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:

MAP OF THE PITSTOPS - CLICK HERE FOR MORE

MAP OF THE PITSTOPS - CLICK HERE FOR MORE

KOREAN BARBECUE TOFFEE FROM BIG ISLAND CANDIES FTW

KOREAN BARBECUE TOFFEE FROM BIG ISLAND CANDIES FTW

AKAKA FALLS JUNGLE VIBES

AKAKA FALLS JUNGLE VIBES

DREAMY TREES FILL AKAKA FALLS

DREAMY TREES FILL AKAKA FALLS

JUST BEFORE THE QUICK RAINFALL

JUST BEFORE THE QUICK RAINFALL

BACK TO SUNSHINE @ TEX DRIVE-IN IN HONOKAA

BACK TO SUNSHINE @ TEX DRIVE-IN IN HONOKAA

PIPPIN' HOT MALASADAS FROM TEX DRIVE-IN

PIPPIN' HOT MALASADAS FROM TEX DRIVE-IN

HAWI STREET ART

HAWI STREET ART

SUSHI ROCK IN THE CUTEST VILLAGE, HAWI

SUSHI ROCK IN THE CUTEST VILLAGE, HAWI

Sushi Rock in Hawi has the most unique sushi rolls I've ever had. Go there.

CAPT'N CRUNCH ROLL - spicy tuna tartare, macadamia nuts, daikon, seared ahi, and panko crisps

CAPT'N CRUNCH ROLL - spicy tuna tartare, macadamia nuts, daikon, seared ahi, and panko crisps

MING DYNASTY ROLL - sesame roasted fish, avocado, peanuts, cilantro, sashimi, and Szechuan sauce 

MING DYNASTY ROLL - sesame roasted fish, avocado, peanuts, cilantro, sashimi, and Szechuan sauce 

BOMBAY SUNSET ROLL - ahi poke, curry slaw, and Fuji apple wrapped with sashimi of the day

BOMBAY SUNSET ROLL - ahi poke, curry slaw, and Fuji apple wrapped with sashimi of the day

THANKS TO MIMI SLAWOFF FOR THE "PIC OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN" CAPTURE 

THANKS TO MIMI SLAWOFF FOR THE "PIC OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN" CAPTURE 

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.

S/O TO KEEN! LOVE THESE O2 UNEEKS FOR SAFE FLUMING

S/O TO KEEN! LOVE THESE O2 UNEEKS FOR SAFE FLUMING

BIG ISLAND SHAVE ICE IN KAWAIHAE BEFORE THE MAD RUSH

BIG ISLAND SHAVE ICE IN KAWAIHAE BEFORE THE MAD RUSH

I ENDED UP GOING FOR THE TRINI-CHANTILLY SPECIAL. SO GOOD.

I ENDED UP GOING FOR THE TRINI-CHANTILLY SPECIAL. SO GOOD.

HALOHALO SHAVE ICE - fruit jellies, sweet potato, cantaloupe, boba, azuki beans, ube ice cream, whipped and condensed cream 

HALOHALO SHAVE ICE - fruit jellies, sweet potato, cantaloupe, boba, azuki beans, ube ice cream, whipped and condensed cream 

IN MY HAPPY PLACE

IN MY HAPPY PLACE

HAPUNA WHITE SANDS BEACH

HAPUNA WHITE SANDS BEACH

KTA SUPER STORES !

KTA SUPER STORES !

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.

GROCERY HEAVEN. JUST GETTING STARTED.

GROCERY HEAVEN. JUST GETTING STARTED.

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