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WikiFresh (Hilo)

WikiFresh (Hilo)

177 Kilauea Avenue Hilo, HI  96720 (808) 930-WIKI (9454) Open Monday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday: 10:30 am – 7:00 pm “Yappy Mondays” – Dine with your pet on Monday (all day!) and receive 10% off all regular-priced items! Website: http://www.gowikifresh.com/   MARCH 27, 2017 Guest Review (with permission) from Kirsten J. – The lanai is very clean and spacious. I was the only person there for a while, and there were no other dogs which participated in Yappy Hour that evening. Many restaurant patrons walked by and came over to pet Kia, and staff was very sweet to her. Several employees offered to fill her water bowl, making me feel very welcome. The only drawback to the lanai is the location — it’s right on busy Kilauea Ave. — so it’s not like there’s a great view and there is some car noise. It’s not terrible though and after a little while I stopped noticing. There’s also plenty of parking.  The lanai is completely covered, so it’d...

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Puna Trail that leads to Haena Beach (Shipman Beach)

Puna Trail that leads to Haena Beach (Shipman Beach)

Location: Hawaiian Paradise Park (Puna) Directions: South of Hilo, drive Hwy. 130 to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision and turn makai (toward the ocean) on Kaloli Drive. Follow Kaloli Drive for several miles until it dead-ends into Beach Road. Take a left and follow Beach Road until it ends shortly in a gravel parking area ringed by large boulders with an information kiosk. The trailhead has no facilities. Description: 5-mile round trip hiking trail Alert: There are no facilities at Hā’ena Beach, so plan accordingly to Leave No Trace. This trail can be extremely muddy if it’s been raining a lot recently. Dogs must be kept on leash at all times on the trail to protect endemic wildlife, including many nēnē. There is no camping. Additional information: http://www.bigislandhikes.com/the-puna-trail/...

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Kehena Black Sand Beach

April 26, 2016  Mahalo to Lava Dogs fan Kirsten J. for sharing this dog-friendly beach that sounds perfect for water-loving dogs! Location: Kehena Black Sand Beach (also call Dolphin Beach because of the frequent appearances of spinner dolphins in this area) is at mile marker 19 on highway 137 in Puna.  There is a small parking lot on the side of the road. From here, walk towards the left (when facing the ocean). A narrow, steep and rocky trail leads down to the beach. In the past Kehena used to be very popular because of its two black sand beaches and easy access. However, in 1975 a large earthquake sent the stairs crumbling and dropped the beach three feet.  Now the best way to access it is to park at the lookout and follow the path to the left of the parking which leads to the smaller pocket of sand.  Since it is no longer easily accessible, many nude sunbathers have appropriated the area. So, visit at your own discretion. The...

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Lehia Park

Lehia Park

April 26, 2016  Mahalo to Lava Dogs fan Kristin C. for sharing this dog-friendly coastal spot that sounds perfect for water-loving dogs! Location: From downtown Hilo, drive east on Kalanianaole Avenue past Richardson Ocean Park until it dead ends.  Continue on the rough dirt road straight along the coast for less than half a mile to where it ends at a large parking area, which is Lehia Park.  Kristin says, “This area is a locals’ hangout.  Locals like to park their cars along this road facing out to the ocean and hang out by their cars.  People going into the tidal pool area park in the big dirt lot.  I don’t recall ever seeing signs with rules so I can’t say for sure what is allowed or not, but I’ve never had trouble walking my dogs there and there are always dogs out there, attached to the locals’ trucks or on the walk to the tidal pools.” “That is my other favorite spot here for dog walking (besides Reservoir...

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Reservoir Road (Hiking Trail)

Reservoir Road (Hiking Trail)

Mahalo to Lava Dogs fan Kristin C. for sharing this dog-friendly hiking trail.  We have yet to traverse it, but it looks and sounds amazing! Location: From Wainuenue Avenue, it is the first left after Akolea Road (just after Manaolana Place on the right). The parking is to the left and right on either side of the car in this photo, just off the road, just before the gate and in front of the last house on the right.   The no trespassing sign refers to what is on the left.  The sign is misleading.  The gate itself has a sign – “No vehicular traffic beyond this point.”  (There’s another “no trespassing” sign on a gate further in, which is always open. That can be ignored, too.  It is most likely for when the gate may have been closed in the past.  Even when the water company is working there during the week, they ignore anyone wandering around in there, so there should be no problem whatsoever… other than the one...

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Just Cruisin Coffee

Where: 835 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo Call: (808) 934-7444 (Can call in your order!) Website: http://justcruisincoffee.com/ and on Facebook FREE Wi-Fi Open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lava Dogs fan Kristin C. shared this dog-friendly spot with us (April 2016) that she frequents with her pups.  She says, “They have outdoor seating (I only use the umbrella tables on the far side of the parking lot so not great for a rainy day; the other outdoor tables are just outside the entrance).  You do have to order/pick up your food either inside or through the drive-thru.  I’ve had them give me dog treats a couple times when using the drive through when my dog is with me.” Mahalo to Kristin for sharing this dog-friendly location with...

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