Where to Find the Best Breakfast on the Big Island

 COVID UPDATE Aloha! This post was updated in January 2021. However, as we have all learned, things can change overnight, so please check with each restaurant before visiting. We’ve included phone numbers and links to websites below. Mahalo!

Larger than all the other Hawaiian islands combined, the Big Island requires a few day trips and overnight visits to fully explore the “youngest” place on the planet. So breakfast here is very much the most important meal of the day to help you prepare for your Big Island adventures. Here’s a list of our favorite spots for a delicious start to the day. Aloha!

We have cross-checked our picks with top sites like Frommer’s, Hawai’i Magazine and Tripadvisor to make sure we’re offering you the best breakfast to enjoy on the Big Island. 

Best Breakfast on the Big Island
Photo: @TheCoffeeShack

The Coffee Shack

Just off the highway, The Coffee Shack is a picturesque place to stop for breakfast, perched on the mountainside south of Kailua-Kona. You’ll find Kona coffee in the mugs and homemade bread and pastries on the menu. On Sunday they offer a specialty brunch menu. During Covid times, hours are Thursday through Monday 7am to sunset. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. coffeeshack.com

Best Breakfast on the Big Island
Photo: @happy.gains

Hawaiian Style Cafe

If you’re craving local comfort food, there are two locations of Hawaiian Style Cafe where you can indulge in hearty portions that are light on the wallet (the second location is in Hilo). The breakfast menu is available all day and features local favorites like kalua hash and fried rice. Their loco moco game is strong as well. And if there’s ever a time to have breakfast for dinner, it’s on vacation. During Covid times, Hilo location is open Monday 8am to 2pm, Tuesday through Thursday 5am to 8:30pm, Friday 5am to 9pm, Saturday 7am to 9pm and Sunday 7am to 8:30pm. hawaiianstylecafe.com

Best Breakfast on the Big Island
Photo: @islandlavajava

Island Lava Java

Here we’re talking local coffee, local veggies, local chicken and local beef. These guys are sourcing the best stuff that Hawai’i island has to offer. This two-story restaurant is smack dab in the middle of Kailua-Kona for a great open air dining experience. The menu has a little something for everyone. But, we’ve got our eyes on the luau omelette — a whole egg omelet stuffed with slow roasted pork, grilled pineapple, onion and a cheese blend. Forks up! During Covid times, breakfast is offered daily 8am to 11:15am for takeaway or delivery only. islandlavajava.com

Best Breakfast on the Big Island

Punalu‘u Bake Shop

This popular bakery is the perfect place to stop on your way to Volcanoes National Park. The bakery sits on four acres of tropical gardens, so it’s an ideal place for stretching your legs as you enjoy a warm, sugary malasada. And if you’re really looking for a hearty meal, relax on the lanai and order from their restaurant menu. During Covid times, Punalu‘u is open weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm and weekends 8:30am to 5pm. punaluubakeshop.com

Best Breakfast on the Big Island

Waimea Coffee Company

Waimea Coffee Company has been recognized locally for “Best Cup of Coffee,” “Best Sandwich,” and “Best Eco-Friendly Business,” and better yet, we love their tagline — “Good Friends, Bad Habits.” Breakfast is served until 11am, featuring a nice selection of bagels and daily specials to accompany your dark roast. During Covid times, Waimea Coffee Co. is open Monday through Saturday 8:02 am to 1:59pm. Closed Sunday. waimeacoffeecompany.com

Best Breakfast on the Big Island
Photo: @paulsplacecafe

Paul’s Place

132 Punahoa St., Hilo
(808) 280-8646


Self-taught chef and owner Paul Cubio helms this tiny Hilo gem. Reservations are required, and make sure you’re punctual because there’s only a five-minute grace period before you lose your spot! The ingredients are almost entirely sourced from the nearby farmers market. Breakfast menu includes waffles, eggs Benedict, and bagels and lox. paulsplace.com

Who’s Writing These?

Meet our always-hungry team team of foodies have compiled this list.
Please let us know if we’ve missed your favorite eat@localgetaways.com.

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