4 Affordable and Delicious Dining Options in Puna

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Several Options for Affordable Dining in Puna

The south-easternmost region of the Big Island’s 9 districts, Puna is a more affordable area, and is growing quickly, but lacks the hustle and bustle of more active nightlife and dining scenes found in Kailua-Kona or nearby Hilo. But for hungry residents and visitors, there’s plenty of locally-owned establishments perfect for a quick, cheap bite on your way to your next Big Island activity.

Ning’s Thai Cuisine
15-2955 Pahoa Rd
Pahoa, HI 96778

One of the best Thai joints in a competitive scene, Ning’s Thai Cuisine is known for its excellent takes on traditional Thai dishes as well as attentive service. A favorite for modern takes on classic items, Ning’s focuses on high-quality locally-produced ingredients and homemade sauces and spices. Perfect for takeout or a spicy, filling lunch, Ning’s Thai won’t disappoint.


Paolo’s Bistro
15-2955 Pahoa Village Rd
Pāhoa, HI 96778

A rarity on the Big Island’s eastern side, this Italian-style bistro offers tasty Hawaiian takes on classic Italian dishes. Perfect for special occasions or when an urge for fresh-made pasta comes along, Paolo’s Bistro is a gem.

Kaleo’s Bar and Grill
15-2969 Pahoa Village Rd
Pahoa, HI 96778

Nightly entertainment, fresh-caught seafood, and creative presentation of traditional dishes, the team at Kaleo’s Bar and Grill have reinvented quality dining in Puna. Comparable dining establishments found in larger markets, Kaleo’s keeps things affordable and delicious no matter your dining preferences for the evening.

Tin Shack Bakery
15-1500 Akeakamai Loop
Pahoa, HI 96778

Perfect for a quick bite alongside a fresh cup of coffee, the Tin Shack Bakery also offers breakfast and lunch items and makes some of the best fresh-baked goods anywhere on the island. A great way to spend your morning while you prepare for the adventures ahead, we can’t recommend Tin Shack enough.

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