The biggest attraction on the Big Island is Volcanoes National Park which is almost a hundred miles from Kailua-Kona where the vast majority of tourists stay. It's a really long day trip and if you are self-driving it quickly becomes apparent that there isn't very much in between. The little town of Naahelu is either the first or the last place to get something to eat depending on which direction you are coming from.Like others we just stumbled upon Hana Hou because we were damn hungry after spending half a day at the park and another hour driving to get to Naahelu.
It's not much from the outside or inside for that matter, but it clearly has the look of a place that's been here for a while and is relying on local and not tourist trade. Therefore it was somewhat surprising to see a picture of a very dour looking Gordon Ramsay up on the wall next to the usual shots of locals with big fish. How he got here I have no idea.
The special was meatloaf which came in a regular or mini portions. Our group tried both. The regular portion would have been enough to satisfy the legendary late Hawaiian singer IZ who was known for his gargantuan size and appetite. The mini was just fine for normal folks. A BLT was served on homemade bread with heaps of tomatoes and real crispy bacon. We had no room for the delicious looking pies on display. Also noticed some good looking sandwiches at decent prices for take out.
I give this place a very good rating because it is everything I like in small town restaurant - unpretentious, good food at fair prices and that extra something that sets it apart - in this case you can say that you have eaten at the most southerly restaurant in the entire country. If you are looking for fast food efficiency with predictable bland taste keep on driving to Kona.
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