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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
“While in Kaimū, you should definitely stop by for a look around Uncle Robert’s. This delightful spot is open through the week, but Wednesdays (5pm- midnight) are when this normally sleepy beach town transforms into a huge open-air market bustling with local vendors serving up arts and crafts, tasty local food, and live music throughout the evening. It’s a lively and memorable event full of wonderful sounds, sights, smells and plenty of aloha spirit. A great way to unwind after a day of exploring the area!”
  • 88 locals recommend
“Within the land trust of Native Hawaiian Kingdom, a truly unique experience with cultural history, talk story, local foods, beautiful black sand beach, UFO landing sight and more!”
  • 16 locals recommend
“Carming and authentic Hawaiian open-air (covered) bar and festival. Wednesday nights LIve music, dancing, hot food vendors, Bananarama vegan bakery, vegan coconut ice cream, hawaiian shirts, Hawaii Made art and crafts, locally made "filthy farmgirl" soap, organic veggies and fruit.”
  • 13 locals recommend
“An incredible piece of old Hawaii plus local Wednesday gathering place for music and food. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“fascinating with 1000's of replanted coconut palms. Kalapana bay was filled with lava in 1991. New black sand beach formed. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Native Hawaiian owned and operated, providing authentic cultural insights for your island experience. Offering hikes, bike, waterfall boat and lava boat tours. Private tours available.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Kaimū was a small town that was completely destroyed by an eruptive flow of lava from the Kūpaʻianahā vent of the Kīlauea volcano in 1990. In Hawaiian, kai mūmeans "gathering [at the] sea" as to watch surfing. Today you can enjoy the short walk from the parking area to the new black sand beach being formed. This beautiful spot is a humbling reminder of the forces at work on the Big Island and the constant process of renewal that the people here live with day to day.”
  • 5 locals recommend
“Rare opportunity to hike on the lava with ocean in the distance. Also check out Hot Spot Lava Information on your left down a red conder driveway.”
  • 7 locals recommend
“Beautiful ocean views, scenery, Issac Hale Beach Park for swimming, picnicking, surfing, Lava Cast forest, tree canopy over the road. Our favorite drive and one we highly recommend for our guests.”
  • 3 locals recommend
“Kalapana, Lower Puna Lava devastation 1986-1990. The eruption moved downslope from the Kilauea summit. For more than five years, the Kupaianaha tube system sent flows to the coast. During this period, the lava wiped out the communities of Kalapana, Royal Gardens and Kapa‘ahu, all effectively destroyed by 1990. Kalapana was buried under 50 to 80 feet of lava. View Late Wednsday afternoon and then join the crowd next door @ Uncle Awa's farmers market with food, drinks, vendors and a Live Band.”
  • 28 locals recommend
“local laundromat. They will also clean and fold your laundry for you, for an additional fee. Located behind the Black Rock Cafe in Pahoa.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Convenience Store
  • 2 locals recommend
Art Gallery
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Rent a bike and ride out to the lava entry point. Wear long pants. You may see some park rangers, and they can point you to lava flows up hill. Make sure you wear closed toe shoes, and bring plenty of water. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Street Address
“Great smoothies and great gardens and scenery!! Must visit for a snack with an amazing view.”
  • 1 local recommends
“Kaimu Cafe has groceries and a small deli/cafe. Uncle Roberts Awa Bar has live music and food vendors on Wednesday and Friday evenings.”
  • 1 local recommends