Coolest Small Town in America Contest! Please open.


Pahoa is in the running for the Coolest Small Town in America, we are currently in 13th place. Please take a minute to cast your vote and you can vote once per day. Contest ends February 28th. As we all know, Pahoa needs all the help in can get and your vote can help. Please support all things Pahoa, our Schools, our merchants, our restaurants and our sense of place.

Mahalo nui and please feel free to forward this to as many as you can, and remember, you can vote once a day.

VOTE HERE>>>>>,16/


Mark Hinshaw


Mainstreet Pahoa Association, President

Pahoa Regional Town Center Planning, Steering Committee, Chair

Pahoa Athletics Booster Club, President

Happy Bellies

Even for the strict gluten free peeps, a delish cozy time at the Tin Shack Bakery in downtown Pahoa is highly recommended. Open since this recent October, Tin’s got the bombie espresso drinks and fresh loaves of happiness.

East Riff Art Show at HMOCA

Word on the street is that the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art in Hilo, also known as the East Hawaii Cultural Center, is hosting a vibrant gallery/runway of tattooed babes and alternative art. This unique gathering takes place on February 7th between 5:30 and 9:00 PM, and we’ve heard a tiny whisper that it could be one of the last events for HMOCA. Some body painting will happen and perhaps a performance by the Starfire Flame Sisters. This could be tribal, it could be rebellious, it could be sexy. Who knows? Mostly artist Mae Desmond, who seems to be cooking up an Afterparty. You don’t want to miss this. –puma

HEMFX in Hilo Tonight

Shaboom shabang, the final piece of digital transcendence is upon us. Tonight is the third and last night of the 10th annual Hawaii Electronic Music Festival, presented by Big Island Love. It’s happening at The Palace Theater at 8pm and will be crafted by artists Layla, Toben, Shakti, Opulence, Polyrhythmic, Muthafunka, Akira, Kaftan Uh Mu, Pheonix, Shaman’s Dream, Sky Makai and Luckey Brown. For more info visit

Photo by Puma Grey Photography

HEMF “X” Tonight in Pahoa

Tonight kicks off the 10th annual Hawaii Electronic Music Festival, presented by Big Island Love. With a spirit similar to Burningman, this event promotes underground artists and encourages open minds and a passion for life! It all starts in Pahoa tonight at 8pm at The Love Shack, featuring Kaftan Uh Mu, Toben, Opulence, Muthafunka and Oliver. For more info visit

photo by Puma Grey Photography