Pāhoa, HI 96778, USA
Photo by Andrea Rip
Walk the Elevated Wood Sidewalks in PahoaAfter a sizzling day exploring Volcanoes National Park, take a romantic evening walk under the stars to explore the peculiar town of Pahoa, with her elevated Victorian sidewalks and historic storefronts. Affectionately referred to as a “hippie town,” Pahoa is a community of artists and small businesses within the volcanic reach of Kilauea’s lava flows. In fact, in 2014, the town was facing imminent threat of a flow that mangaged to only take one home and breach a transfer station before stalling out.
The shop keepers are a friendly group and happy to chat about their town and the small community that has flourished together behind the beautiful old facades.
The downtown strip appears to belong more in the wild west than in the midst of tropical foilage on the Island of Hawaii. Pahoa’s unlikely Victorian charm, aloha spirit, and distinct hippie and artistic characteristics may blend together better here than in any other place on earth.