Pele’s Kitchen Now Open in Pahoa

April 23, 2013, 11:57 AM HST
* Updated April 23, 12:32 PM
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Pele’s Kitchen, formerly located in the Hilo Town Tavern in downtown Hilo, has moved to Pahoa and is now open six days a week serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

They’ve also added a sushi bar three days a week.

Co-owner Liz Yundt says she and her husband, Stephen, made the move after a year in Hilo for a variety of reasons.

“We’re able to interact more with people here,” said Liz Yundt.

“We were limited in Hilo and here we’re well-positioned to feature my husband’s home-baked items, as well as our fresh vegetables and fruits that we grow ourselves,” she added.


In addition to featuring local produce in their menu items, the couple offers Puna-made products, such as handmade coconut baskets and organic coffee from Hawaii Volcano Coffee Company.


The walls of the restaurant feature art created by local artisans, including Liz.

Pele's Kitchen features the work of local artists. Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

Pele’s Kitchen features the work of local artists. Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

The couple serves breakfasts with homemade breads, cinnamon rolls, banana bread, as well as homemade tropical syrups like lilikoi, coconut and guava.

Breakfast items include mango blintzes, cinnamon-apple french toast, eggs Benedict, and huevos rancheros.


Using locally caught fish and Hawaii grass-fed beef, the lunch menu features a variety of sandwiches, salads, and home-made raviolis.

Co-owner Stephen Yundt makes freshly made desserts, including mountain apple pie, chocolate eclairs, mango pie, blackberry pie, pohaberry pie, and macadamia tarts, which are available throughout the day.

During lunch and dinner hours on Thursdays through Saturdays, Pele’s Kitchen now offers a sushi menu created by renowned Japanese sushi master, Keiji Ichikawa.

Located at 15-2929 Pahoa Village Rd., the restaurant is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, and is closed on Monday.

Dinner is served on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sushi hours are during lunch and dinner on Thursday through Saturday.

For more information, call Pele’s Kitchen at (808) 935-0550.

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