Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Pahoa

Makuʻu Craft & Farmers Market

Crowds converge here for wide-ranging offerings, including psychic readings, massage, surfboard repairs, orchids, jewelry and, yes, fruits and vegetables. Freshly cooked food includes Hawaiian, Mexican and Thai cuis…
Top Choice Hawaii Regional Cuisine in Pahoa

Kaleo's Bar & Grill

Pahoa's top sit-down restaurant serves 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 and a cons…
Top Choice Italian in Pahoa

Paolo's Bistro

With all due respect to Puna, we weren't expecting fantastic Italian food out here in the jungle. Then along comes Paolo's. Brilliant. This intimate place serves a well-executed menu of authentic northern Italian co…
Top Choice Fish & Chips in Pahoa

Pahoa Fresh Fish

This utterly unassuming spot, which has the atmosphere of the moon and is slotted in an ugly strip mall, serves, hands down, the best fish and chips around. We don’t know what the friendly woman behind the counter i…
Top Choice Cafe in Keaʻau & Around

Hilo Coffee Mill

This tidy cafe makes for a pleasant stop, with ample seating, light meals, friendly staff, coffee (brewed and beans) and adjacent roasting room. Owners give personal, informative, 90-minute farm tours (with/without …
Mexican in Pahoa

Luquin's Mexican Restaurant

If you're craving Mexican fare, go to Luquin's for a fix, but it's nothing to write home about. The lilikoʻi (passion fruit) margaritas are memorable (though after a few, you won't be remembering much of anything). …
Park in Highway 132

Lava Tree State Monument Park

Entering this park, located beneath a tight-knit canopy of (invasive) albizia trees is an otherworldly experience. A short, easy loop trail passes through a tropical vision of Middle Earth, full of ferns, orchids an…
Thai in Pahoa

Ning's Thai Cuisine

Reliable Thai curries, lively salads and an emphasis on local, organic ingredients.
Market in Pahoa

Island Naturals

You'll find organic produce, healthy sandwiches, hot entrées and the local nouveau hippie crowd.
Cafe in Pahoa

Sirius Coffee Connection

This simple space offers good coffee, internet and computer access, friendly service and baked goodies.