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?
"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
"For its wholesome, healthy cuisine in Mauna Lani Shops." Kirsten Moe
"Healthy and delicious!" Mary Farkash
"Lava Java is a great place to meet clients, friends or family for a great start to the day." Karen Bail
"For the beachfront location in Waikoloa Beach Resort." Kirsten Moe
"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
"For its beautiful serene location right on the freshwater pond at Reed's Bay (take a refreshing dip after brunch!)" Kirsten Moe
"Quaint with limited seating but personal one on one service. Delicious Eggs Benedict." Gwen Herrington
"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
"With table side Bloody Mary's and a glutinous all-you-can-eat buffet fit for Hawaiian Royalty!" - Kirsten Moe
"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
"Fresh, wholesome breakfast, smoothies and acai bowls with many vegetarian/vegan options" - Sunita Przewlocki
Mahalo to our contributors: Erik Jacobson, Gwen Herrington, Jessica Gauthier, Julee Kipi, Karen Bail, Kirsten Moe, Mary Farkash, Romy Jacobson, and Sunita Przewlocki.