Where do the Big Island Locals drink their beer?
Any Hawaiian traveling veteran knows that the best time to travel to the islands is from October through February.
The weather is a constant perfect 80 degrees, airfare is ridiculously affordable and what’s better than coming back to the mainland with a tan when it’s been raining for 6 days straight?
These are just a few of the reasons why I makes an annual trip to the Big Island and this year was no exception. My best friend is lucky enough to live on the luscious sandy filled island, so whenever I get the chance to go, you could say I get to experience life on the island as a true local.
I have gotten to know the best places to eat, drink, and “chill” out at (not to mention, the places that locals like to keep hush hush about from the tourists). This is why I decided to put together a list of the best places to drink a frothy cold beer at on the Big Island (as a local).
1. Kua Bay
Kua Bay is probably one of the prettiest beaches to spend an afternoon at.
We are talking about white, soft sand and water that is so turquoise blue you can see your feet at the bottom of the ocean. I make the effort to visit this beach EVERY TIME I visit.
You could easily throw down a few beers without even noticing because the beauty has captivated your full attention. Watch out though, the waves can get pretty big and strong here so make sure there is always a sober folk that can keep an eye out for you! About a 20 minute drive North from Kona will get you right there.
2. Mahina’s Pizzeria
Mahina’s is the coolest, most laid back, delicious pizza place in central Kona. It is located in an upstairs area with open windows that overlook the town (which is GREAT for people watching).
It is BYOB which is even cooler because you can get yourself a cold one from the ABC store right downstairs for a much more affordable price than most restaurants would sell their beer for.
One time when I was visiting, my friends and I had spent all day at the beach and we bought a six pack from the store, I grabbed a pair of Cheers Monet Sunglasses and popped those puppies open for a nice long chill sesh- it was the best way to end a perfect day.
Definitely a must go-to place for dinner!
3. Magic Sands Beach
Magic’s is the go-to beach because it is really close to central Kona, yet it is beautiful and the waves are always a great time to get rallied in.
It is also a great place if you are looking for something a bit more social- there is always a good amount of people hanging out (and drinking beer). On the other hand, that means it can get a little crowded but hey, it’s a party!
4. Kona Shaved Ice
When you think of Hawaii, you can’t tell me that you don’t think of Shaved Ice.
This is probably the number one go-to place when visiting the Big Island (Kona in particular). They are famously known for their larger than life, customizable Snow Cones. With plenty of syrup and ice cream flavors to choose from, there is a Shaved Ice match for every body! My personal favorite is Mango with Toasted Coconut ice cream in the middle.
I haven’t even gotten to the good part yet though- you can take your shaved ice about 30 steps to the beach and double fist your treat with a frothy brew. This is when you can really start to compare yourself to the locals 😉
Except don’t forget your Cheers because last time I did this, I was left without a bottle opener…Rookie mistake.
So there you have it, 4 of the best local spots to kick back a beer on the Big Island. Whether it is at a restaurant or at the beach, you now know the sweet spots to go to. If I had to choose my favorite from the list above, I would choose…. just kidding, I can’t choose because I love them all!
If you haven’t been to the Big Island, I highly suggest you put your Budweiser down right now and get your booty planning for your visit!