Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lava Pours into the Sea

After you book your Hawaii Vacation Rental with Sandy Vacations, LLC consider this excursion! 

Lava Pours into the Sea. At press time, molten lava continues to cascade into the ocean in Coastal Puna. Lava Ocean Adventures invites guests to see, hear and feel the heat from its custom catamaran, the 34-foot Lava Kai, with a sizzlin' hot special. The Lava Lovers Dream: two people can book one voyage to the lava for one price $350, or a solo passenger can book a two-trip adventure with sunrise and sunset departures for $350 total. Private fishing tours to the lava also available. Visit or call (808) 966-4200 for info.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

9 of 20 Places to Eat Under $20 on the Big Island Hawaii


Prices: $8.95-$15.95

Tee up for an inexpensive breakfast or lunch overlooking the 18th hole of the Kings' Course at Waikoloa. The Scottish-themed Kings' Grille offers a great view of the landscaped course, with volcanic mountains rising in the distance. The menu isn't terribly varied, but breakfast and lunch staples are available: omelets, sandwiches and salads. We tried a ham, spinach and mushroom omelet ($11.25) and a loco moco, an island favorite that has white rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and brown gravy ($10.95). The prices were a far cry from the $30 brunches at nearby Waikoloa resort hotels.

We loved: watching golfers struggle to make par.
We didn't love: some of the overly salty dishes.

Kings' Grille, 800 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa; (808)886-7600.

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8 of 20 Places to Eat Under $20 on the Big Island Hawaii


Prices: $10.95-$28.95

Peter Merriman, one of the best-known restaurateurs on the Big Island, opened Merriman's in Waimea a couple of decades ago, and it's been winning awards ever since — including being honored 12 years in a row by Honolulu Magazine as the best Big Island restaurant. It's out of our price range, but who needs it, when we can do the next best thing and eat at Merriman's Market Cafe, a casual sister restaurant in the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa. It specializes in Mediterranean dishes. Dine on tapas (we liked the garlic-truffle fries for $5.95), salads (our favorite is strawberry, tomatoes and smoked bacon for $11.95), pastas, pizzas and meat dishes. The restaurant also has a busy bar and a nice indoor-outdoor ambiance.

They loved: the convenient location.
They didn't love: the mai tais, which were so strong we had to send them back, believe it or not.

Merriman's Market Cafe, Kings' Shops, Waikoloa; (808) 886-1760.

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