Elite Pacific's Favorite Breakfast Spots on the Big Island

Posted Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Liana Mayer

According to the Elite Pacific ohana, these are the best places to get breakfast or brunch on the Big Island. Did your favorite make the list?


 Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea

"The pancakes and big country breakfasts are amazing - Make sure you're HUNGRY!!!" Julee Kipi

"Hawaiian Style Cafe offers our favorite local dishes. It's a family atmosphere and they offer BIG plates of food. No credit cards accepted, so make sure you bring your cash." Erik Jacobson

"Cash only, large portions, and pancakes larger than a dinner plate come as a 'side'. They have a huge selection of menu items." Romy Jacobson


Under the Bodhi Tree

"For its wholesome, healthy cuisine in Mauna Lani Shops." Kirsten Moe

"Healthy and delicious!" Mary Farkash

Photo courtesy of: https://www.underthebodhi.net/

Lava Java

"Lava Java is a great place to meet clients, friends or family for a great start to the day." Karen Bail

Photo courtesy of: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiianAirlines/photos/a.443943623504/10155955840498505/?type=3&theater

Lava Lava Beach Club

"For the beachfront location in Waikoloa Beach Resort." Kirsten Moe

Photo courtesy of: https://lavalavabeachclub.com/bigisland/

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

"The Mauna Kea Brunch is great for celebrations and full culinary experience. The exquisite culinary array is sure to have something, a lot of something, for everyone!" Karen Bail

Photo courtesy of: https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/manta-kamuela-2?select=N4g-GxlhuJD4TuiR9oJe5A

The Ponds in Hilo

"For its beautiful serene location right on the freshwater pond at Reed's Bay (take a refreshing dip after brunch!)" Kirsten Moe

Photo courtesy of: https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/ponds-hilo-hilo?select=19YA_Uj1CKPpj6IOxbT9_Q

Paul's Place Cafe in Hilo

"Quaint with limited seating but personal one on one service. Delicious Eggs Benedict." Gwen Herrington

Photo courtesy of: https://www.frolichawaii.com/stories/hidden-gem-pauls-place-cafe-hilo

Ken's House of Pancakes

"For their wide variety, old vintage diner atmosphere and history. If you're really really hungry, dare to try the Sumo portion at Ken's! If you finish it, your next meal is free! Very few have every completed the challenge. Open 24 hours and serving breakfast day and night." - Kirsten Moe

Photo courtesy of: https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/kens-house-of-pancakes-hilo?select=-u1o2KdqM2qz3QqvYA8Wuw 

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Sunday Brunch

"With table side Bloody Mary's and a glutinous all-you-can-eat buffet fit for Hawaiian Royalty!" - Kirsten Moe

Photo courtesy of: https://www.facebook.com/QueensCourt.Hawaii/

Don's Grill in Hilo

"Don's Grill is an old-school diner style restaurant a little off the beaten path in Hilo. The wait staff remembers regulars and the breakfast fare is fresh and delivered hot to your table quickly. My favorites are the Italian omelette with amazing sausage and mushrooms and the 'pancake sandwich'. Of course they also have Hilo's own dish, the loco moco!" - Jessica Gauthier

Photo courtesy of: https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/dons-grill-hilo?select=dW9bZs1RyLXuYeXktpNEGA

Surf Break Cafe - Downtown Hilo

"Fresh, wholesome breakfast, smoothies and acai bowls with many vegetarian/vegan options" - Sunita Przewlocki

Photo courtesy of: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLaZZ0gHTq/

Vibe Cafe

Photo courtesy of: https://www.vibehawaii.com/

Mahalo to our contributors: Erik Jacobson, Gwen Herrington, Jessica Gauthier, Julee Kipi, Karen Bail, Kirsten Moe, Mary Farkash, Romy Jacobson, and Sunita Przewlocki.