Aloha and welcome to the fly by foodie!  I am very pleased to have you and welcome you to something I am very passionate about: food with a travel twist. 

On my way to the beautiful island of Hawaii, we stopped at the Alaska Lounge at JFK terminal 7, thanks to The Points Guy having the Priority Pass complements of many credit cards, such as American Express Platinum, Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Citi Prestige to name a few.

Don’t forget the Pancake Machine…

Yes a self making pancake machine at the Alaska Lounge at JFK.  Can make 1 or 2 at a time. #alaskaloungejfk

During our stay in Hawaii, I had the pleasure to be at my home away from home, Kings’ Land, Hilton Grand Vacation in Waikoloa, HI on The Big Island. 

As promised, here are my Top 10 food items of the trip:


Always important to stop at the Kona Costco before you head to the hotel. We have breakfast and some pupus (appetizers) in the room as Hawaii can be expensive on most food/drink items.


Holuakoa Gardens and Cafe
Blue Cheese Salad – Baby romaine, heirloom tomatoes, croutons, shaved red onion, hickory smoked bacon bits, bleu cheese dressing with seared local steak


Tommy Bahama
Key Limi Martini


Don’s Mai Tai Bar


Tommy Bahama
Lump crab bisque – sherry, cream, herb crushed croutons


Holuakoa Gardens and Cafe
Opah Fish Sandwich with Chips


Tommy Bahama
Lemon Herb Mahi Mahi & Shrimp – Prosciutto & Sweet Pea Risotto, Sweet Pea Puree


Merriman’s Waimea
Kaua’i Shrimp – Bulgogi Spiced with Honopua Organic Spinach, Local Cabbage Slaw


Pueo’s Osteria
Pappardelle con cinghiale – wild boar wagu, waimea kale, pecorino romano


Merriman’s Waimea

On the left: Lamb from Kahua Ranch – Rainbow Chard, Jalapeno Whipped Potatoes, Maui Onion-Mint Chimichurri

On the right: Fresh Fish, Day Boat Opakapaka – tomatoes, spaetzle with lemon and garlic, goat cheese and prawns

And some beautiful views from the Big Island…

Lanai (balcony) at King’s Land, Building 5 view.
Keiki Pool at King’s Land

I had an amazing week on The Big Island. Thank you for reading and sound off below on your own Hawaiian experience and your favorite food or drink while in Paradise.

Want more? Another post will come in a week, can you guess where?

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