As the central town of Puna, Pāhoa Hawaii is a great hub for exploring all points in the district. It’s one of the few towns on the island that still has the historic “old west” type architecture, and the main street area of town is small and great for a stroll. You’ll find basic amenities in Pāhoa Hawaii, such as a handful of restaurants, a full-service grocery store and a great health food store, a surprisingly nice county pool, and a library. If you want to check out Puna, the largest district on Hawaiʻi Island, consider a stay at one of our great Pāhoa vacation rentals!
From your Pāhoa vacation rentals, it’s about a 20 minute drive to either Kalapana or Kapoho, both places where you can find some sort of coastal access (but don’t expect sandy beaches here!). Kalapana is the end of the road where you can head out on a bike to see the lava flow into the ocean, and it’s also the site of the popular Uncle Robert’s ʻAwa Bar and Night Market on Wednesdays. Kapoho has several interesting tidepool areas, as well as warm ponds (not hot, just warm). The drive between Kapoho and Kalapana is fascinating and scenic.
One of the best happenings in Pāhoa Big Island is the Makuʻu Market, which happens on Sunday mornings on the highway just toward Keaʻau. This might be the liveliest market on the island, as it’s not just food and produce you’ll find here, but also live music and a fascinating array of craft and second-hand items, not to mention some of the most interesting people-watching to be found anywhere. Puna district has long been a magnet for hippies and alternative-living types, and Pāhoa is their hub; you’ll notice many interesting characters coming to town for their shopping needs.
Come stay in our exquisite Pāhoa rentals, and enjoy exploring the Puna District!