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Kea’au

Where to Shop

Kea`au Village Market (966-4853) Across the street from Kea`au Shopping Center is an open-air market featuring stalls jammed with everything from ceramics, jewelry and homemade cookies to massage services and thrift goods. A small store vends Filipino snacks, which is appropriate since a statue that is a tribute to the “Sakadas,” or Filipino migrant farm laborers recruited in the early 1900s to work on Hawaiian plantations, fronts the market. There are relatively clean public restrooms next to the large stuffed bear. It is open daily with a swap meet Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with live music Saturdays from 8 am-3 pm.

Pahoa

Sights

Just off Pahoa Village Road, there are public restrooms (technically for swimmers) at the free Pahoa Community Aquatic Center, which has an Olympic-sized swimming pool with swim lanes and a diving board, and an adjacent kiddie pool (6 years and under) with a mushroom-shaped fountain in its center.

Where to Shop

Pahoa Cash and Carry (Pahoa Village Rd, 965-8216) in the center of Pahoa’s main drag is a dream come true for people with the munchies, with rows and rows of junk food, as well as produce, groceries, alcohol, cigarettes and ice. Check out the neon sign facing the First Hawaiian Bank that features Kilauea erupting and flowing lava over the rest of the sign. Despite the name, they accept credit cards. Open 6 am-9 pm Mon-Fri, 7 am-8 pm Sat, 8 am-7 pm Sun.

Brewster & Co. (15-2958 Pahoa Village Rd, 965-2121) A sign in front of Brewster & Co. says “Visitor Info,” and you can inquire here about local happenings or take a few brochures. They sell art, cards and jewelry by local artists. Open on “Hawaiian time” 1-7:30 pm Wed, Fri, Sat and most Sundays, or by appointment.

Ferreira and Company (15-2952 Pahoa Village Rd, 965- 1820) This store has unique gifts, like silk yoga bags, beaded cell phone cases, confetti scarves, hand-painted wooden fruit, Japanese dishes and chopstick holders, Chinese vases, and sterling silver jewelry. The company has been in business in the Hawaiian Islands since 1899. Open Tues-Thurs 10 am-9 pm, until 10 pm Fri-Sat.

Sri’s Handicraft/Raisin’ Cane (15-2958 Pahoa Village Rd, 989-8536) Two businesses share space here. Sri’s sells sarongs and drums, while Raisin’ Cane has homemade ice cream. Open 11 am-7 pm daily.

Jeff Hunt Surfboards (15-2883 Pahoa Village Rd,_965-2322) Jeff Hunt Surfboards sells boards, bathing suits, and surf clothes. You can schedule a photo shoot of yourself surfing for $35/hour. Open 10 am-5:30 pm Wed-Sun, Tues 1-5:30 pm.

Where to Eat

Ning’s Thai Cuisine (Pahoa Village Rd, 965-7611) Ning’s has changed ownership multiple times in the last few years, and despite its reputation is currently a little disappointing. Order your food “hot” if you want any trace of flavor. The menu is pretty standard, with more seafood dishes than Sukothai. BYO. Open noon – 3 pm and 5-9 pm Mon-Sat, dinner only on Sun $$

Black Rock Café (Pahoa Village Rd, 965-1177) This local café serves eggs, pancakes and loco moco for breakfast. It also offers a range of burgers, subs, sandwiches like French dip or teriyaki steak, chili, hot dogs, plate dinners like ribs, fried chicken, chicken katsu and New York Strip and on top of everything else, pizza! (For the record, the pizza is essentially on a par with what is served at Boogie Woogie, but the sauce has more seasoning and the mushrooms don’t come from a jar.) The pupu list includes pub grub like nachos, hot wings, popcorn chicken, fried mushrooms and beer battered pot stickers. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is an adjoining bar. $-$$

Along Highway 11

Where to Shop

Dan DeLuz’s Woods (Mountain View, 968-6607) This is a smaller store than the renowned craftsman’s Waimea store, but it still has a range of his high quality, handcrafted koa bowls, jewelry boxes, wine stands, crosses and bookmarks. Open 9 am-5 pm daily.

Where to Eat

Koa Shop Kaffee (Mountain View, 17-4003 Ahuahu Pl., 968- 1129) Adjacent to Dan DeLuz’s workshop is the Koa Shop Kaffee, owned by Mary Lou DeLuz. The casual eatery serves comfort food like Portuguese bean soup, turkey with stuffing, chili, loco moco and sandwiches. We’ve been told to avoid the steaks. Open for breakfast 7 am-10 pm, lunch 10 am-4:30 pm, dinner 4:30-7:30 pm daily. $

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