This is the place to shop if you want something exotic. The clothing comes from Thailand. Although it is pricy, it definitely has nice quality clothing. It's a good place to shop for a nice gift for that hard to please person with the bohemian spirit.
PROS: good location
Ayuthaya is a good place to go for buffet lunch. The food is plentiful and very tasty. There are plenty of choices and the seating affords nice views of the resident artist's paintings on the walls.
CONS: some times the food will all look "shades of grey"...get there early
Cafe Pesto is an over priced establishment that caters to tourists and the professional lunch crowd. The food is tastefully presented and arranged but overpriced. The pizzas are one of the better dishes there. It is definitely not the place "local" family style dinner place because of the price.
CONS: The lighting is too dark, especially in the evening...dificult to read menu
I don't usually like shopping in Walmart stores. They tend to be depressing places, but the Hilo Walmart is an exception. The store has a very good selection of hawaiian clothing and souvenirs. The variety and quality of items for sale is definitely a cut above the Walmart Stores on the Mainland. We usually buy our pet food and milk there because it is the most affordable place.
Ken's House of Pancakes is the best place to go if you want a very large selection of quality dishes. The choice of items as well as the options of eating breakfast any time of the day or night are definitely selling points. The food is consistently good and it affords the local people the opportunity to eat in a restaurant that is always brimming with tourists.