Affordable meals on Hawaii Island for much less than $20

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Hot stuff. That is the island of Hawaii, which is almost twice as big as the other Hawaiian islands combined.

You can stroll by way of pristine rain forests, swim at planet-class beaches, hike trails by way of snow-covered mountains or verify out spectacular Kilauea volcano, which hasn’t erupted in a lot more than a year.

Hawaii Island’s attributes contain superb meals such as line-caught fish, tropical fruit and tiki cocktails best for toasting the sunset. Plus, Hawaii, like other islands in the chain, has embraced mainland meals trends, with chefs enthusiastically joining the farm-to-table movement.

But island costs can take a large bite out of a vacationing family’s spending budget. You will spend $40 for adults and $20 for youngsters for breakfast, for instance, at the Large Island Buffet at the well-known Hilton Waikaloa Village. A household dinner for 4 at well-known Merriman’s in Waimea charges $79 per individual.

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The remedy: Consume exactly where the kamaaina (locals) consume.

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Extra than a decade ago, the Travel section created lists focusing on affordable locations to consume in Hawaii. We canvassed the islands to bring you articles we referred to as “20 for $20,” tasting our way across the 4 major tourist islands in search of good meal offers at restaurants locals like greatest. But items alter in a decade.

We’ve spent the final a number of months updating the lists for Kauai, Oahu, Maui and now the island of Hawaii, relying on neighborhood authorities to enable us discover the greatest meals at the greatest costs.

Instances photographer Mel Melcon and I crisscrossed Hawaii island for this short article, racking up almost 700 miles on our foodie adventure. Our faves encompass the island, from Hilo to Volcanoes National Park in the south to Waimea and Kailua-Kona, with a number of stops in smaller sized cities.

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