Location Guide

Pahoa Town

For the Chic Eco Yurt renters or prospective buyers, nearby Puna treasures below are for your pleasure ...

Only 25 minutes from/to Hilo, Pahoa is a fun eclectic village with an award-wining restaurant and outstanding health food store. Near Lava Tree State Park and a mere 5 miles from home to markets. Approx 15 miles from warm ponds, tide pools, champagne ponds, and approx 20 miles from Kehena Black Sands Beach. Kalapana is about a 20-minute drive south where Uncle Robert's is located.

Know that nearby snorkeling equipment and swim accessories at Long's Drug Store or Malama Market. Prices are reasonably low.

Not every Pahoa vendor is listed below. Instead, find local eats and nearby sites that I personally favor.


Kaleo's Bar & Grill

Awarded the best in Pahoa Town! Has adjacent parking lot; read Trip Advisory reviews.

Best fish 'n chips local fast food on island, plus homemade coleslaw. Located in Malama Shopping Center by Subway. Get there between 11am-6pm; hours fluctuate.

Popular breakfast spot with owner's farm produce, honey + more in center of Pahoa Town.

Tin Shack Bakery + Cafe

Tricky to find off Pahoa Village Road, but oh so worthy for breakfast or lunch! The bakery specializes in sourdough breads and find some raw food treats. Internet access station as well. Closed Sundays.

Shops - Groceries

Island Naturals

Pahoa health food market and deli.

When it comes to food, Island Naturals is your premier source for quality natural and organic foods on the Big Island of Hawaii. Pahoa is one of three locations. 

Custom surfboards, rental equipment, swimwear, body care -- and oh, so much more!

Moana Boutique
Natural Organic Handcrafted products made- designed by local artist! Hemp, bamboo, dream-catchers, oofos, stones, jewelry & Dazey Hemp Skincare.

Jungle Love

Apparel, housewares, paraphernalia, gifts and toys. Free maps of Puna.

Malama Market 

Nice grocery store in the Malama Shopping Center with a variety of shops and eats conveniently in Pahoa.

Puna Web 

Regional vendors list includes ACE Hardware and Long's Drugstore. Discover the forum also, -- ranging from politics to classifieds and gardening, where you're invited to participate.

Farmers' Markets

See Hilo + Puna for regional options on Go Hawai'i.

In Nanawale Estates (where the yurt is located) the community office + recreation area has a nice Sunday small market.
Be sure to visit Uncle Robert’s Farmers Market (community pride) during your stay.

Sites + Activities

Close to Nanawale Estates, find lava trees that can be seen in places where in the past, fast-flowing pahoehoe lava streams hit wet ohi'a trees. Enjoy the tropical trees, plants and flora.

Hawaii National Parks

Warm Pond
This volcanic-heated spring-fed pool in Ahalanui Park is part natural and part man-made; approximately 15 miles from the yurt.

Kapoho Tide Pools

The warm, brackish water is usually very calm, relaxing, and rarely crowded. A wide variety of fish are also attracted to the area so snorkeling is easy and fascinating. Follow signage to shores and do respect private properties.

This is a well shaded black sand beach protected by steep cliffs and tall trees. Swimming can often be hazardous due to rough current and high waves. It is a popular nudity beach for locals.

Terrific place for a picnic and view the beautiful landscape as you stroll.

Liliuokalani Gardens

Created in the early 1900's, the ornamental gardens are named for Queen Liliuokalani, a Hawaiian monarch. Located on Banyon drive next to Coconut Island, it is dedicated to Japanese immigrants living in Hilo. Find plenty of walkers and joggers.

Umauma Falls & Zipline

Try the Umauma Falls & Zipline experience! Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, beautiful waterfalls and lush rainforest of the Hamakua Coast await you. Several tour options, plus the garden riverwalk.


There is only one crater-lake in Hawai`i. Green Lake occupies part of the floor of Kapoho Crater. This cone in lower Puna was formed by magma, erupting through groundwater 300-350 years ago. The lake developed soon thereafter; it was known to Hawaiians as Ka Wai a Pele, according to Ellis' 1823 account.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Founded 1984 to public by owner Dan J. Lutkenhouse with his wife Pauline. Enjoy their introductory video for visuals, read history, and note directions before you visit the gardens and gift shopEnjoy the video ...

Exciting Kilauea's lava flow approached Pahoa Town late 2014! Prayers answered and the lava stalled before the Pahoa shopping centers closed up. Preventive construction also saved the town. If the flow ever crosses highway 130, alternative road routes with tropical island views will be available.



Masseuse Jeremiah Justesen resides in the same Nanawale neighborhood. See his facebook page for services and contact info.

Contact Stephanie Joerke, Licensed Massage Therapist in nearby Keaau, to make a house-call appointment.

Feel free to ask Delia, your host, for a local healer to suit your needs.