue Dragon Restaurant & Spa, which serves produce from Hawi farms and fish from just across the street in Kawaihae Bay.