The Best Beaches to Visit in Pahoa on The Big Island of Hawaii

After you’re done booking car rentals, the best thing to do is check out the beaches in the area. Here are the best spots to visit in Pahoa!

Google Reviews in this blog post were captured on November 18, 2021.


In this blog post, discover the best beach spots to visit in the Pahoa area. Find out the rating for each place, what each location has to offer, and other vital information for your travels.

If you are planning a trip to The Big Island of Hawaii, make sure to rent a vehicle from a local car rental company. Booking car rentals does not have to be a hassle. Visit to get the most affordable prices on the entire island.

Now, after you’ve made a reservation for a rental car, you’ll want to check out these top beach destinations in Pahoa. First on our list…

Kehena Black Sand Beach

  • Google Rating: 4.7 out of 422 Google reviews

  • Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

  • Address: 12-7124 Kalapana – Kapoho Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778, United States

  • Activities: swim, dolphin-watch, hike, drum, dance

The Kehena Black Sand Beach located in the Puna district is one of the most amazing beaches in the area. The dark sand provides a warm and relaxing atmosphere alongside the beautiful palm trees. Also, it’s likely you’ll meet locals there who know how to have a good time.

Pohoiki Black Sand Beach AKA Isaac Hale Park

  • Google Rating: 4.7 out of 72 Google reviews

  • Hours: 7 AM to 6 PM

  • Address: 13-101 Kalapana – Kapoho Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778, United States

  • Activities: walking, hiking, hot springs, picnic (blanket)

The Pohoiki Black Sand Beach is a lovely spot to take long walks. It is not the best place for swimming in the ocean though. However, there are natural hot thermal baths that are so perfect for soaking. Please, enter at your own risk and do not enter with any open wounds.


Kaimu Beach Park

  • Google Rating: 4.6 out of 254 Google reviews

  • Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

  • Address: Kaimu Beach Park, Pāhoa, HI 96778, United States (insert in Google Maps)

  • Activities: walking, hiking, rock stacking, ocean gazing

The Kaimu Beach Park is very close to Uncle Robert’s Farmers Market which is open everyday. You can take a nice walk to and from the farmers market and the beach. Wednesday are the best days to visit since the locals and tourists gather with vendors and live music until 10 PM.


Shipman Beach AKA Haena Beach

  • Google Rating: 4.5 out of 161 Google reviews

  • Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

  • Address: Shipman Beach / Haena Beach, Keaau, HI 96749, United States (insert in Google Maps)

  • Activities: walking, hiking, swimming, sea turtle-watching, picnic (blanket)

The Shipman Beach is worth the hike. You’ll have to walk about 3.3 miles to get there. However, the trail is mostly flat with some muddy spots. So, bring proper foot attire. When you get there, take a dip then lay out a towel in the grass to get some sun.


Before coming to Hawaii to visit all of these beautiful beaches in Pahoa, make sure you have a vehicle. Booking car rentals on The Big Island is easy. Remember, the best service and most affordable rates come from local car rental companies. We recommend Car In Hawaii — they have a phone 808936634seven — so give them a call today!

Do You Have Vehicle Needs? Here’s Why Should You Rent a Car in Hawaii

Rent a rental car or auto for hire weekly and monthly on The Big Island of Hawaii. We have rental insurance as well!


Car In Hawaii has the most affordable rates

Do you have vehicle needs? At Car In Hawaii, we offer locals and tourists the same rates. Plus, we offer Low-Cost Guarantees, so that when you get a quote from another company, we will beat it and offer 5% off on top of that.

Further, if you want to rent a rental car or auto for hire on a weekly and monthly basis — we offer even more affordable rates with longer reservations.

After you book a rental car on our website, you can choose to have your vehicle dropped off where you are at a reasonable drop-off fee. However, our office is based in Hilo and you are welcome to pick it up too.

Why you need a car in Hawaii


If you live on the island of Hawaii, you know how challenging it is to get from place to place. At Car In Hawaii, we provide all different kinds of auto vehicles so that you can take a trip to any beach.

Select from economy cars, vans, 4×4’s, and trucks — everything to meet your unique transportation needs.

Currently, there is a car shortage in Hawaii, so if you need a vehicle we highly advise that you reserve your rental car reservation today.

Moreover, the roads are long and beautiful on The Big Island. So, when you want to explore the island from end to end, it’s best to have a safe vehicle to drive in.

Get to all the beaches that you want to go to. Get to all your unique grocery shopping destinations. Get to your friend’s houses. Get to the other side of the island. Get to where you need to go with Car In Hawaii.

We have rental insurance

Next, while we hope that you don’t get into one, we know that accidents happen. We want you to be safe on the road so — we have rental insurance.

If you don’t have personal auto insurance available, don’t worry. Contact our company and we can get you covered.

If you have vehicle needs and are concerned about the price — again, don’t worry. We offer the best prices on the island.

You can save up to 50% when you rent a rental car or auto for hire weekly and monthly with Car In Hawaii — this includes rental insurance!

The best auto rental business in Hawaii

In the end, we understand the challenge of not having a vehicle on The Big Island of Hawaii. We’re here to help. With the most affordable rental car rates, you can cruise like a local or a tourist with peace of mind.

If you have rental vehicle needs, Car In Hawaii has got you covered. We can serve you a good car, at good prices, with good service.

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The Best Restaurants With Outdoor Dining To Eat At In Pahoa

The three best places to dine-in or take-out in Pahoa with outdoor seating.

  1. Kaleo’s Bar & Grill

  • Hours: Daily 11:30 AM – 8 PM

  • Phone Number: 808-965-5600

  • Address: 15-2969 Pahoa Village Road Pahoa, Hawaii 96778

  • Service: Dine-In & Take-Out


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Kaleo’s Bar & Grill is the closest restaurant to the ocean in Pahoa. It serves up amazing local-style cuisine. They have starters and salads making it a great place to sit down. Treat yourself to various pasta dishes or entrees too.

Moreover, try the specials that come straight from the sea. Some local favorites are the Chicken Katsu, Kalua Pork & Cabbage, and the Tempura Fresh Catch.

Everything is reasonably priced. Yet, the high-quality ingredients are plated like you’re eating at a fine dining restaurant. Kaleo’s Bar & Grill is very impressive. Dining outside with your meal will definitely make you feel happy.

  1. Tin Shack Bakery

  • Hours: Closed Sundays | Open 8 AM – 2 PM

  • Phone Number: 808-965-9659

  • Address: 15-1500 Akeakamai Loop, PO Box 750 Pahoa, Hawaii 96778

  • Service: Dine-In & Take-Out


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The Tin Shack Bakery is one of those local holes in the walls. It doesn’t look like much, but tasting the fresh baked goods will make you change your mind about first impressions.

Alongside fresh daily baked goods, the hot spot offers coffee and specialty drinks. Treat yourself to the Golden Milk Tin Shack Style or House Made Organic Kombucha. Or have you ever heard of Mushroom Moringa Matcha Tea Latte? No? They have it there!

On top of these things, the Tin Shack has sourdough bagel plates. Order toasted bagels loaded with fresh veggies like tomatoes, capers, and sprouts. You’ll have to visit them again for their signature eggs benedicts too.


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  1. Pele’s Kitchen

  • Hours: Open Sundays 7:30 AM – Noon

  • Phone Number: (808) 935-0550

  • Address: 152923 Pahoa Village Rd Pahoa, Hawaii 96778

  • Service: Dine-In & Take-Out


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Pele’s Kitchen is the freshest breakfast joint in Pahoa. Make sure you visit them on Sundays because it’s the only day they’re open. The unique farm-to-table restaurant highlights local fruits and veggies. You will taste the island’s tropical style in their dishes.

The cuisines offered include breakfasts, seafood, chicken, salads, and sandwiches. Desserts are also served. Don’t forget to ask for Pele’s Kitchen 7-Kine Peppa Sauce and homemade Hawaiian chocolate bars.

At Pele’s, you’ll have art around you and on your plate. Their colorful breakfasts will brighten your day. Plus, since it’s a morning spot, you’ll be starting your day right. And the meals are truly homemade too.

Map Of The Best Outdoor Restaurants In Pahoa

Included below is a map of all the restaurants reviewed in this blog post for easy navigation.

During the pandemic, it’s good to visit places with proper accommodation. The restaurants in this post were specifically chosen because of their outdoor seating. We hope that you and your family stay safe.

Car rentals to get to restaurants on the Big Island


Do you need a car while you’re in Pahoa? If you are looking for a rental car, Car In Hawaii has well-maintained cars available for rent. Plus, they give the best Low-Cost Guarantee on the island.

If you book a reservation with a cheaper price quote, Car In Hawaii will match it and give you a discount of 5%. Not only is this car rental company the best priced, but they deliver the vehicles too.

The company offers a wide variety of well-maintained cars. Choose from compact cars to 4×4’s for your journey around the island and to the amazing restaurants listed above.

Visit Car In Hawaii’s website to book your reservation today!

Community meeting


I would like to invite you to a community meeting to speak with me about the work I have been doing in my capacity as a council member to advocate on behalf of constituents since my recent decision to refrain from legislating until the County Council’s attorney assures me that I am not incurring criminal liability for war crimes.

Date: Monday, October 15th

Time: 6pm

Place: Keaʻau Community Center

The meeting stems from an announcement that I made on August 21st stating that I had come to understand that I may be in violation of my oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

During my last town hall I made a presentation explaining the legal framework I am complying with and the work I have been doing to fulfill my duties as a council member. I had announced that I would be holding frequent town halls to keep everyone updated on how I am advocating for the rights of protected persons and my district, and putting every agent of the United States on notice concerning the rights of protected persons. I handed out copies of the letter I sent to Queen’s Hospital and 32 Hawaii circuit court judges concerning foreclosures.

I welcome you to bring your questions as there will be time reserved to ask questions and comment on this complex topic with profound implications.

While many understand the importance of what I am doing and why, there are almost just as many who do not understand why I do not just simply resign if I cannot legislate. This is a very reasonable position, and before looking into the law, I would agree with them. Plus, in all honestly, resigning would certainly be a lot easier for me personally. Based on my Oath, however, resigning would not be the legally appropriate action for me to take. Here’s how:

I swore to defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution; Article 6, is where my oath comes from. Article 6 is also the supremacy clause which says treaties are the supreme law of the land of which I, as a legislator, am bound to uphold. The Hague and Geneva Conventions are treaties the U.S. ratified. Even Title 18 of U.S. Code defines “war crime” as any breach to U.S. ratified international treaties and makes specific mention to Geneva.

Please also see for yourself that Corporation Counsel did not assure me, (consistent with the legal definition of “assure”), that I will not be incurring criminal liability for legislating. He also did not dispute Hawaii’s illegal occupation, or the commission of war crimes against protected persons. Because of this I have now been put in the position as a whistleblower. There are legal guidelines that I must follow now as an agent of the U.S. and the treaties I am bound to; I display these in the presentation. According the Geneva convention I must go through the greatest pains ensure respect for the convention in all circumstances and advocate for the rights of protected persons, which I am doing every day. Resigning would disregard my duty to ensure respect for the Geneva Convention and would my duty to advocate for protected persons as an agent of the U.S. Resigning would not be in alignment with supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution.

If you were not able to attend my last town hall here is the video of my presentation. The presentation is about 40 minutes. I encourage you to watch it if you didn’t get a chance. I also welcome you to send me any questions you might have.

I am continuing to work in my office, continuing to take phone calls, emails, and meetings, and continuing to serve as a liaison between my constituents and the various government departments to find solutions to our complaints. I am advocating for the rights of my constituents as protected persons, which include Americans, while putting every agent of the U.S. concerning the rights of protected persons on notice. I will be holding frequent town halls and publishing press releases to keep everyone informed on what I am working on. Every action I am taking is diligently in compliance with the laws that dictate my responsibility as a council member.

Here is a link to the U.N. Human Rights Office of High Commissioner’s memorandum. It is one and a half pages. The United States sat on this council when Dr. deZayas was elected, the U.S. did not dispute his appointment, probably because he’s actually an American and a Harvard graduate. He uses the terms “plundering,” “enabling,” and “colluding.” This was sent to Hawaii State Judges in February of this year. I do not take it lightly, resigning and/or continuing to legislate U.S. law and sticking my head in the sand, I believe, is not what I was elected for.

Thank you for taking the time to try and understand this complex issue, and again, if you have any questions, I welcome you to email me back, or call my office at 808-961-8263.



Monday Town Hall


I hope this finds you well on this sunny Tuesday I would like to invite you to an important community meeting I am hosting to give you the opportunity to speak with me or just listen about the recent decision I made to refrain from legislating until the county attorney can assure me that I am not committing war crimes.

This meeting stems from an announcement that I made on August 21st stating that I had come to understand that I may be in violation of my oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution and may be incurring criminal liability under both U.S. federal law and international law.

To ensure all of your questions will be answered my attorney who I worked with to draft the letter to our county attorney will also be present along with Dr. Keanu Sai. Dr. Sai, a Puna constituent, is a scholar and expert in international law as well as United States constitutional law. Heʻs been admitted as an expert in international law and the continued existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom in several criminal and civil court cases in the State of Hawai‘i. Dr. Sai is serving as the lead agent for the Hawaiian Kingdom in international arbitration proceedings before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague, Netherlands.

I want to be transparent in my reasoning and explain what prompted me to take this action so will be providing copies of the letter from the United Nations Human Rights Council, and other relevant handouts, and educate you on your status as a protected person. I would also like to share the work I have been doing to continue to represent and advocate on behalf of our district. Time will be reserved for your questions, feedback, and comments on this profoundly implicating topic. Snacks will be provided.

Date: Monday, September 24th

Time: 6pm to 7:30pm

Place: Kea`au Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St.)

Hope to see you there.


Jen Ruggles

Hawaii County Council

District 5, Puna


Final Meeting for Pahoa Scholarship Fundraiser-Wednesday 9-20 at 8:30 am

Aloha All,

Tomorrow is the final organizational meeting for the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Pahoa Schools Scholarship Fund….the steak and vegan feast.

Please step up and get involved, if only thru your credit card. This is important stuff.

Attached you will find the poster for the event…..Saturday, September 30th, at Sacred Heart Church from 10am to 2pm…. full steak or vegan lasagna meal for only $15.

You can purchase or donate at:

Mahalo Nui to Leslie at Kaleos Bar and Grill for her most-generous donation of $5,000 to the scholarship fund….helping graduating Seniors from HAAS, KUA O KA LA and Pahoa…..PLEASE step up and help the keiki…

My most sincere thanks for your consideration…this is important stuff…

Mahalo Nui….

Mark Hinshaw


Pahoa Booster Club and Scholarship Fund

County Council and Committee Meetings – Kona Sept 19 & 20

Agendas for the upcoming meetings


You’ll find below links to the agendas for the 4 Committee Meetings of the County Council to be held in Kailua-Kona at the County’s West Hawaii chambers. The Committee Meetings on on Tuesday, Sept. 19th and the Council meeting is on Wednesday, Sept. 20th. You can also testify remotely by email to counciltestimony and from any of the remote video conferencing sites (Pahoa Council Office, Waimea Council Office, Kohala, and Na`alehu.

Bill 13 – The limited polystyrene ban is up for its 2nd read on Wed. Sept 20th. It passed first read with a 7:2 vote, so let’s hope it fares as well on its second read!

Eileen O’Hara, Councilmember
Hawaii County Council, Dist 4

Tuesday Sept 19th Committee Agendas & Times
Planning Committee – 9:00 AM
Human Services and Social Services Committee – 9:30 AM
Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability Committee – 10:30 AM
Finance Committee – 1:00 PM

Wednesday Sept. 20th County Council Meeting
Council Meeting – 9:00 AM

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Farmer’s Markets in our Public Parks

Aloha e Kakou,

Councilmember Jen Ruggles will be taking testimony on Bill 47, a proposed Bill that would expand Farmer’s Markets to our Public Parks around the Island, including Pahoa’s new park. Currently only Kailua-Kona, Waimea and Honoka’a parks are allowed to have farmer’s markets. This needs to be expanded to include most all of our Parks. This allows locally grown produce to be sold locally within our communities.

Bill 47 was introduced by County Council Chair Valerie Poindexter and Seconded by Vice-Chair Karen Eoff.

We ask that you take a couple of minutes and support this very important Bill 47. You may write a simple letter of support to: Counciltestimony

Time is of the essence. All testimony must be submitted by July 5th. Following is the Agenda for the Parks and Rec Committee chaired by Jen Ruggles.

Mahalo for your consideration.

Mark Hinshaw


Pahoa Regional Town Center Planning Committee

Hawaii County Committee & Council Meeting May 2-3

Attached are the agendas for the Hawaii County Council Committees & Meeting for May 2nd and May 3rd. These meetings will be held in Kona although you can testify remotely from the Hilo County Bldg., the Pahoa Satellite office, and from Ka`u and Kohala as noted in the attached agendas. You can also email or mail in testimony. I have 4 Resolutions for Contingency funds pending at the May 3rd Council meeting:

  • support the Police Football Clinic & Youth Football Tournament,

  • provide funding for the Bodacious Ladies Feeding program,

  • funding for Big Island Invasive Species Committee, and

  • funding to Rainbow Friends for spay and neuter clinics.

Council will have meetings in Hilo May 16 & 17.
Planning Committee Agenda (2:00PM 5/2/17)
Finance Committee Agenda (2:30PM 5/2/17)
Council Agenda (9:00AM- 5/3/17)

Eileen O’Hara, Councilmember, Dist. 4
(808) 965-2712

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Rat Lungworm Disease Prevention Tips For Tourists in Hawaii

There has been a spike in confirmed rat lungworm cases recently in Hawaii. Puna, on the Big Island,  has been dealing with threats of rat lungworm disease since 2004, and now Maui has seen recent cases of rat lungworm disease (tragically, two of these recent cases was a couple on their honeymoon!). The introduction of the invasive semi-slug species in Puna is correlated with rat lungworm disease cases.

Rat lungworm is a parasite that humans can contract by ingesting infected slugs and snails. The rat lungworm parasite lives out its life cycle between rats and slugs and snails. The slugs eat rat poop which contains the parasite, and in turn, the rats eat slugs/snails. When a human gets infected, the parasite travels up the spinal cord into the brain where it lives out its life cycle (i.e., you have worms growing in your brain trying to find a way out). There is no cure and it is difficult to diagnose, and it is thought that there are many unreported or unconfirmed cases. Symptoms can be debilitating and severe- and can even lead to death or permanent disability. The disease can cause meningitis, excruciating nerve pain, paralyses, inability to urinate, and more.

Luckily, with a little bit of awareness, rat lungworm disease can be relatively easy to prevent. Here are some tips/info for avoiding rat lungworm disease during your Hawaii vacation:

  • If you prepare your own food and eat raw local greens, thoroughly wash and check each INDIVIDUAL leaf  for slug slime or slugs. Those of you staying in vacation rentals with kitchens will need to have extra awareness if you prepare your own meals.
    • Remove each leaf by hand- do not cut first- you can accidentally cut a little slug in half and not notice it that way. Baby slugs are very tiny and hard to spot. Rinse, repeat, and rinse again with potable water.
    • Some greens like kale are really difficult to clean thoroughly- I would recommend not eating kale raw unless if you are meticulous about checking every little fold in the greens.
    • Washing with vinegar does NOT kill the parasite.
    • Some have recommended soaking greens in ice water before cleaning, which helps harden any slugs and makes them fall off. Couldn’t hurt to try, as long as you wash each leaf by hand after.
    • Wash any fruits or vegetables you eat- don’t eat fruit right off the tree or veggies right from the garden.
    • Always wash with potable water. If you are staying at a vacation rental that is on catchment water, don’t use it as drinking water. Buy bottled water or refill water jugs with city water (there are public water stations around that you can fill up at).
  • Cooking or freezing greens kills the parasite. If you’re into kale smoothies, why not just throw your kale into the freezer for a day? Then you’ll know for sure that it is safe to ingest. Or, cook them! This way you can still eat healthy and also rest assured that you will not have any risk of rat lungworm disease.
  • Do not handle slugs with your bare hands or walk barefoot in the jungle. We know that the parasite can travel through abrasions on the skin, so theoretically, if you have cuts on your hands and you handle a slug and the slime goes into your cut, you could be infected. A small number of the parasites can be found in the slime of slugs and snails.
  • Be careful eating salads at restaurants and any potlucks/gatherings. You might want to ask the waiter if they use local greens and if they use rat lungworm prevention strategies. Most typical restaurants will use greens from Costco which are imported from the mainland, so the risk of contamination is a lot less.
  • Don’t stress out too much about it or cancel your trip! If you are aware, you can avoid the parasite. The State of Hawaii Department of Heath has not done a good job at helping spread awareness of this terrible parasite which they should be ashamed of. If tourists are aware of the parasite, they can know to take necessary precautions!