Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay is Now On Happy Hour Pal


Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay is very excited to have joined up with Happy Hour Pal, a happy hour guide website that helps users find happy hour information, including menus, daily specials, basic business information, maps, GPS-based directions, check-in rewards, and more. Read More »

We Love Local Grass Fed Beef


Chef Casey Halpern loves using local big island grass fed beef in his delicious creations. Cafe Pesto gets their local beef from Kulana Foods in Hilo who processes and packages cattle from Kahua Ranch, Palani Ranch, and Parker Ranch. Read More »

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”

Cafe Pesto Kawaihae Harbor Wins 3 Open Table Awards


Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay was thrilled to hear they were the 2013 Open Table’s Diner’s Choice winner.  We were even more thrilled to hear that our sister restaurant Cafe Pesto Kawaihae Harbor also won several Open Table awards:

  • Good for Groups
  • Kid Friendly
  • Most Booked

Here are few quotes from 3 of our Open Table diners who gave Cafe Pesto Kawaihae a 5 star rating! Read More »

Meet Hawaii Island Goat Dairy


Here at Cafe Pesto we LOVE using local ingredients! Recently, we used Ahualoa goat cheese in a few of our dishes like Ahualoa Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Ahualoa Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Honey Crisp Tuile and Strawberry Compote. We are so lucky to have a local goat dairy right on the Big Island, meet Hawaii Island Goat Dairy. Read More »

Slow Food Lunch Rescheduled to April 21

The Slow Food Luncheon Hilo Hawaii Big Island

The Slow food luncheon has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 21st at 1 pm at Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay. Chef Casey will be serving a 3 course lunch for $28 per person. Read More »

We Love Cooking w/ Hamakua Mushrooms


Cafe Pesto loves cooking with local ingredients, and one of our favorite ingredients used in our pasta dishes is Hamakua Mushrooms from right here on the Big Island of Hawaii.  We love cooking with Hamakua Mushrooms. Read More »

Slow Food Hawaii Luncheon on March 17


Slow Food Hawaii is teaming up with Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay for a luncheon on March 17, 2013 at 1 pm. Chef Casey Halpern will be creating a three course lunch with locally grown ingredients. Read More »

We’re Closed Super Bowl Sunday


Here’s a little secret that you may not have known about Cafe Pesto….

We are huge FOOTABALL FANS! Therefore we will be closed this Sunday February 3rd, 2013 for Super Bowl Sunday! Yes, Super Bowl Sunday Cafe Pesto will be closed!  Read More »

Chef Casey’s Inspiring Trip to Italy for Terra Madre

Chef Casey Halpern went to Turin (Torino), Italy for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto that that was held October 25 to 29, 2012.  Terra Madre is a gathering of producers, educators, chefs and food enthusiasts from 153 countries and an opportunity for these delegates to share and learn and be inspired hosted by Slow Food International an organization “supporting good, clean, and fair food.” Chef Casey was one of the 5 Hawaii delegates to be invited to the event. Read More »