Your Big Island culinary adventure begins in Waimea in the afternoon, where you’ll meet your guide and board a private vehicle for the scenic drive to nearby Honopua Farm. Take a guided tour of this family-run operation and learn how owners Ken and Roen Hufford have been growing organic lavender and vegetables like kale, carrots, beets, and cabbage for more than 20 years. Sample fresh, seasonal produce and learn about the Big Island’s unique growing climate.
Continue on into the Kohala Mountains and listen as your guide shares the history of this historic range, where Hawaiian King Kamehameha once trained his fearsome warriors. Nestled here at an elevation of 3,000 feet (915 meters), Kahua Ranch is one of Hawaii’s most renowned free-range sheep and cattle ranches. Learn about island ranching methods and admire spectacular views of the coastline.
Wind down the mountain back to Waimea and settle in at a reserved table at the award-winning Merriman’s restaurant. The Big Island flagship of this beloved eatery has been dishing up authentic regional cuisine for more than two decades and has been voted the island’s best restaurant by Honolulu Magazine 15 years in a row.
Savor a gourmet, 4-course dinner specially prepared using ingredients from the farms you visited, as well as other local growers, ranches and fisheries. Seasonal dishes might include roast beet salad with macadamia nut dressing, grilled Mahi Mahi with sorrel pesto and braised lamb with oyster mushroom pasta. The wait staff will assist you in selecting wine to accompany your meal if you like (own expense).
See Itinerary below for a sample menu of some of Hawaii’s best regional cuisine!