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Hey Everyone,

We’re taking a family vacation this week on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. We love the relaxed atmosphere here and even Mrs. RB40 is considering a move to Hawaii after we fully retire. Of course, everything is more expensive, but that’s the price you pay to live in paradise.

Anyway, we are just taking it easy on this trip. We have a total of 8 people including a 3 year old and a 1 year old so we can’t really do much hiking or other strenuous activities. Actually, it’s been great so far because everyone really needed a relaxing vacation.

Also, keeping with our frugal theme. We rented a townhouse for about $200/day. Eating lunch out and then cooking dinner at the rental home can save quite a bit of money. Here are a couple of places we tried so far.

Da Poke Shack

The number 1 restaurant in the US according to Yelp! Poke is cubed raw Yellow Fin tuna mixed with condiments such as sea salt, seaweed, and green onion. At Da Poke Shack, you can choose from a variety of poke and side dishes to go with white or brown rice. They buy fresh tuna every morning so the tuna is never frozen. Good stuff if you like sashimi or fish carpaccio.

da poke shack

Broke Da Mouth Grindz

We had the braised short ribs, bento box (pictured below), the special chicken (forgot the name), braised oxtail stew, and the foot long spam musubi. Not much vegetables, but that’s why we cook dinner at home. 🙂

broke da mouth grindz

That’s it for now. It’s been a great vacation so far and hopefully we’ll see a sea turtle at some point. We saw some dolphins when we went snorkeling this morning so that was pretty awesome.

Disclosure: I have some Yelp stocks.

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  • getrichwithme April 30, 2014, 1:45 am

    we always book an apartment rather than a hotel when we go away on holiday. It saves a small fortune over the years, and gives greater flexibility over eating times, and saves a heap of cash on restaurant bills

  • Retiring Army Veteran April 30, 2014, 2:43 am


    I’m really interested in reading everything about your Hawaii vacation. My wife and I are planning to take a three-day detour to either Maui or Big Island on our way back to the US. I’m getting closer and closer to my military retirement! Anyway, I believe I saw the Poke Shack on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives last year and would love to try that place out. Enjoy your stay!


  • Clarisse @ Make Money Your Way April 30, 2014, 3:10 am

    I love Hawaii too, hopefully I can visit there too! And those pictures are truly a mouth watering.

  • Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life April 30, 2014, 5:32 am

    haha, love the disclosure on this one 😉 I always have trouble deciding whether a top rated restaurant is going to be worthwhile for me (especially when it’s an expensive one). Sometimes the veggie options are just so limited or non existent. Might be the best place in town, but if all they’re offering is pasta with red sauce or a veggie burger for the non meat eaters, it doesn’t do me much good.

  • Justin @ Root of Good April 30, 2014, 6:12 am

    That’s awesome! Mrs. RoG would love “poke”.

    We’re following roughly the same “frugal formula” on our 5 week trip to Canada this summer. We are renting an apartment for a week at a time for ~$60/nt for our family of 5 (1-2 bedroom apartments with kitchen).

    We’ll have breakfasts at the house, probably lunch out somewhere local or pack a picnic, and then cook dinner at home most nights. We like to “live like the locals” when we travel, and shopping at local stores is a great way to do exactly that.

    Have fun, and don’t work too hard while you’re on vacation!

  • Even Steven April 30, 2014, 6:45 am

    Love trying out all the best food a vacation has to offer, yelp has taken us to so many good eats. Enjoy!

  • Done by Forty April 30, 2014, 7:14 am

    Those were our favorite two restaurants on the big island. That garlic furikake chicken really is so good it broke the mouth.

    If you’re near Volcanoes National Park, try Thai Thai over in Volcano, right outside the park.

  • Money Beagle April 30, 2014, 11:36 am

    Have fun! We’ve only been to Hawaii once, on our honeymoon back in 2007. Definitely on my bucket list to return!

  • FI Fighter April 30, 2014, 12:21 pm

    That looks good Joe! I was out in Maui and Oahu in January and I miss Hawaii so much. Hope you have a blast with the family!

    I would love to move out there someday after I retire… If the numbers don’t work, I’m heading over to SE Asia as a compromise…

  • Gina April 30, 2014, 3:12 pm

    Can you explain why the restaurants have such strange names? Do they say Da for “the” in Hawaii?

  • Clare April 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

    You might want to try Puako (Kohala Coast), especially the rocky areas of shore, to spot sea turtles. “Abundant” doesn’t even begin to describe their presence there when I was there years ago.

  • John @ Sprout Wealth May 1, 2014, 8:03 am

    Sounds like a great time Joe, especially the relaxation part! Good move on the townhouse rental vs. a hotel stay. We’ve not been to Hawaii yet, well my wife has, but it’s definitely in the plans.

  • Steve May 1, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Cafe 100!

  • We are planning to go to the Dolphin Island here in our city, where you can play with the Dolphins as well as you can feed to them. And that would be my very first snorkeling experience because I have a phobia when I’m under in the water.

  • No Nonsense Landlord May 1, 2014, 8:46 pm

    Hawaii the weather is awesome. I lived there for quite a few years, spending K-9 grade there. We flew to Kauai for out 6th grade field trip.

    I have been goat and pheasant hunting on the island of Hawaii, and Axis deer hunting on Lanai.

    have a great trip!

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