Pineapple & Honey Island Inspired Cocktail, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Pineapple & Honey Island Inspired Cocktail, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.

ULU Ocean Grill Big Island Experience – Review

ULU Ocean Grill restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai sits on one of the most beautiful oceanfront beach settings on the Big Island of Hawaii. They had me at inspired cuisine composed of 75% local ingredients from Hawaii Island. The whale show and breathtaking sunset were a magical bonus. Jump to review.

ULU Ocean Grill oceanfront at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai Hawaii.
ULU Ocean Grill oceanfront at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai Big Island Hawaii.
ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Pineapple & Honey Island Inspired Cocktail, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Pineapple & Honey (hawaiian coconut vodka, fresh pineapple, big island honey) Island Inspired Cocktail at sunset, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Whale breaching on sunset horizon at ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Whale watching at sunset with cocktails at ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Torch Lighting at ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Torch Lighting at ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Hawaiian 'Ahi Poke, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Hawaiian ‘Ahi Poke (fresh local ahi tuna, fresh ogo seaweed, toasted kukui nut, Maui onions, white shoyu, sesame oil) made at our table, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Flatbread with Fresh Local Butter, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Flatbread with Fresh Local Butter, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
WOW Farms Heirloom Tomato Salad, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
WOW Farms Heirloom Tomato Salad (hearts of palm, mint, nuoc cham), ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Roasted Pineapple Mahi (local fresh mahi-mahi, black bean puree, miso butter sauce, local roasted pineapple, thai chili), ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Roasted Pineapple Mahi (local fresh mahi-mahi, black bean puree, miso butter sauce, local roasted pineapple, thai chili), ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Mushroom Fried Rice, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Mushroom Fried Rice, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Guests enjoying whale on sunset horizon at ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Guests enjoying whale on sunset horizon at ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Pele's Mauna Kea and Buddha's Cup coffee, ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Pele’s Mauna Kea (layers of local strawberry, mango & coconut sorbets, mango coulis, kula strawberry confetti, set aflame with Bacardi 151 rum), ULU Ocean Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
Buddha's Cup Coffee at ULU Ocean Grill, at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai
Finishing a magnificent dinner with Buddha’s Cup Kona Coffee at ULU Ocean Grill, at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai


Check out my trip to Buddha’s Cup Kona Coffee Plantation – inspired by dinner at ULU.

My dinner at ULU Ocean Grill was one of the most memorable and delightful dinners I’ve ever had. This was thanks to the breathtaking sunset, the whale who kept jumping out of the water, the impeccable quality and fresh local ingredients used in drinks and dishes, the tasty combinations of flavours, and the excellent service (thanks Lee).

I was not staying at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, sadly, as it is a beautiful setting! It was worth making the drive (valet parking is included with dinner) to and from Hualālai just for dinner…I’d repeat, including trying the breakfast, if I had more time on the Big Island of Hawaii!

I had heard good things about about ULU, and was prepared for a splurge. Be ready to spend $250-$350 for two (incl tip) for this beautiful dining experience. The setting is calm and relaxing. I especially appreciate the use of local ingredients, the hight standard of quality, and the Hawaii casual welcome that makes an evening here a fabulous Hawaiian experience.

It was hard choosing which photos to use for this post, so many came out well (good light and good architecture)! I look forward to coming back!

‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge
Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka’ūpūlehu
72-100 Ka’upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i 96740 U.S.A.
Tel. +1 (808) 325-8000
Reservations Recommended.

Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka’ūpūlehu

Eat local and enjoy!

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