New Restaurant Opening at Former Pahoa KFC Spot?

I just drove by the spot of the former KFC Restaurant in Pahoa and noticed the following sign:

The Lehua Cafe

The Lehua Cafe

The Lehua Cafe appears to be run by the folks at the Hawaii Youth Business Center out of Keaau.  I know for a time they had a food wagon set up in the Keaau-Shopping center at the former spot of the Wiki Wiki mart that used to be there.

Great Places to Eat in Pahoa

On the Big Island, there are not as many restaraunts to choose from on the East Side of the Island compared to the West Side.  (Hilo = East / Kona = West).

Were lucky that in Pahoa, we have quite a few good restaurants to choose from.

If you want Mexican Food you can eat at Luquins which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner:


There is also a couple smaller hole in the type of restaurants like Nings Thai Cuisine:

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Nings is primarily open for dinner and was closed when I went by during the lunch hours today.

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Ning’s can be found on the main drag of Pahoa next to Paolo’s Bistro where they serve all kinds of Italian dishes and specialty “Pizza’s”.

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Pahoa’s most upscale restaurant is probably Kaleo’s.

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You will often find Pahoa business people in here having there salads and other specialties during lunch.

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This group of tourist from Anchorage, Alaska were definitely enjoying their time at Kaleo’s.

(L-R) Colin Bonfield, Alisha Silverstein, Brandon Maurer, and Mike Courtney all said their highlight of the Big Island so far was seeing the "Clothing Optional" Black Sand Beach known as Kehena.

(L-R) Colin Bonfield, Alisha Silverstein, Brandon Maurer, and Mike Courtney all said their highlight of the Big Island so far was seeing the "Clothing Optional" Black Sand Beach known as Kehena.

Of course Pahoa has a Subway as well located in the Pahoa Market Place

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And of course, if you don’t know… Pahoa now has it’s own L&L.  If your looking for the “Pahoa Chop Suey” … well L&L has it’s old location and “Pahoa Chop Suey” is no more unfortunately.

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The food is sold both Ala Carte and by the plate, and they also have a pretty reasonable catering menu.

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Of course in Hawaii, seafood is very popular and we have our own Fish Market.

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Where they also serve a very reasonably priced plate of Fish and Chips as well.

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The Pahoa Museum is also opening up an “All Natural Cafeteria” in the next few weeks.  The name has not been decided yet.

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Of course the gathering place in the morning times if it’s not Luquins, tends to be “Black Rock Cafe” where you can find many of our elected officials having their breakfasts on a regular basis.

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Probably one of the best deals in Pahoa, is at the Punatic Cyber Cafe, they give free internet access with the purchase of your meals (See Cafe for details).  They sell great coffee, sandwhiches and even ice cream!

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And well if you’re still hungry after all that… we even have our own Pooki’s Cookies cookie shop/bakery that sells everything from Breakfast Bagels to Haupia (coconut) Pie.

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There’s a couple other restaraunts such as Boogie Woogie Pizza where you can get pizza by the slice or by the pan and Sukothai which happens to be very popular, however, they weren’t open at the time I drove by.

Of course these aren’t the only restaraunts in Puna… these are just the ones in Pahoa.

Keaau, Volcano, and Kalapana all have at least one restaraunt and you can often find lunch wagons just set up along the roads.

So come on out to Pahoa and grab a bite to eat the next time you’re on the Big Island!

Mighty Sushi Opening in Pahoa


I noticed a while back that Trish’s Trinket shop was closing up in the Pahoa Market Place and was told that Native Hawaiian Health Care System might be relocating there…I guess I was told wrong.

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Mighty Sushi is Opening soon in that exact location.

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