Editor’s Pick: Best Breakfasts on the Big Island When You're on the Run

If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops to enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning’s journey.

Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.

Here we’re breaking down our favorite stops on the Big Island to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure.

Quick Bites Big Island 2808 Grindz Cafe – Grindz, indeed! If you’re pressed for time but looking for delicious, local-style fare, then 808 Grindz Cafe is the place to be. Here you’ll find unreal breakfast options covering everything from eight different loco moco selections to a variety of mouthwatering pancakes. For the adventurous ones out there, sample the Spam Moco, complete with three pieces of crispy Spam and 808 Grindz’s classic brown gravy. 


Quick Bites Big Island 3Cafe 100Cafe 100 is a Hilo staple and known as the “Home of the Loco Moco.” Offering over 30 different varities of this Hawaiʻi favorite, Cafe 100 is a walk-up dining establishment serving up speedy breakfast dishes in addition to its famous “Loco Moco Family” of menu items. There’s the Double Loco, Oyako Loco, Smokie Sausage Loco, Stew Loco, Teri Loco...we could go on and on! If you’re looking for something a little more classic, opt for the Sunriser Sandwich or Dad’s Homemade Hotcakes. 

Quick Bites Big Island 4Ken’s House of Pancakes – Food lovers everywhere have a great appreciation for 24/7 eateries like Ken’s House of Pancakes. Open since 1971, Ken’s is a family-friendly operation known for its scrumptious pancakes and breakfast items. The “Local Style” Pancakes are no joke, and taste even better with their famous “Kokonut,” Passion and Guava syrups! If you’re not a pancakes for breakfast kind of person, not to worry—Ken’s extensive menu ensures that no diner leaves hungry! PC: Fern Gavelek.

Photo courtesy of HTA / Daeja Fallas

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