On your way south of Kona, ya need to stop at Kaya's and get your hot/cold drinks, snacks, or breakfast/lunch 'cause everything here is absolutely ONO :)) The classic building has lots of parking next to it, and there are tables, chairs, and a couch to enjoy your purchases, chat with friends, etc. They feature lots of homemade food items -- including gluten free selections and items made with organic ingredients -- and their Kona coffee drinks are among the best on the Big Island! Staff are super friendly & polite too... See you at Kaya's when you're on the west side :))
Wandered in this roadside local place quite unexpectedly. I was surprised to find their extensive gluten free menu. Everything from the scones to the quiches were delectable! My family who was with me, do not follow a gluten free diet and they all enjoyed the goodies and treats as well. The organic coffee was delicious. Service friendly and the place feels like you want to sit and stay awhile!
Let's cut to the chase people: It's HARD to find good food on the big island. Most of the places we went just slapped together some precooked Costco food and drenched it in mayo. Some of it was laughably bad. I'm convinced many of these places are only in business because of the constant stream of tourists who don't know any better. We learned to avoid places that had empty parking lots and void of local vehicles (Toyota 4x4's mostly) Kaya's is not one of these places. They make it all homemade and have a TON of vegan and gf options. I'm not either of these things, or a foodie. But I am a coffee addict, and this was excellent as well. The staff is really friendly as well.