Pictures From the Punatic Auction

I mentioned the other day that the Punatic Cyber Cafe was closing and having an auction today.

Here are some random pictures from the auction:

And of course it wouldn’t be a Punatic event without Jon the “Chicken Man” Chicks in attendance:

They were selling their “GOODS” as well:

“Ground Zero” Party at the Punatic Cyber Cafe

12 Noon Until the North Korean Missiles Strike

12 Noon Until the North Korean Missiles Strike

I just stopped by the Punatic Cyber Cafe and they have quite a gathering of people for lunch and this “Ground Zero” party they are having to honor the incoming North Korea Missiles.


“Radioactive” Chili is just $4.00 bucks a bowl, Footlong “Missile” Dogs are only $2.50 and “Dirty Bomb” Mocha’s are just $4.00.


They are featuring live music right now, and it looks like Hurley from LOST is up first.

Is Hurley LOST at the Punatic Cyber Cafe?

Is Hurley LOST at the Punatic Cyber Cafe?

So come check out the Punatic Cyber Cafe as we await these incoming Missiles.


The owner of Punatic Cyber Cafe, Mike Hale,  has promised me that  if a missile hits Puna… free coffee will be on the house.  Just teasing, Mike didn’t say that.

But if a missile were to hit Puna… sitting in a coffee house is probably the way to go out.

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!

Puna “Youtube Event” in the Making… Calling All Creative Puna People

Mike Hale, of the Punatic Cyber Cafe, talks about a new project that is seeking Puna people for a “Cyber” documentary.  It sounds kind of like a spin off of MTV’s “Real World” where they follow a cast of characters around and just show what their every day life is like in Puna.

This is a call to action for local musicians, artists and eccentric characters. We need filmers and characters for local drama-documentary-comedy series being kicked off as a non-profit community service. Were here For Puna & Pahoas Talent.


The Punatic Cyber Cafe now has it’s own youtube site that you can find here.

Momentum is building as more and more Raving Punatics come out of the woodwork to film or be filmed. Here, too-long-time resident “Drainbow Dark” previously known as “Rainbow Light” has been booted off the property- twice- by the cops- not shown.


Big Island BookBuyers Moves Into Pahoa Town


Big Island BookBuyers has moved from it’s former location at Pahoa Market Place inside of Punatic Cyber Cafe, to the building that formerly was the home to Island Trust’s Pahoa branch.


The place Buys, Sells and Trades books of all genres.


The place just opened yesterday, so they are still in the process of filling up the shelfs.


It’s a great place to find a book or just browse around talk story with others.


Owner Mary Bicknell had the following to say while thanking the community for the help in getting the store opened.