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
(808) 965-7611
Open: Mon-Sat 12 – 9 PM, Sun 5-9 PM

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
(808) 965-7033
Open: 5:30 – 9 PM

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
(808) 965-5600
Open: 11 AM – 9 PM

Nightly entertainment, fresh-caught seafood, and creative presentation of traditional dishes, the team at Kaleo’s Bar and Grill have reinvented high-quality dining in Puna. Comparable to fine-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
Open: Mon-Sat 6 AM – 3 PM

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.


Map of Affordable Dining in Puna

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