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Cafe Il Mondo – Honokaa

Cafe Il Mondo – Honokaa

**NEW LOCATION** Where: 45-3580 A Mamane Street, Honokaa (near the Honokaa People’s Theatre) Call: (808) 775-7711 Website: https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-il-Mondo-104991656210238/ Open Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays) from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m; 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Review: After a long five year wait, as of May 2016, Cafe il Mondo has opened a BEAUTIFUL, newly-constructed restaurant in the heart of Honokaa town.  They still serve the same amazing pizzas (Sergio’s pizza with pesto…oh my!) and calzones, but have expanded to seafood and pork specials, and they are all amazing and delicious!  Their pizza is baked in a stone oven, and their ingredients are all fresh.  I love everything I have eaten there!  Also new is gluten free pasta (for any dish except for lasagna), they now accept credit cards, AND they have a full bar.  Cafe il Mondo has several tables in front of their restaurant that are completely covered (shaded).  We eat here once a week, and on every other Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., an acoustic guitar trio from the band “Big...

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Hilo Shark’s Coffee (Honomu)

Hilo Shark’s Coffee (Honomu)

Where: 28-1672 Old Mamalahoa Hwy., Honomu (near Akaka Falls (NOTE: Dogs are not permitted at the Falls!)) Call: (808) 963-6706 Website:http://www.hilosharkscoffee.com/ Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Margie and I had a “ruff” meeting here in May 2015 with our friends, Paulla Speegle (owner of Aloha Pawz Dog & Cat Boutique in Hilo) and just loved it! Not only do they offer great Hawaii-grown coffee, but they have breakfast, lunch, and sell locally-made chocolate, coffee, chocolate tea, and honey!  Margie kept peeking in through the back screened door to see what was going on. The back patio is nice and cool and shaded…perfect for you and your leashed pups.  Dogs permitted in the back patio area only…and can be accessed easily around the side of the...

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Kalopa State Recreation Area Horse Trail

Kalopa State Recreation Area Horse Trail

(The Horse Trail is 2.6 miles ONE WAY, so you have to come back the same way you went.) Where: This Park is just past the village of Honoka’a on the Hawai’i Belt Road, Hwy. 19 (Mamalahoa Hwy.). Travel either 15 miles east of Waimea or about 40 miles north of Hilo, and find the well-marked turn for Kalōpā State Park on the mauka (uphill) side of the road between the 39 and 40 mile markers. Keep following signs for the Park as you drive uphill on paved roads.  Upon entering the Kalopa Recreation Area, park immediately to the left in the small dirt lot where you will see the “Hunter Access” sign.  You will see a narrow trail off to the left of the sign. *Important Note: **The Horse Trail is the only Kalopa trail that allows dogs.**  It is frequently used by hunters for pig hunting with their dogs although it is common to see everyday hikers with their non-hiking dogs.  On the evening of Labor Day 2015, we saw...

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Dog Sitting, Doggie Daycare, Overnight Boarding

Dog Sitting, Doggie Daycare, Overnight Boarding

Paws University 73-4259 A Hawaii Belt Road Kailua-Kona, HI (808) 325-6436 www.pawsuniversity.com Paws University is a fantastic facility that offers dog boarding (Starting at $32.45/day), doggie daycare ($25/day; offered Mon – Fri. 7am – 6pm and Sat. 7am – 4pm ) and now CAT boarding (Starting at $22.50/day).  Discounts are available for multi-day/multi-pets.  Puppy Boarding School (a one-month program designed for puppies between ages of 4 – 7 months old) and Paws-itive Change Boarding School (for dogs over 6 months old who are displaying undesirable problem behaviors) are programs designed around the specific need of the dog enrolled.  To ensure their safety, each animal is carefully screened prior to playing and socializing while at Paws for the day, overnight, or during extended visits, and integrated into the supervised play group that best suits them.  Owner and operator Allen and Lana Daniels are passionate about their business, and Allen (who is a very experienced and knowledgeable dog trainer) is happy to meet 1-on-1 with dog owners to tackle any questions you may have...

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Dog-Friendly Farmers’ Markets

Dog-Friendly Farmers’ Markets

Waimea Town Farmers’ Market at Parker School behind Paniolo Country Inn restaurant – look for the red w/white trim buildings. Fresh baked breads, produce, fresh-made sausage, flowers and crafts. Their website confirms, “The Market is dog-friendly, so if your best friend gets along well with others, feel free to bring him or her. Please keep your dog on a leash and be prepared to pick up in the event the unspeakable happens to happen. Mahalo for your cooperation.” Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon   Kamuela Farmers’ Market at Pukalani Stables (Grand Opening: Feb. 6, 2016) 67-139 Pukalani Rd., Waimea (at the very end of Pukalani Road behind Ace Hardware…can also drive down ) Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pepper and I visited Kamuela Farmers Market on the day of their Grand Opening.  Since these vendors were originally from the Waimea Homestead Farmers Market (that has not allowed dogs since 2014), I was curious if they would allow dogs to this location since they ARE allowed at the Waimea Midweek...

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