Big Island Sights

Pahoa Town

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Published 09/02/2015

Fodor's Review

This eclectic little town is reminiscent of the Wild West, with its wooden boardwalks and vintage buildings—not to mention a reputation as a pot growers' haven. Founded originally to serve the sugar plantation community, today it's a free-spirited throwback to the '60s and '70s. You'll see plenty of hippies, vets, survivalists, woofers (workers on organic farms), yoga students, and other colorful characters pursuing alternative lifestyles. Secondhand stores, tie-dye/hemp clothing boutiques, smoke shops and art/antiques galleries add to the "trippy" experience. Pahoa's funky main street—with buildings dating to 1910—boasts a handful of excellent, local-style eateries. To get here, turn southeast onto Highway 130 at Keaau, and drive 11 miles and follow signs to the Village. (Note: As of this writing, lava flows from Kilauea Volcano's east rift zone had crossed into the town's boundaries, destroying some buildings and flowing through the town's cemetary. If they cross Highway 130, the entire area will be accessible to local residents only through evacuation routes. Civil Defense does not allow sightseeing of the lava flows.)

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Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778, United States

Published 09/02/2015


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