KPC (Kamuela Provision Company) at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The breezy lanai has the most spectacular view of the leeward coast of any restaurant on the Big Island. Get here by 5:30 if you want to score a seat for the sunset. It's the perfect accompaniment to the elegant yet down-to-earth Hawaii regional cuisine. Specialty cocktails, like the mango martini, are great, too. Entrées are on the pricey side, but the ginger-steamed monchong (a deep-water Hawaiian
fish) is a winner. Among appetizers, the ahi carpaccio does not disappoint. The restaurant's number-one seller is the Kona Coffee Mud Slide, but the Baked Mauna Kea (KPC's take on a baked Alaska) is equally decadent. Hilton Waikoloa Village, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa, HI, 96738. 808/886–1234. www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com. No lunch.
May 8, 2007
The best service we had on the entire island. We actually ate here twice. You have to get there at 5:30 p.m. when it opens if you want a patio table--the patio is oceanfront and gorgeous and lit by Hawaiian torches at night. Live Hawaiian music is also played. On one night, we were too late to get seated at the patio and sat at the bar heartsick that we were missing the sunset--Lance saw us and moved two chairs to the patio for us so we could see
the sunset and wait there for our table. Food is great (fish dishes need a little more salt, but still wonderful.)