Big Island

If you're the sort of person who doesn't come alive until after dark, you might be a little lonely on the Big Island. Blame it on the sleepy plantation heritage. People did their cane raising in the morning, thus very limited late-night fun.

Still, there are a few lively bars on the island, a handful of great local playhouses, half a dozen or so movie houses (including those that play foreign and independent films), and plenty of musical entertainment to keep you happy.

Also, many resorts have bars and late-night activities and events, and keep pools and gyms open late so there's something to do after dinner.

And let's not forget the luau. These fantastic dance and musical performances are combined with some of the best local food on the island and are plenty of fun for the whole family.

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  • 1. Kona Brewing Co. Pub & Brewery


    The only genuine brewpub in Kona, this spot is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Good pizzas and salads, excellent locally brewed beer ...Read More

  • 2. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Oceanfront Luau

    Themed Entertainment

    On the oceanfront North Pointe Luau Grounds, you can sample the best of island cuisine—a traditional feast of imu-roasted kalua pig, island...Read More

  • 3. Coqui's Hideaway Diner and Sports Bar


    Whoever named this place has a real sense of humor as the shrieking invasive frogs you hear around the Big Island at night are a ubiquitous...Read More

  • 4. Cronies Bar & Grill


    A sports bar by night and hamburger joint by day, Cronies is a local favorite. When the lights go down, the bar gets packed. ...Read More

  • 5. Foster's Kitchen


    With happy hour from 3 to 5 pm and then again from 9 to 10 pm, oceanfront Foster's Kitchen offers every reason to come and kick back and enjoy...Read More

  • 6. Gertrude's Jazz Bar

    Live Music

    You know you're in the right place when you climb the stairs to this little gem and notice that the steps are painted like piano keys. With...Read More

  • 7. Haleo Luau at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

    Themed Entertainment

    On the graceful grounds of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, this popular luau (Monday and Friday evenings) takes you on a...Read More

  • 8. Hawaii Loa Luau

    Themed Entertainment

    This gorgeous show is slickly produced and well choreographed, incorporating both traditional and contemporary music and dance, along with an...Read More

  • 9. Huggo's on the Rocks

    Piano Bars

    Jazz, Island, and classic-rock bands perform here nightly, and outside you may see people dancing in the sand. The food can miss, but the location...Read More

  • 10. Humpy's Big Island Alehouse


    Beer lovers appreciate the 36 craft brews on tap at this oceanfront restaurant, with dining downstairs and another bar upstairs that features...Read More

  • 11. Island Breeze Luau

    Themed Entertainment

    With traditional dancing showcasing the interconnected Polynesian roots of Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand, the "We Are Ohana (family...Read More

  • 12. Kona Tap Room


    A favorite after-work spot for employees from the surrounding hotels, this lounge in the Hilton Waikoloa Village offers friendly bartenders...Read More

  • 13. Korner Pocket


    A favored haunt of the South Kona crowd, Korner Pocket is tucked in the back of a strip mall. But don't let that deter you. It has fantastic...Read More

  • 14. Laverne's Sports Bar

    Dance Clubs

    On weekends, live concerts are on tap. Sometimes Hawaiian and Island Music headliners perform here, like recording artist Anuhea and Rebel Souljahz...Read More

  • 15. Legends of Hawaii Luau at Hilton Waikoloa Village

    Themed Entertainment

    Presented outdoors at the Kamehameha Court, this show is aptly subtitled, "Our Big Island Story." A delicious buffet offers Big Island–grown...Read More

  • 16. Luana Lounge


    This wood-paneled lounge in the Fairmont Orchid has a large terrace and an impressive view. The bartenders are skilled, service is impeccable...Read More

  • 17. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Clambake

    Themed Entertainment

    The weekly clambake near the sand at Hau Tree beach restaurant features an extensive menu with oysters on the half shell, Manila clams, Dungeness...Read More

  • 18. Oceans Sports Bar & Grill


    A popular gathering place, this sports bar in the back of the Coconut Grove Marketplace has a pool table and an outdoor patio, along with dozens...Read More

  • 19. The Mask-querade Bar


    Hidden away in an unassuming strip mall, this is one of the Big Island's most venerable gay bars. Drag shows, hot DJs, live music, karaoke,...Read More

  • 20. Voyagers of the Pacific

    Themed Entertainment

    The Royal Kona Resort lights its torches for a spectacular show and oceanfront buffet four times a week (Monday–Wednesday and Friday). The entire...Read More

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