Top ChoiceMarket in Kalapana Area

Uncle Robert's Wednesday Night Market

The place to be on a Wednesday night is the late Uncle Robert's family compound where a significant percentage of the population turns out to live aloha. Local live music gets you dancing, while artisans and...

Top ChoiceFish & Chips in Pahoa

Pahoa Fresh Fish

We're not sure if it serves anything besides fish'n'chips...we've never felt the need to ask. The battered and fried ono and mahimahi (and salmon, ahi or cod) are so perfectly crispy, yet meaty and juicy, you'll...

Top ChoiceBeach in Red Road

Kehena Beach

If any place captures the vibe of Puna, it's this beautiful black-sand beach tucked beneath a cliff where all walks of life – hippies, Hawaiians, gays, families, seniors, tourists – do their own uninhibited...

Top ChoiceBeach in Keaʻau

Ha'ena Beach

If you believe paradise is sweetest when earned, trek out to this pristine, postcard-worthy black and white sand beach in a protected cove on the Shipman Estate. Public access is via a 2.5-mile muddy, jungly hike...

Top ChoiceBreakfast in Pahoa

Pele's Kitchen

Fat pancakes, flavorful scrambles or hearty French toast, all made from scratch. This is breakfast the way it was meant to be. You won't find a more complete collection of local fresh fruit than the Puna Exotic...

Top ChoiceMarket in Pahoa

Makuʻu Farmers Market

Follow the line of cars turning off Hwy 130 every Sunday morning for this large, festive and diverse farmers market. Offerings include psychic readings, massage, orchids, jewelry, secondhand goods, and, yes,...

Top ChoiceSports & Outdoors in Pahoa

Jeff Hunt Surfboards

Jeff Hunt is one of the island's best board shapers, and at his little hut you can buy one of his boards ($450 to $1000), talk surfing or accessorize your surf or skate lifestyle.

Viewpoint in Kapoho Area

Cape Kumukahi

As the distinguished easternmost point of the island, Kumukahi ('first beginnings') holds a revered place in Hawaiian lore. The Kings Pillars (piles of rock barely distinguishable from natural lava) mark the...

Park in Red Road

MacKenzie State Recreation Area

A moody, windswept grove of ironwood trees edge sheer cliffs towering above the ocean. The raw beauty of this powerful landscape makes an unforgettable picnic spot – but has also been the backdrop for...

Park in Red Road

Isaac Hale Beach Park

This rocky beach park was the local surf spot serving all of the greater Puna area, but where once flowed ocean peppered with local talent battling over one of the island's top breaks now sits a dramatic...

Beach in Kalapana Area

New Kaimu Beach

Kaimu was the most beautiful black-sand beach in Hawaii until the 1990 lava flow that consumed Kalapana torched its stately palms and filled the bay with pahoehoe (smooth-flowing lava). Now, a 0.3-mile walk along...

Gelato in Pahoa

Nicoco

Naysayers are immediately converted upon tasting hip young Ashley's executions of her and husband Sean's wildly creative vegan gelato flavors (some 500 in all, 12 to 15 of which are available on any given day)....

Bar in Pahoa

Luquin's Cantina

Luquin's original location burned down along with the old Akebono Theater. After a temporary stint slinging burritos out of a food truck, they moved into this new brick-and-mortar location in 2019 and built...

Bar in Kalapana Area

Uncle Robert's Awa Bar

This nightly bar in Uncle Robert's compound serves cocktails and mostly Kona Brewing beers. If you are looking for a different kind of aloha at Uncle Robert's Wednesday Night Market, head across the street for a...

Italian in Pahoa

Paolo's Bistro

The cuisine and atmosphere is in such a different league from anything else in Puna, you'll be excused for thinking you've been transported to Northern Italy. This is Pahoa's best bet for a date night, though...

Cafe in Pahoa

Tin Shack Bakery

Where Puna gets its morning coffee and breakfast bagels. All of Puna. At the same time. Which makes for fascinating people-watching and startlingly educational eavesdropping as you wait for your food. Cookies,...

Arts & Crafts in Kalapana Area

House of Fire

Artist Rika Blue and her daughter, Hannah, handle the beautiful pottery at this artisan gallery, which curates work from over 60 Big Island artists. The wealth of photography, art prints, paintings, ceramics and...

Cafe in Keaʻau

Honi Wai Cafe

Grab a fresh hot pastrami sandwich on your way through or enjoy the open dining area – a mix of contemporary chic and country cottage – while you sip a bubble tea and gorge on the Hawaiian nachos topped with...

Hawaii Regional in Pahoa

Kaleo's Bar & Grill

Serving burgers and pasta and an array of island-fusion fare – such as tempura ahi (yellowfin tuna) roll, orzo pasta salad and coconut chicken curry – in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. There's live music...

Food Truck in Pahoa

The Hub

From Tuesday to Thursday, you'll likely find tacos, hearty Hawaiian dishes and organic coffee (Helloo Sunshine Cafe, Pahoa's best!) served out of food trucks at this parking lot at the four-way stop near Pahoa...