Cinco De Mayo – Tequila Pairing


Cinco De Mayo (May 5th!) is on a Friday this year and we thought it would be great to celebrate with a Tequila Pairing event from 6:00PM – 8:00PM! We’re going to be pairing Don Cheyo Teqila with foods from the region of Puebla Mexico!

This is a limited seating event so we encourage you to sign up ASAP (Tickets will be capped at 30)! Read More »

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Pop-UP Hawaiian Restaurant


In celebration of the 2017 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, Executive Chef Casey Halpern is preparing some of Hawaiiʻs favorites in the breeze-way of the historic S. Hata Building on Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 11AM – PAU! Itʻs a pop-up style restaurant weʻre calling “Ka Piko” – offering take-out Hawaiian food in the Downtown Hilo area!  Read More »

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2017 Valentineʻs Day Menu at Cafe Pesto Hilo


Join us for a special Valentineʻs Day menu at Cafe Pesto in historic Downtown Hilo on Tuesday, February 14th! We are serving a special 4 course menu with an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert!

Chef Casey has been working hard to prepare this special menu just for you! Our theme this year is “Be My Valentine <3″ and we hope you LOVE it!  Read More »

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Rising Sun Puʻukapu Farms Tomatoes

Cafe Pesto Rising Sun Farms Tomotoes
One of the many things that makes Cafe Pesto unique is our use of locally grown produce, many of which are organic! For our tomatoes, we use Rising Sun Puʻukapua Farms Sweetheart Tomatoes in several of our dishes and wanted to showcase what makes THEM a great and unique choice for local produce on the Big Island! Read More »

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Cafe Pesto On The Vine

Wine Pairing Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay

Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay presents the wines of Selbach Oster from Mosel, Germany. Please join us for an evening of wine, food and talk story on Thursday, November 19th at 6:00PM at the Wainaku Executive Center!

Returning to Hilo – our special guest from Germany – Johannes Selbach! Food pairing by Cafe Pesto Hilo Bayʻs CHEF CASEY HALPERN. Read More »

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Recipe: Island Seafood Risotto

Recipe Island Seafood Risotto Cafe Pesto

We really enjoy this recipe and wanted to share it with you. Our Island Seafood Risotto is a house speciality and is available on our menu daily! Read More »

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Now Serving Local Organic Chicken from Punachicks

Puna Chicks Farms Cafe-Pesto

Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay is very excited to now serve local organic chicken from Punachicks Farm in Keaau on the Big Island! Read More »

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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 »

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Local Hawaii Farmers We Love: Hester Farms

Cafe Pesto, Downtown Hilo, Fine Dining

Sokha and her husband, Ellis, have innovated their 30-acre growing space a mile above Pahala (in the southern Ka’u District), into a farm that offers such a diversity – nothing seems impossible. At any given time they may be harvesting 30 to 35 different crops including peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, salad greens and more.

They continue to creatively work their way through a variety of not the best growing conditions: uneven land, rocky soil, weather conditions – to bring to their markets the most flavorful and eye-popping vegetables.

We love including their fresh veggies in as many of our dishes as we can.


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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 »

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