The Nakagawa family has been running this eatery since the early 1920s. The latest son to manage it has transformed both the menu and the decor, and that, paired with the setting (on a 30-acre natural, brackish fishpond) makes this one of the most interesting places to eat in Hilo. Islanders travel great distances for the fried aholehole (young Hawaiian flagtail), and mullet raised at the aqua farm (they will catch it for you that day if you call ahead). Other great dishes from the sea include furikake salmon, miso butterfish, and macadamia nut–crusted mahimahi, but the Pacific Rim menu includes plenty for landlubbers, too, like prime rib, chicken, and salads. Arrive before sunset and request a table by the window for a view of egrets roosting around the fishpond.
1790 Kalanianaole Ave., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States
May 8, 2007
Food is really good--their specialty farmed fish is fried aholehole is great--but beware that it is full of small bones. Decently priced meals that come with salad (try the papaya seed dressing) and fresh, hot bread. Great value and good wine selection at decent prices for Hawaii. Very informal atmosphere (popular with students from the University of Hawaii at Hilo). Service staff were very warm and happily helped us even when they were not assigned
to our table. When we asked to be moved to another table because we were near the AC vent, we were cheefully relocated without any problems. Great if you are looking for a laid back night.