Archive December 2011

Holiday Sightings at Huggo's!

Best-selling author John Saul, right, with Seattle friends Bobby and Cindy Masin.

That master of thrillers, best-selling novelist and part-time Hawaii Island resident, John Saul, is home for the holidays! One of his first stops? Huggo’s — what he calls one of the best watering holes in town with great food to match. Last night we found him entertaining long-time friends from Seattle, Bobby and Cindy Masin, who were just winding down a two-week stay at one of the toniest residential resorts on the Kona-Kohala coast. Word has it several celebrities have arrived on-island just in time for Christmas. Among them Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Christian Bale and more. Our lips are sealed, however, as to where you might see them. Judging from last night, however, Huggo’s just might be a good bet! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy Hunnukah! Photos by Dave Kearns via Iphone. (Thanks Dave!)

Our good friend and frequent guest, part-time island resident Mike Sack.

Huggo's in holiday attire!

Chef Ken welcomes back Huggo's regular Kona Dave.

Holiday dining at Huggo's on Kailua-Kona Bay.

Another delicious special -- Opah with Bamboo rice and Baby Bok Choy -- from Chef Ken's Kitchen.


Mystery guest enjoys another brilliant sunset dinner at Huggo's! Now who says they don't belive in the green flash?!

Got Shrimp?

Chef Ken's Kona Shrimp with Huggo's very own housemade Mango Chutney!

At Huggo’s our seafood is always day catch fresh and our Kona grown shrimp are no exception! Chef Ken prepares them in a variety of mouth-watering dishes. Be sure to ask about nightly specials if you don’t see them on the menu. Among tonight’s specials: Macadamia Nut Crusted Ono with French Green Beans, Purple Molokai Potato Mash, Roasted Banana Curry Sauce and Fried Ginger Chips — this dish alone is a holiday feast! Wishing you all much aloha & happiness this holiday season. Mele Kalikimaka from all of us at Huggo’s.

Shout Out from The Billfish Foundation

Congratulations to Kailua-Kona’s very own Suzanne Gustavson for being named the Top Tagging Angler for Spearfish in the Pacific Ocean by The Billfish Foundation (TBF) this month. With thousands of participants taking part in the foundation’s international competition, Suzanne is a member of an awsome, elite group of anglers! The honor recognizes Suzanne’s strong commitment to the catch and release of billfish and her contribution to worldwide conservation efforts; it also places her in the company of other leading captains and anglers scattered around the globe. Well done Suzanne! According to the Foundation, participation in its Tag and Release Program contributes greatly toward the collection of data used by scientists and decision makers to monitor billfish population stocks, movements, growth rates and other factors critical to better understanding the species. Huggo’s is the proud sponsor of the annual Huggo’s Wahine (billfish) Tournament held each July and benefitting the Family Support Services of West Hawaii – the 2011 event was the 16th annual. Join us in 2012!

July 2011 16th Annual Huggo's Wahine Tournament informational flyer.


Holiday Cooking Tips from Huggo's!

Ask Chef Ken for his holiday recipe ideas.


Huggo’s Executive Chef Ken Schloss is taking time out from his holiday cooking to answer your questions and respond to your requests. Simply log-on to Huggo’s facebook page to post your question & Chef Ken will get back to you wiki wiki!

But tonight, spare yourself the work and the mess — treat yourself to Chef Ken’s fresh catch special:

Pan Seared Kona Kampachi with French Green lentils, Haricot Vert, Leek Fondue & Frisee/tomato garnish

Kau kau & enjoy!

Are You a Member Yet?

Huggo's owner Eric von Platen Luder invites you to join the party at Huggo's -- become a member of our e-club!

If you’re not a member you’re missing out on all the fun! Every day more and more people are enjoying special deals, up-to-the-minute news & sweet birthday offers as members of Huggo’s e-club. Joining is easy: simply click here on Huggo’s, scroll to the bottom of the home page to Join our Mailing List, enter your email address and then leave the rest to us! We found the best pregnancy pillows and supported maternity pillows on Amazon, including a full-body pregnancy pillow, a U-shaped pregnancy pillow – best pregnancy pillow ! Are you further along in your pregnancy? Are you finding it hard to sleep? You probably expected to lose sleep after your baby arrives. A 3-in-1 solution that serves as a pregnancy pillow, nursing pillow and baby pillow for tummy time. Waterproof pillow cover available separately.

Exclusive to members this week — purchase two entrees and receive a complimentary appetizer. Hurry, offer ends December 16! Not to worry if you miss it, many more specials are coming your way on a regular basis.

Chef Ken with one of his nightly fresh catch specials!

Tonight, Chef Ken’s fresh catch (Ono) is prepared Thai-style for a beautiful presentation and delicious dish! It’s not-to-be-missed: Ono Sauteed in Panang Curry & Coconut Milk with Huggo’s Housemade Mango Chutney, Hearts of Palm, Avocado-Bamboo Rice and French Green Beans — Kau Kau & enjoy!

December Sound Bites from Huggo's!

There’s lots happening at Huggo’s this month  & we’re sharing some of the highlights with you here:
Media Feature
This just scheduled: Antoinette Bruno, Editor-in-Chief of, is coming to  Huggo’s on the Rocks December 17 for a menu tasting and photo shoot for an upcoming travel feature on As the leading on-line magazine for chef-focused culinary content, has 30,000 published pages and monthly traffic of more than 30 million hits.  Exciting!

Christmas at Huggo's

Decking the Halls
The tree is trimmed, bows of holly hung, the lights are shining bright and we’re booking reservations now for  Christmas and New Year’s Eve feasts.
Prix Fixe Christmas Dinner 2011
Dungeness Crab, Mango and Avocado Tower, Kona Grown Arugula and Frisee , K’au Orange Citronette
Roasted Tenderloin of Beef with Kona
Coffee Bean and Black Pepper Crust, Gorgonzola Potato Gratin, Haricots
Verts, Cabernet Glaze, Béarnaise Sauce
Add a Lobster Tail – $20.00
Chocolate Lava Cake with Lilikoi Crème Anglaise
$58 per person
Prix Fixe New Year’s Eve Dinner 2011
Oyster In The Half Shell, Prawn & Crab Cake
Roasted Baby Beet Terrine with Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese, Arugula and
K’au Orange Segments
Roasted Tenderloin of Beef, Red Wine, Shallot & Thyme Bordelaise, oursin Cheese Potato Gratin & Waialua Asparagus
Add a Lobster Tail – $20.00
Trio of Chocolate Delicacies: Espresso Chocolate Decadence, Bitter
Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Macadamia Nut Profiteroles
$65 per person

Planning a Party?
Huggo’s is here to help! Find special seasonal menus posted on our website,, now!

Sunset dinner & "City" Lights

Rave Reviews for Huggo's on the Rocks -- This Just in!

Montana residents Aimee and Jeremy enjoy sunset "umbrella" cocktails at Huggo's on the Rocks & three perfect days on Hawaii Island!

United Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Hemispheres, has featured Huggo’s on the Rocks once again (this is our second time and we’re working on a three-peat!) in its “Three Perfect Days” feature. You’ll find it on board now or simply follow this link: Three Perfect Days: Hawaii.

Jacqueline Detwiler, the magazine’s senior edior, penned the article and says in part:

“The sun is nearing the water again,  which means it’s time for a giant beer and a guava–barbecue pork sandwich in  the sand at Huggo’s on the Rocks. A band  breaks out into some island standards  while the tide rolls in, and the crowd gets  rowdy. You are briefly reminded of college  spring breaks — but in a good way.”

Sunset diners at Huggo's on the Rocks, Kailua-Kona.

We couldn’t agree more! Mahalo Jacqueline and come back and see us again soon!

Just another gorgeous sunset at Huggo's on the Rocks in Kailua-Kona!


December Dining at Huggos!

Chef Ken & GM Greg welcome a regular dinner guest back to Huggo’s.

Serving dinner nightly for more than 40 years, Huggo’s has a huge roster of loyal local fans. In fact, for many, the comfortable dining room and lounge has become home away from home. Warm aloha from staff — many who have been part of the Huggo’s ohana for more than 25 years — outstanding food & drink (combined with the best waterfront location & the most stellar sunset views in Kailua-Kona) keep them coming back for more, more, more! We love you all & look forward to welcoming you for dinner soon! In the meantime, a few images to inspire your dining out plans.

Kailua-Kona resident & Huggo's fan, Dave, talks story with Chef Ken while deciding what's for dinner.


Table for two perched above the ocean waves.

The dish that's been delighting diners for more than 40 years -- Huggo's Classic Teriyaki Steak!



Tables with a view at Huggo's.

Mayor Billy Kenoi Lunches at Huggo's Today!

Mayor Billy Kenoi, left, receives an official welcome at Huggo's

Mayor Billy Kenoi, George Applegate of Hawaii Visitors Bureau and other dignitaries lunched at Huggo’s this afternoon with meeting planners. Beautiful blue, blue Hawaiian day on the bay in Kailua-Kona, Chef Ken Schloss’ ono grindz  — all enjoyed while being seranaded by live Hawaiian music and hula — can’t get much better than that!

Talk story tableside at Huggo's with Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi


Come back and see us again soon!