Guidebook for Keaau

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Guidebook for Keaau

Food Scene

Inexpensive and island atmosphere. The staff is genuinely friendly. Much cheaper than any of the fast food chains.
K's Drive In
194 Hualalai Street
Inexpensive and island atmosphere. The staff is genuinely friendly. Much cheaper than any of the fast food chains.
Coffee, pies, ice cream. They use frozen coffee for ice cubes so your iced coffee doesn't get watered down. The locals love it.
Hilo Sharks Chocolate
41 Waianuenue Avenue
Coffee, pies, ice cream. They use frozen coffee for ice cubes so your iced coffee doesn't get watered down. The locals love it.
The eclectic little town of Pahoa is fun to shop and get a cup of coffee. The downtown shops and restaurants are just a hoot!
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Pāhoa
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The eclectic little town of Pahoa is fun to shop and get a cup of coffee. The downtown shops and restaurants are just a hoot!
Excellent food and good service. Lots of seating. Quality hamburger and fries $10, prime rib $25 (as of Dec. 2012). Beer and cocktails available.
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Kaleo's Bar & Grill
15-2969 Pahoa Village Road
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Excellent food and good service. Lots of seating. Quality hamburger and fries $10, prime rib $25 (as of Dec. 2012). Beer and cocktails available.
Primarily crepes but authentic. Good atmosphere. A little patience is required. Tablecloths were stained and tables were topped with butcher paper but still good food. Reasonably priced (for Hawaii).
Le Magic Pan
64 Keawe Street
Primarily crepes but authentic. Good atmosphere. A little patience is required. Tablecloths were stained and tables were topped with butcher paper but still good food. Reasonably priced (for Hawaii).
Ethnically diverse island cuisine.
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Cafe Pesto - Hilo
308 Kamehameha Avenue
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Ethnically diverse island cuisine.
Awesome food served with a decorative orchid and cut banana leaf. Outside seating in a beautiful landscaped tropical setting. Walk to lava viewing. Run by the oldest family on the Big Island.
Kalapana Village Cafe'
12-5037 Pahoa Kalapana Road
Awesome food served with a decorative orchid and cut banana leaf. Outside seating in a beautiful landscaped tropical setting. Walk to lava viewing. Run by the oldest family on the Big Island.
Good Tuscany cuisine. Owned by Chef Paolo. Dinner Thursday thru Sunday 5-9 pm.
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Paolo's Bistro
15-2955 Pahoa Village Road
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Good Tuscany cuisine. Owned by Chef Paolo. Dinner Thursday thru Sunday 5-9 pm.

Shopping

Great selection of candies. Unique store in a great place to shop, downtown Hilo. Candy by the pound, huge variety, mix and match.
Sugar Coast Candy
270 Kamehameha Avenue
Great selection of candies. Unique store in a great place to shop, downtown Hilo. Candy by the pound, huge variety, mix and match.
Touristy trinkets but some cool stuff. On Thanksgiving, I cracked open an oyster with 2 pearls inside at the jewelry counter for less than $6. They even drilled setting holes in them for free.
Hilo Hattie
111 East Puainako Street
Touristy trinkets but some cool stuff. On Thanksgiving, I cracked open an oyster with 2 pearls inside at the jewelry counter for less than $6. They even drilled setting holes in them for free.
Lots of stores. Department stores, surf shops, shoes, clothes, food, gaming. Across the street from Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Home Depot, Target, Safeway and more.
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Prince Kuhio Plaza
111 E East Puainako Street
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Lots of stores. Department stores, surf shops, shoes, clothes, food, gaming. Across the street from Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Home Depot, Target, Safeway and more.
We usually manage to find some silly small thing that we like or could use at the Salvation Army Store. Lots of their stuff is overpriced but there are definitely cool things to be had for cheap.
The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store
194 Kamehameha Avenue
We usually manage to find some silly small thing that we like or could use at the Salvation Army Store. Lots of their stuff is overpriced but there are definitely cool things to be had for cheap.
Some of the most beautiful antique furniture I've ever seen. We met Bryan- a great guy and brilliant connoisseur. His brother refinishes some of the pieces. Definitely worth seeing.
Bryan Booth Fine Furniture Antiques & Restoration
94 Ponahawai Street
Some of the most beautiful antique furniture I've ever seen. We met Bryan- a great guy and brilliant connoisseur. His brother refinishes some of the pieces. Definitely worth seeing.

Everything Else

The tidepools here are very extensive, as well as beautiful. The pools are nice and calm and easy to get around. Great snorkeling, wear water shoes!
Kapoho Beach Road
The tidepools here are very extensive, as well as beautiful. The pools are nice and calm and easy to get around. Great snorkeling, wear water shoes!

Sightseeing

Clothing-optional beach. No need to be self-conscious about your body. Steep climb. Drum circle on Sundays. Gay on Mondays. Spinner dolphins jump and play on sunny mornings.
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Kehena Black Sand Beach
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Clothing-optional beach. No need to be self-conscious about your body. Steep climb. Drum circle on Sundays. Gay on Mondays. Spinner dolphins jump and play on sunny mornings.
This is the location of Uncle Roberts Wednesday night farmers market, live music great food. From the path to the beach you can see the active lava flow 3 miles away.
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Kalapana
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This is the location of Uncle Roberts Wednesday night farmers market, live music great food. From the path to the beach you can see the active lava flow 3 miles away.
Beautiful 422 foot waterfall with beautiful walking paths and lots of tall bamboo. Small unseen creatures actually climb the falls to the place of their birth.
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ʻAkaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls Road
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Beautiful 422 foot waterfall with beautiful walking paths and lots of tall bamboo. Small unseen creatures actually climb the falls to the place of their birth.
The Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation is the world's largest processor of macadamia seeds. The American company has been a subsidiary of The Hershey Company since 2004. .
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Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center
16-701 Macadamia Road
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The Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation is the world's largest processor of macadamia seeds. The American company has been a subsidiary of The Hershey Company since 2004. .
The only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S. Free admission. More than 60 species of animals. More than 40 species of plants, flowers, and trees and a male white Bengal Tiger named Namaste'
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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
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The only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S. Free admission. More than 60 species of animals. More than 40 species of plants, flowers, and trees and a male white Bengal Tiger named Namaste'
130-acre urban park. Features one of four impressive statues of King Kamehameha. There is a long black sand beach here. Coconut Island Park has good swimming, including a sheltered pool for children.
Bayfront Park
130-acre urban park. Features one of four impressive statues of King Kamehameha. There is a long black sand beach here. Coconut Island Park has good swimming, including a sheltered pool for children.
Liliuokalani Park and Botanic Gardens, next to Coconut Gardens. This is the largest ornamental Japanese garden outside of Japan.
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Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden
123 North Kuakini Street
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Liliuokalani Park and Botanic Gardens, next to Coconut Gardens. This is the largest ornamental Japanese garden outside of Japan.
The "4-mile scenic drive" down Onomea Rd. snakes through a lush tropical rain forest lined with streams. Enjoy reathtaking views of the ocean. The Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Garden are located here.
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Onomea Bay
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The "4-mile scenic drive" down Onomea Rd. snakes through a lush tropical rain forest lined with streams. Enjoy reathtaking views of the ocean. The Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Garden are located here.
Ahalanui Park is a natural geothermal tide pool that visitors can soak in. Family friendly with a lifeguard on duty until 4pm. It is located just down the road from Isaac Hale Beach Park.
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Ahalanui County Beach Park
14-5363 Kalapana - Kapoho Road
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Ahalanui Park is a natural geothermal tide pool that visitors can soak in. Family friendly with a lifeguard on duty until 4pm. It is located just down the road from Isaac Hale Beach Park.
Isaac Hale Beach Park is an oceanfront park, boat launch and surf location along Pohoiki Bay. It is only one of a few places in the Southeast shore of Hawaii that allows for such facilities.
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Isaac Hale Park
13-101 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Road
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Isaac Hale Beach Park is an oceanfront park, boat launch and surf location along Pohoiki Bay. It is only one of a few places in the Southeast shore of Hawaii that allows for such facilities.
13-acre park shaded by ironwoods. Low-cliffed, wild volcanic coastline with picnicking & tent camping. Good shore fishing. Coastal trail traverses the park. No drinking water. Rest rooms available.
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MacKenzie State Recreation Area
State Highway 137
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13-acre park shaded by ironwoods. Low-cliffed, wild volcanic coastline with picnicking & tent camping. Good shore fishing. Coastal trail traverses the park. No drinking water. Rest rooms available.
Located 2.7 miles southeast of Pāhoa in the Puna District on the island of Hawaii. It preserves lava molds of the tree trunks that were formed when a lava flow swept through a forested area in 1790.
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Lava Tree State Monument
Hawaii 132
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Located 2.7 miles southeast of Pāhoa in the Puna District on the island of Hawaii. It preserves lava molds of the tree trunks that were formed when a lava flow swept through a forested area in 1790.
It encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive volcano. The park gives scientists insight into the birth of Hawaii.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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It encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive volcano. The park gives scientists insight into the birth of Hawaii.
An atmospheric baseline station on Mauna Loa volcano. Since 1956 Mauna Loa Observatory has been monitoring and collecting data relating to atmospheric change and especially atmospheric CO2.
Mauna Loa Observatory
1437 Kilauea Avenue
An atmospheric baseline station on Mauna Loa volcano. Since 1956 Mauna Loa Observatory has been monitoring and collecting data relating to atmospheric change and especially atmospheric CO2.
A dormant volcano upon which are sited some of the world's most important ground-based astronomical observatories. The observatories are an independent collection of astronomical research facilities.
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Mauna Kea
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A dormant volcano upon which are sited some of the world's most important ground-based astronomical observatories. The observatories are an independent collection of astronomical research facilities.
Also known as South Point. Nothing but deep-blue ocean between Ka Lae and Antarctica. That’s because you're at the southern most point in the U.S.. A rare green sand beach is located at South Point.
Ka Lae o Hoaiku
Also known as South Point. Nothing but deep-blue ocean between Ka Lae and Antarctica. That’s because you're at the southern most point in the U.S.. A rare green sand beach is located at South Point.

Essentials

Find local fruits and vegetables including papaya, pineapple, bananas, passion fruit, local crafts, jewelry, orchids and more. The market is in full swing on Wednesdays but runs all week long.
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Hilo Farmers Market
Mamo St & Kamehameha Ave
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Find local fruits and vegetables including papaya, pineapple, bananas, passion fruit, local crafts, jewelry, orchids and more. The market is in full swing on Wednesdays but runs all week long.
Very friendly market with reasonably priced (for Hawaii) groceries, fresh meat, beer, wine and liquor. Deli and ATM inside.
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Mālama Market
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Very friendly market with reasonably priced (for Hawaii) groceries, fresh meat, beer, wine and liquor. Deli and ATM inside.

Arts & Culture

Exhibits and shows dealing with Hawaiian culture and history, astronomy and the overlap between the two. ‘Imiloa includes a 120-seat planetarium, which features a fulldome video projection system.
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Imiloa Astronomy Center
600 Imiloa Place
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Exhibits and shows dealing with Hawaiian culture and history, astronomy and the overlap between the two. ‘Imiloa includes a 120-seat planetarium, which features a fulldome video projection system.
Extensive displays on Hawaiian culture and is renowned for its collection of shells & minerals, including a specimen of orlymanite. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution since 2002
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Lyman Museum & Mission House
276 Haili Street
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Extensive displays on Hawaiian culture and is renowned for its collection of shells & minerals, including a specimen of orlymanite. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution since 2002
This 4,000 square foot facility is free to the public and is open Tuesday through Saturday 9AM to 4 PM. Interactive displays, engaging three-dimensional models & immersive theater.
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Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
76 Kamehameha Avenue
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This 4,000 square foot facility is free to the public and is open Tuesday through Saturday 9AM to 4 PM. Interactive displays, engaging three-dimensional models & immersive theater.
The museum is dedicated to the history of the April 1, 1946 Pacific tsunami and the May 23, 1960 Chilean tsunami which devastated much of the east coast of the Big Island, especially Hilo.
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Pacific Tsunami Museum
130 Kamehameha Avenue
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The museum is dedicated to the history of the April 1, 1946 Pacific tsunami and the May 23, 1960 Chilean tsunami which devastated much of the east coast of the Big Island, especially Hilo.