We also swung by Tex Drive In in Honokaa, on the northern part of the island, for its world-famous Malasadas. They’re jelly-filled donuts. Go for the guava-filled ones.
If you’re flying into Hilo, do yourself a favor and stop by Ken’s House of Pancakes after you pick up your rental car, for a cup of steaming Kona coffee and a Portugese sausage omelette or a stack of macadamia-nut pancakes. It is the only way to wake up after a grueling nine-hour flight.
Bottom line: You won’t go hungry when you visit the Big Island.