There's nothing I love more than road tripping around a beautiful island - with stunning views of the land + water and all the delicious food stops along the drive, it's the best way to get up close and local. On Hawaii Island, we got to cover the top 180 of the island going north-west from Hilo to Kona.
Here were some of my favorite stops:
Sushi Rock in Hawi has the most unique sushi rolls I've ever had. Go there.
In Hawi, we joined up with Flumin Kohala to kayak through the famed Kohala Ditch, which takes us from the lush forests of the Kohala Mountains to the lowland sugar cane fields near Hawi. Before the kayaking, we were taken on a scenic ride through massive guava fields and a stop at the breathtaking Pololu Valley Lookout.
I'm a sucker for wanting to bring home all the local snacks made of ingredients special to the area, so I always try to hit the local grocery store (waaaaay more affordable than buying from gift shops). Right by our fantastic hotel at the Sheraton Kona Resort is the amazing KTA Super Stores where I got to fill up my suitcase with all the Big Island made honeys, jams, cookies and mac nuts.