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Haliimaile General Store — (808) 572-2666; 900 Haliimaile Rd.; Haliimaile, Hawaii
Blessed with what she termed a non-"bar-bar," general manager Rebecca Schillaci, experimented by encouraging solo women to take meals there, while offering them a deuce as an alternative. She now greets a growing coterie of solo regulars, including one female profession who remarked, "This is the only place I can come for a meal that feels really good."
Schillaci is not surprised that solo tourists have begun to appear. "Situated in the middle of the restaurant,
the bar offers solos a birdseye view of everything. And the really nice bartenders also add to their good time."
Neighborhood: Upcountry Haliimaile (Near Makao)
Merriman's — (808) 885-6822; 65-1227 Opelo Road; Kamuela, Hawaii
Publications like the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Holiday Magazine have celebrated Merriman's cuisine.
Others have praised their win-win practice of using fresh, locally grown products.
SoloDining.com in turn is pleased to note Merriman's solo diner-friendly practices! They regularly welcome male and female solos at both lunch and dinner. (Seating is pleasant throughout this restaurant; however, ask for "Table 45" when you make a reservation. You'll be able to see all the action while feeling snugly hidden away. We have it on good authority!)
Recently, Merriman's began hosting even more solo business people for lunch than ever before. Introduced in mid-August, "Lunch-in-a-rush" has become a "must do" for locals.
Neighborhood: Heart of the Big Island's ranch country
Amenities: Couples covet the chef's counter overlooking the exhibition kitchen, so make plans early or settle for a two-top. (not bad settling!)
Neighborhood: Right off Waikiki