Lighthouse Delicatessen Opens in Downtown Hawi

Friendly city-style eatery offers highly anticipated options to Kohalans and visitors

Media Release:

The community of North Kohala is now home to an attractive new dining experience. Located next to Lighthouse Liquors in the Kohala Trade Center, Lighthouse Delicatessen offers delicious sandwiches & specialties, munchies & desserts, meats & cheeses by the pound, as well as beer and wine by the glass.

“It’s a perfect place to crush a sandwich and a beer,” said Chris Scelza, one of four friends who also opened neighboring Lighthouse Liquors almost a year ago. “It’s a city-style deli with a Kohala twist.”

Lighthouse Delicatessen is named in honor of the recently demolished Kauhola Point Lighthouse, and is the offspring of four North Kohala residents – General Manager & Chef Chris Scelza, local yoga instructor Bobby Hoyt, marketing manager Marci Elizondo, and carpentry guru Rick Klaus. With recipes inspired by the women in Scelza’s Italian family, a cozy ambiance highlighted by the same wooden flooring, beautiful sapele mahogany accents and deep red walls that adorn Lighthouse Liquors, this deli provides a tasty and charming new option for hungry patrons…
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Zipline Canopy Tour at Big Island Eco Adventures

Today I had the opportunity to go zip-lining with a group of media folks from the mainland at Big Island Eco Adventures in Hawi on the Kohala coast of the Big Island.

We met at Luke’s Place where they checked us in and got us fitted with our gear.

Getting suited up

We then climbed into a six wheel pinzgauer that would take us about 20 minutes away from the restaurant and about 6 miles up into the Kohala Jungles.

Off roading it!

We started the day off with a couple smaller ones so that we could learn how to turn.  Since I’ve gone ziplining a few other times… I had no problem jumping up on the platform first.

First up!

Here is a video of the third zipline we went on.


The Kohala jungle was great… I tried to be brave and cross this suspension bridge like Indiana Jones would… but the next thing I knew… the guides were bouncing me around and I just wanted to get across the buggah!

The Suspension Bridge

After we went on six of the ziplines… we stopped off at the Mac Nut Hut, where they had snacks consisting of banana bread, fruit kabobs, juice and trail mix.


We stayed there for about 20 minutes taking in the views and catching our breath.

The view from the "Mac Nut Hut"

The weather held up great for us and although we were in a jungle… I was amazed that I didn’t get bitten up by mosquitoes as they normally attack me in environments like this.


We went on one more zip line before we came to the grand finale which was 1047 feet long and had a pretty good decline.

The final zipline

I took this video of the final ride, however, I wasn’t looking in the view finder and I got turned around so it didn’t turn out the way I was hoping it would.


Big Island Eco Adventure is offering a Kama’aina rate of $139.00 bucks right now.

Big Island Liquor Company Introducing Home Delivery to Members Beginning January 1st

Media Release:

The charming community of North Kohala is now home to a totally new shopping experience. Known as Kohahla Spirits for more than 25 years, the completely remodeled Lighthouse Liquors in the center of Hawi Town will hold its grand opening on Fri., Jan. 1, upon opening at 11 a.m., after the store blessing. The grand-opening gala includes live music throughout the day, and a vodka education seminar featuring a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

Anyone familiar with the previous store will immediately notice the major renovation: wooden flooring and beautiful sapele mahogany accents, deep red walls, a massive 18-foot walk-in cooler housing more than 130 different beers, and a selection of liquor and wine as diverse as Kohala’s residents. Staffed by the outgoing and knowledgeable owners whose enthusiasm complements the makeover, local patrons are guaranteed an upbeat and informative shopping experience.

Perhaps the most anticipated of the many features the new store is showcasing is the effort to positively influence the celebratory spirit of Kohala residents by keeping them off the road – Lighthouse Liquors will offer delivery to its membership, a convenient service welcomed by the Hawaii County Liquor Commission, as well as local police. Pau hana barbecues that go into the night will no longer require that a tipsy guest be sent out to replenish an empty cooler, and an impromptu dinner party won’t force a frazzled host to leave home for wine.

“Our New Year’s resolution is to enhance the positive and ‘spirt’ual presence in Kohala in a responsible, enlightened manner,” says co-owner Marci Elizondo. “Our friends think we are crazy to have the opening on New Year’s Day, but what better way to kick off the New Year and our new store? We feel this symbolizes a great new beginning.”

In addition to delivery, Lighthouse Liquors will host bi-monthly wine & spirits educations, promoting eco-friendly deals by offering free ice to patrons who bring their own coolers in when making purchases, offering party-planning consultation, as well as coordinating future special events and fundraisers for local causes.

Lighthouse Liquors – named in honor of the recently demolished Kauhola Point Lighthouse – is the brainchild of three friends whose seemingly arbitrary discovery of North Kohala several years ago would eventually yield a life of work and play they didn’t know they’d always wanted – the husband-wife team of Chris Scelza & Marci Elizondo, and local Yoga instructor Bobby Hoyt. Scelza & Elizondo also own the neighboring smokeshop, Hawi Headquarters, which now offers a convenient doorway connecting both stores.

For more information:
Lighthouse Liquors
The Kohala Trade Center
55-3419 Akoni Pule Highway
Hawi, HI 96719
(808) 889-0505
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Open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)