Pāhoa town is the quintessential small town. Head here to get a taste of Hawai‘i of old. Pāhoa’s colorful and quaint downtown strip is fi lled with shops, galleries and eateries. The town’s easy-going vibe makes it the perfect place to while away a day.
Culinarily speaking, Pāhoa is the perfect microcosm for Hawai‘i’s food landscape. You’ll fi nd cuisines from around the world represented here. Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant is an institution; head to award- winning Kaleo’s Bar & Grill for a Hawai‘i twist on classic comfort food (stop in for dinner, when there’s nightly entertainment); and, at Pāhoa Fresh Fish, you’ll fi nd—you guessed it—fresh fi sh. The fi sh and chips are not-to-be-missed. Brunch at Pele’s Kitchen; gather your fi ll of tropical fruits, including delicious papaya, at Volcano Isle Fruit Company; and fi nd all of your organic and natural food needs at Island Naturals (islandnaturals. com). If farmers markets are more your speed, head over on Sundays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., where you’ll fi nd Maku‘u Farmer’s Market. Understandably, Pāhoa—like the rest of Puna, and the island at large—inspires many artists. Find an array of art in area galleries such as Tanglewood Gallery and House of Fire.