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November 03, 2005



Excellent travel log Reid. From the neon lights sign on the front of the hotel at night to the pan-fried butterfish.


Looks great Reid - Looks like the Manago hasn't changed much; that's a good thing. Never left there disappointed or hungry!


Don't forget to mention Kona Chips right next door to the Manago Hotel (you did pick up a bag of Furikake Chips, didn't you?)



My favorite spot on the Big Island since the Hilo Hotel closed years ago. Brings back some very nice memories. Mahalo nui loa.



Thanks. I'm glad you like the photos. I love the Manago Hotel. It's somewhere that I visit everytime I'm in Kona. The butterfish was really tasty.

Hi Kirk,

The Manago Hotel has a great track record for consistency. The service here is excellent as is the food. No wonder they are always full. And yes, it hasn't changed much since I first started coming here either.

Hi Kyle,

ARGH! When I went to the Manago Hotel on Saturday night, Kona Chips was already closed...and sadly, they don't open on Sundays! Bummer...I didn't even have a chance. I really wanted those furikake chips too. *sigh*

Hi Gail,

This is one of my favorites, and probably the best local style restaurant in the Kona area. I'm glad it brings back memories for you. It does for me too!


I love it when you can agreeably pool menu choices with your dining companion! Two meals for the price of one!


Hi AG,

Exactly. What made it easier was the fact that there was a piece of each on the plate. That way, the meal was split evenly.


Reid, that looks like one great meal! This is another place I've been to only when I was a kid, but it looks like I've been really missing out. I keep hearing of their legendary pork chops. It's great that they include limu & kalua pig/cabbage with the meal. I gotta go kona side more often!


When I first looked at the pork chops picture, I thought, "Oh no, look at the oil on the dish! Has the pork chops changed? Sorry Reid." Man, I'm glad it was the juices from the pork chops. The pork chops are as good as it ever was.

Just the side dishes with some poi and you got a meal in itself. That limu tsukemono looks for delicious.

During a photo trip while in college many years ago, I rented a room upstairs. It had a public bath and restroom and the bed blanket was those thin ichy military blankets. What an experience. I was told before the rooms were used by young single imigrants that worked on the sugar cane plantation and construction guys from Oahu that did "short stay" jobs on Kona side.


Just read what I wrote and I don't want to scare people way from staying at Manago Hotel, as the rooms upstairs might have changed since my college days some 30-plus year ago. Since then, they have built a hotel building in the back with a view towards the ocean.


Hi James,

The pork chops are great. The seasoning is perfect. I could have probably eaten another one or two! =)

The sides change all the time from what I remember, but the basic menu stays the same. If you are going for dinner, they close at 7:30 pm, so try to get there about 7:00 pm if you do go. That way, you'll have a good chance of getting a table right away and not having to wait.

Hi Lance,

Actually, the building in the back is more modern. If you stay in the main building, I believe that you will still have to share a bathroom with other guests. So no, you're not scaring anyone. In fact, it is almost like staying in a hostel.

The pork chops were as delicious as I remember...and yes, I wish I had a bowl of poi. *sigh*


i loved this hotel and its restaurant. the lack of TV and phone was a major plus, and the quiet was so nice

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