New Honu’s Restaurant Opens on Kamakahonu Bay at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

It’s got a new name, look and menu. The iconic King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel opens its flagship restaurant today—Honu’s. Open daily for breakfast, dinner and spectacular buffets, Honu’s replaces the hotel’s seaside Kona Beach Restaurant that was damaged during the March tsunami.

Fronting the ocean, Honu’s is named after adjacent Kamakahonu Bay, which in Hawaiian means “eye of the turtle.” The crescent-shaped bay with its white sand beach is just steps away from Honu’s, which brings the outdoors “in” with a new design. Boasting the best ocean view in town, Honu’s has towering window-doors that open to the sights and sounds of scenic Kamakahonu Bay with its historic heiau and bustling ocean activities. Patrons can relax on the spacious lanai, complete with inviting firepits. Honu’s also offers spacious, open-air indoor dining and a private dining room that seats up to 70—perfect for private parties and family get togethers.

To satisfy locals and visitors alike, Honu’s continues the time-honored tradition of the hotel’s lavish buffets for breakfast, weekends and holidays. A popular holdover from the replaced Kona Beach Restaurant, the satisfying spreads include the weekend Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet available every Friday and Saturday starting in mid-October.

The star at breakfast is the hearty buffet. In not only has a made-to-order omelet and waffle station, but also a bounty of fresh fruit, sausage and bacon, pancakes and french toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, numerous freshly baked pastries and breads, granola, yogurt, miso soup, pickled veggies, rice, juice and coffee.

At the culinary helm of Honu’s is Hawai‘i native Paul Muranaka, a Big Isle resident since 1986. The graduate of Kapiolani Community College earned his culinary chops at the Honolulu International Country Club, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Waikiki and the Palm Café and Sam Choy’s Restaurant in Kona.

“Guests will enjoy a wonderful selection of island salads and creative new seafood dishes, all in the style of Hawaii Regional Cuisine,” says Chef Muranaka.

For example, diners can enjoy seafood poke prepared using freshly farmed ogo from Keahole-Kona. Satisfying salads include the tasty Pepper-Seared Ahi Tuna Salad and the Grilled Chicken & Papaya Salad. New soon-to-be favorite entrees range from the

Seared Diver Scallops served with purple sweet potatoes and farm-fresh asparagus to the teriyaki-style tender rib eye steaks complemented with grilled local corn and bok choy.

Honu’s is open 6-10:30 a.m. for breakfast and 5:30-10 p.m. daily for dinner. Reservations are recommended, phone 808-329-2911. For information on hotel accommodations, visit, or find us on Facebook

Kona Brew Festival Ranks in Top 10 List for Road Trips for Beer

The Kona Brew Festival was ranked in the top 10 list of beer festivals by the folks at Road Trips for Beer in a post written this morning they state:

What better place to enjoy a winter beer festival than in paradise? This 16th annual celebration of The Aloha State’s craft brewing heritage will feature tastings from local and U.S. West Coast breweries, as well as plenty of island-style cuisine from 25 Hawaiian chefs. And, yes, at some point you may be called upon to hula.

This is one of the Big Island Festivals that I have yet to attend and hopefully this year I might be able to check it out.

The Kona Brewers Festival is an annual event held each March designed to promote the craft brewing revolution in Hawaii, encourage professional brewers and chefs to work together as an industry and have a positive economic and environmental effect on the community.

Media Release:

The 16th annual Kona Brewers Festival indulges craft beer aficionados on Hawaii’s Big Island Saturday, March 12, 2011, tapping up 70 types of ales and lagers served alongside a cornucopia of island style cuisine from 25 Hawaii chefs. The sell-out event, presented by Sunetric, Keauhou Veterinary Hospital and First Hawaiian Bank, features craft beer, gourmet food, live music and entertainment outdoors at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach

Hotel luau grounds in Kailua-Kona from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Kona Brewers Festival is the headline event of a multi-day celebration that includes a beer and food pairing dinner at the Keauhou Beach Resort Thursday, March 10; a charity golf tournament at Big Island Country Club Friday, March 11; and a Walk/Run for Hops race Saturday morning, March 12.

Kona Brewers Festival – Saturday, March 12

Each of 35 breweries from Hawaii and the mainland United States taps up two types of beer, ranging in style and flavor to delight the palate of every craft beer connoisseur. Chefs from 25 of the Big Island’s top restaurants serve sweet and savory tastes of island-style food, from fresh fish and barbecued meats to decadent desserts. A hula and oli (chant) kick off the event. Two stages with live music entertain festival-goers throughout the day. The annual Trash Fashion Show, designed to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, shows off whimsical attire made entirely from recycled material.

Tickets to the Kona Brewers Festival Main Event on Saturday are available in advance only. Cost is $55 and includes a commemorative event mug, eight four ounce brew tasting coupons, unlimited samplings of gourmet cuisine and an afternoon of entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase online in mid- January at ($5 fee).

Brewers’ Pa’ina Beer and Food Pairing Dinner – Thursday, March 10

A special beer and food pairing dinner, The Brewers’ Pa’ina, jump starts the weekend of craft beer tasting Thursday, March 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted by the Keauhou Beach Resort. The feast is served oceanside under the stars, and each course is expertly paired with a different Kona Brewing Company beer. Many of the dishes incorporate beer as an ingredient. Tickets, which include unlimited beer, food and gratuity, are $60. Check the festival website beginning mid-January for purchasing information,

Kona Brewers Fest Golf Open – Friday, March 11

The fifth annual Kona Brewers Fest Golf Open tees off Friday, March 11, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at Big Island Country Club. Golfers of all levels are welcome to play at this four-person scramble using the Peoria scoring system, a popular format for one-day friendly tournaments because it evens the competition. The event benefits Hawaii Montessori School at Kona. The $150 ticket price includes 18 holes of golf, greens fees and cart, welcome bag, continental breakfast, box lunch and awards ceremony with pupus. Check the festival website beginning mid-January for registration information,

Run for the Hops 5K / 10K – Saturday, March 12

The day of beer tasting takes off with a running start at the “Run for the Hops” 5K / 10K run/walk on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 a.m. Presented by Bike Works and benefiting Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH), the run begins and ends at Kona Brewing Company. Entry fee is $25 and includes a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, award ceremony and beer tasting following the race. Check the festival website for updates on registration information,

Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew Competition

Also planned in conjunction with festival events is the Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew

Competition, a local competition sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association. Judges evaluate the entries using the AHA National Style Guidelines for 28 different styles of beers, meads and ciders. For information visit

The Kona Brewers Festival is a community fundraising event made possible by the Bill Healy Foundation that promotes the craft brewery revolution in Hawaii and encourages professional brewers and chefs to work together. The event raises funds for environmental, educational and cultural organizations. It has raised $400,000 over the past 15 years. For information on any of the festival events, visit or call 808-331-3033.