Top things to do

Top Choice Market 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, fruits …
Top Choice Breakfast 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 Frui…
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 come e…
Fish & 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 are so perfectly crispy, yet juicy, you'll quickly forget about the underwhelming…
Hawaii Regional in Pahoa

Kaleo's Bar & Grill

Serving burgers and pizzas and an array of island-fusion fare – such as tempura ahi roll, orzo pasta salad and coconut chicken curry – in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. There's live music most nights, outdoo…
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, cakes…
Park in Pahoa

Lava Tree State Monument

An easy 0.6-mile paved loop takes you past ancient ‘lava trees,’ created in 1790 when pahoehoe (smooth-flowing lava) from Kilauea’s East Rift Zone enveloped moisture-laden ohia before receding, leaving towering impr…
Viewpoint in Pahoa

Pahoa Transfer Station

Although the award-winning, $3.9-million solar-powered transfer station is a solid waste management marvel, trashless travelers flock here to ogle its brush with obliteration. One arm of the June 27 Lava Flow threat…
Bar in Pahoa

Black Rock Cafe

Half the Black Rock is an average restaurant serving passable burgers and breakfast. The other half is a bar popular with those who are a little more Harley-Davidson than hippie. Not that it gets rough (and hippies …
Mexican in Pahoa

Luquin's Mexican Restaurant

If you must have Mexican food in Hawaii, you'll find large portions of the staples at Luquin's. The original location burned down along with the old Akebono Theater, but the owners are still slinging burritos out of…