Big Island, Hawaii - 6/17/11 -6/26/11

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8

The arrival/view of our room


Welcome Dinner

The food

Lunch at Ba Le

Dinner at Daniel Thiebaut

Anaehoomalu bay

Pacific Lua

The Food

Legend of the pacific Show

Hapuna beach

Burger challenge


Mauna loa volcano

Black sand beach

Dinner at Sansei

Touring the resort

Tour continuation

Tower palace/Wedding

Farewell dinner



 Day 3 - Dinner at Daniel Thiebaut

Daniel Thiebaut is a French-Asian cuisine located in Waimea, the north tip of the island, which is about 30 to 40 minutes of drive from our resort.   It is  approximately a mile from Hwy 19, as you head north on Hwy 190.  Waimea (also called Kamuela), is full of rolling, green pastures and is home to cattle, cowboys and ranches.  The elevation of Waimea is about 3000 feet and it is definitely much colder than in Kona.


Huge sign on top of their roof.

Daniel Thiebaut’s restaurant comes highly recommended by all of the travel guides so we are giving it a try.


The restaurant is a large building/house that was an old turn of the century general store. Chef Thiebaut bought the building known as the  old Chock Inn Store in 1998 and spent the next two years restoring it to create “Old Hawaiian Charm”.  Most of the furnishings include original artifacts from the store and family home. The ambience is upscale dinning. 


Side view of the restaurant.



Chau and Mui at the entrance of the restaurant.

Pictures and awards on the wall as soon as you walk in the restaurant.

Our group was led to large private room just for us.  The adults sat in one large table and the kids got their own table.


cocktails to start the meal!


Bread and butter to start....

The kids are now grown so they order for themselves.


PUPU (Appetizers)

Basket with toasted fresh bread!  The bread was very good.

This is an incredible deal! $7 for dozen of oysters.

Needle to stay we order 3 or 4 dozen oyster for us.  We turned around and we saw the kids ordered the same thing (they know what is good)



Mix fried seafood platter served with home made tomato sauce.

The menu

Beat Salad with crunch fired noodle.  The kids ordered this plate.


The main course

I forget what kind of fish this is.  The fish is pan-seared with spinach on a bed a mixture of mash vegetables in a Thai Curry Vinaigrette.

Pan seared fish in wild rice (the wild rice is delicious that I ordered and extra plate) in a butter sauce with steamed green beans.


Grilled "Kamuela Pride" New York Steak (local beef) with wine and chocolate Sauce served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rack of lamb Rack of Lamb with Lamb Jus.


More view of the rack of lamb



Grilled rib eye with blue cheese sauce served with roasted potatoes and green beans sautéed in butter.

The kids really enjoyed their steaks and I heard them said that it was worth the wait (it took the restaurant a good 30 minutes for our dinner to be served).

I thought the restaurant is just okay!  I assume this is as good as it gets for the Big Island.  However, the waiters were pretty nice and they did a good job taking care of us.

One of the waiter, a native of Hawaii, after talking to him for a while he said that a lot of younger folks grow their own Paco Lolo on the less populated side of the island.  I you don't know the meaning of Paco Lolo then I'll give you a hint "Lolo" is a Hawaiian word meaning goofy or crazy.  Now all you need to find out is the meaning of "Paco".

Next.. Day 4 - "A Bay"



Our house


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