Cruisin’ in Volcano town

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 23, 2014

The chocolate-dipped mango at Rainbow Moon Volcano Coffee House is ono. (Photos by annmue/Special to the Star-Advertiser)

The chocolate-dipped mango at Rainbow Moon Volcano Coffee House is ono. (Photos by annmue/Special to the Star-Advertiser)

The bakery in Volcano Village is full of homegrown goodies. Bea Arnopole and her husband call the place Rainbow Moon Volcano Coffee House, serving breakfast and lunch. Her shelves were nearly empty Wednesday, April 23. She will be baking all night. Chocolate, coffee and other ingredients are Big Island grown. The chocolate-covered mango melted in the mouth.

Pad Thai noodles is the favorite dish of locals at the Tuk Tuk Thai Food Truck.


Pad Thai noodles is the favorite dish of locals at the Tuk Tuk Thai Food Truck.

Next stop, Tuk Tuk Thai Lunch Wagon. Only had time to visit. William Butkulwong is the chef. While we were there seven cars pulled in. Chef says pad Thai noodle is the fav of the neighborhood.

Artist Ira Ono has the Volcano Garden Arts Fine Arts Gallery. His own art plus the dozens of other artists fill several rooms. His Cafe Ono is all vegetarian and vegan. The gardens have hidden treasures around every bush. Could have stayed all day. Going back on Sunday.

Artist Ira Ono at the Volcano Garden Arts Fine Arts Gallery, where there are treasures around every corner (below).

Artist Ira Ono at the Volcano Garden Arts Fine Arts Gallery, where there are treasures around every corner (below).

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Finally at the stadium. This has to be the most well-behaved line of thousands of people ever. They waited all day, starting around 4:30 a.m., for free tickets to Wednesday night’s Ho’ike at the Edith Kanaka’ole Tennis Stadium. The doors are open. It is hula time!

The free Ho'ike on the eve of the competition always draws an eager crowd.

The free Ho’ike on the eve of the competition always draws an eager crowd.


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Lynn Cook is a freelance arts and cultural writer who has studied hula for 25 years.