Cafe Pesto Sponsors Tournaments to End Hunger on Hawaii Island

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Cafe Pesto is honored to be sponsoring the “Love and Peas” Golf and Tennis Tournament and fundraiser at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, June 8th and 9th, 2013. All proceeds go to Big Island families who struggle to get food on the table. For information on participation and/or donations go to

Make Mom Feel Like a Queen on Mother’s Day

Cafe Pesto, downtown Hilo, Things to do in Downtown Hilo 

Mother’s Day 2013 Dinner Specials

Let Mom know she’s the Queen of Your Heart, and celebrate her day with us at Cafe Pesto. We look forward to helping you make this day special.

“Queens Salad”

Asian Tiger shrimp and snow crab on a beautiful mix of fresh vegetables and organic mixed greens served with a macadamia red wine vinaigrette


 “Surf and Turf”

Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Lobster and Scallop Tempura. Served With Bacon Wrapped Asparagus and a Sour Cream And Chive Baked Potato

Petite Portion$29.95   (3.5 oz Beef Filet)
Regular Portion$42.95 (2x 3.5 oz Beef Filet)

Happy 25th Birthday Cafe Pesto Kawaihae Harbor!

Cafe Pesto, fine dining, downtown Hilo

May 5, 2013 marks Cafe Pesto Kawaihae Harbor’s 25th Birthday! 25 years ago in 1988 we first opened our doors in the quaint harbor town of Kawaihae as a small take-out pizzeria.  Fast forward to today and Cafe Pesto is an award winning dining establishment.

Here is a warm-hearted message from owner David Palmer:

“Aloha, I am David Palmer, proud owner of both Cafe Pesto Kawaihae and Hilo Bay. This month marks the 25th anniversary of our Kawaihae restaurant. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported our efforts to provide locally sourced, fresh Island cuisine using the bounty provided by our Big Island farmers, ranchers and fisherman to whom much is owed. Before there was Roy’s or a Merriman’s, there was -We’re Talking Pizza aka Cafe Pesto Kawaihae serving creative, organic, and locally sustainable dishes.

Special thanks are due to Michael, Jocelyn, Moki, and Kellie and all those employees who have made us the benchmark in top rated restaurants. First and foremost, however, it is our dear customers – locals and tourists alike, who have honored us with their ongoing patronage these past 25 years. Mahalo”