Pahoa, Hawaii – A Big Island Town With an Alternative Flair

Author: , July 30th, 2011
by Cindy & Richard Vogel, Ohia House, Pahoa, Big island, Hawaii
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The quaint old town Pahoa, this Hawaiian village has an alternative flair and started out in the late 1800’s as a lumber town making koa and ohia railroad ties and later became a sugar town.

Pahoa, Big IslandAround 1960 Pahoa was named the anthurium and papaya capital of the world. This historic town boasts several excellent restaurants, shops and galleries and even an open market on Sunday mornings.

Just a short drive is the beautiful Kalapana “new” black sand beach being created from the Kilauea lava flow, from there you can follow Hwy. 137 (red road) to the turquoise blue waters of Kehena Beach, watch closely and you’ll spot numerous dolphins, sea turtles, or whale watching during our winter months.

Pahoa WaterfallContinue on 137 through our tropical rainforest to MacKenzie State Recreation Area, Issac Hale Beach Park, where you can swim or watch our local surfers, or join them! This park, located a few miles away, and is where you will catch the Lava Boat tours.

Grab a snack from any one of the local snack trucks or continue on to Ahalanui Warm Springs for a therapeutic dip or enjoy unsurpassed snorkeling at Kapoho Tide Pools.

Some of the best snorkeling is on the Big Island, Kapoho Tide Pools where you can view a wide variety of tropical fish and coral. Just beyond this spot is the “Champagne Pond”, an ocean spring and favorite spot of many sea turtles!

Lava Tree State Park has some of the most fascinating lava rock formations in the entire Hawaiian Islands. The ancient lava flow left a thick coating as it flowed through old forests encasing the larger trees and burning them to ashes, but not before creating free standing tubes in the shape of the trees.

Pahoa Ocean

The Big Island is considered the orchid capital of the world. See thousands of blooming orchids at one of several local orchid farms open to the public, and even ship an orchid home from Hawaii.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 40 acre botanical garden jewel to the islands. It has waterfalls, scenic ocean views, and enormous mango and coconut palm trees that are over 100 years old. You will find orchids and anthuriums.

Take a 20 minute drive out of Pahoa to the Nation’s only natural tropical rainforest zoo where you will find more than 80 animal species, including a White Bengal Tiger.

Just an hour from Pahoa, at Volcanoes National Park, you will find numerous hiking trails, see steam vents, and lava tubes both inside and outside the park. For the latest information on the volcano’s activity, see theUSGS Hawaii Volcano Website or the Big Island Visitors Bureau website which are both updated regularly.

Play a round of championship golf at Pele’s Course at the Volcano Golf and Country Club situated on the rim of the active Kilauea volcanic crater. This public course is 18 holes, par 72, and has a total of 6,547 yards of playing area.

Fourty minutes away is the city of Hilo. This city is built around the crescent-shaped Hilo Bay. Often described as the “Honolulu before the jets came”, Hilo is a visit back in time to “Old Hawaii”.

Shop at the interesting boutiques and antique stores, or grab a bite at the wide variety of ethnic restaurants. You can also enjoy a fabulous farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday.

Don’t miss Coconut Island, also known as the Healing Island and is a favorite of locals for fishing, swimming, or picnicking and its shallow sandy pools make it an ideal place for families. A must for the traveler is Rainbow Falls, a spectacular waterfall just outside the town.

Experience hula dancing at its finest with the annual Merrie Monarch Festival and Competition held annually in April. This is the ultimate Hawaiian cultural event. It

Ohia House is an intimate Bed and Breakfast located on the Big Island of Hawaii that blends luxury, serenity and personal service, to give you a true feeling of seclusion and serenity. With only one well-appointed suite, you are our only guest! Come let Ohia House B& B be your private retreat on Hawaii, experience aloha the way it is meant to be experienced.

Ohia House is a licensed and permitted B & B by the state of Hawaii, the perfect home base for your Big Island vacation. Centrally located between Hilo and Volcanoes National Park, located in the Puna district in tropical Leilani Estates. We are just minutes from the quaint village of Pahoa, where you will find numerous restaurants and shops. Our rates are $110 per night for two guests plus applicable state taxes. Book 7 nights and receive one night free, yes only pay for 6. Each morning includes a great tropical breakfast served on your private screened lanai. Whatever your pleasure, it is here at Ohia House, we’re waiting for you.