Visit These Top Five Destinations During Your Trip to Pahoa 

Check out these destination spots in The Puna District while you’re traveling on The Big Island of Hawaii in Pahoa.

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While you’re visiting the Puna District, you’ll want to check out these places in Pahoa. Listed below are five of the top places to visit in the area. First on the list…

1. Maku’u Farmers’ Market

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  • Hours: Sunday, 7 AM to 12 PM 
  • Address: 15-2131 Keaau-Pahoa HWY Pahoa, HI 96778

Maku’u Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday morning until noon. This is the biggest farmer’s market in the Independent District of Puna. 

You’ll find a bunch of local produce and food vendors as well as various forms of arts, crafts, and entertainment. 

Many people love to go for inexpensive but tasty meals. Cuisines range from local Hawaiian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, and more. 

Remember to get there early and find things fresh!

2. Hawaiian Sanctuary 

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Hawaiian Sanctuary is a 44-acre eco-friendly destination for retreats, community, and events. Book a room just like a hotel and stay in the local-styled accommodation. 

Or better yet — book a solo retreat where you’ll get access to the Hawaiian Sanctuary spaces as well as wellness events like Yoga and ecstatic dance. Moreover, you’ll get a vegan breakfast and lunch during your time in the haven. 

The center also offers courses on topics such as permaculture, housemade food and drink from their healthy kitchen, and services in the holistic spa. 

Don’t forget to enjoy their fruit gardens!

3. Rufus Poet’s Corner Market

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Rufus’ Poets Corner Market is a blend of local goods and creative arts. 

At the market, you’ll find local organic products like coffee and produce. Furthermore, the destination has many nursery plants for sale. 

On the other hand, you’ll encounter paintings and creative writing in the form of poetry and novels. The artwork is created by a Vietnam Veteran named Rufus who is also the market owner. Rufus has an amazing history, which includes writing his first novel in a Vietnam prison camp.

The Rufus Poet’s Corner Market is also a sustainability project. The land is open to projects. Contact Rufus at his website if you’re interested in leasing or investing in property or business.

Importantly, swing by to chat with the locals and talk story!

4. La Hiki Ola Kava Bar

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La Hiki Ola Kava Bar is a music venue, wellness bar, and lounge. Every Monday at 6 PM there is live music and open mic night. Relax in the creative lounging space and listen to live tunes.

While you’re there, taste the kombucha and kava wellness drinks from the bar. At La Hiki’s, there is fresh kombucha on tap with 10 different flavors to sample from! 

All in all, La Hiki’s is a great place to relax, feel the Aloha spirit, and hang out with friends.

5. Star of the Sea Painted Church

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  • Hours: Daily, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Address: 12-4815 Pahoa Kalapana Rd, Pahoa, HI 96778

Star of the Sea Painted Church is a part of the National Register of Historic Places. The current location of the church is not the original because it was moved multiple times during volcanic eruptions. The church’s beautiful artwork escaped the lava flow for many eyes to see.

The church contains amazing paintings that cover the surface of the walls as well as large stained glass mosaic pieces. Star of the Sea Painted Church is a perfect place to visit to embrace artwork and Roman Catholic history on the island.

If you are a believer of Jesus Christ, this church is a lovely place to pray!

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These five locations are just the beginning of what Pahoa has to offer. They are beautiful destinations to put on your travel list and feel the spirit of Aloha.

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Finally, check out “The Best Beaches to Visit in Pahoa on The Big Island of Hawaii” for more spots to add to your list. Mahalo!

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