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“Wonderful store, cookies and museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Keauhou Store

Keauhou Store
78-7010 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
808-322-5203
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Holualoa
Type: Shops, Shopping
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Winnipeg
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful store, cookies and museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Heading up the Mamalahoa Highway, for no better reason than it was there to explore, we stopped at the Keauhou Store, for no better reason than we wanted a bottle of water and it was open.

We parked, walked in, and had stepped back in time. Not only was the interior of the store, and much of the mechandise on the shelves, exactly as it must have been way back when (a robe had an original $4 price tag on it) also we were greeted by a woman who exuded the charm and warmth that goes with traditional aloha. This lady turned out to be Thea Brown.

We left with fruit, cookies, post cards, and the certainty that we'd be back the next time we visited the Big Island --- oh yes, the bottle of water too.

If you're looking for the sorts of gems too small, too unigue, too out-of-the-way for tour busses to hit and which exist primarily for local residents, not tourists, this should be at the top of your list. While we were there a number of customers came in, all known to Thea by their first name, and all were friendly to us invading mainlanders, and Canadians to boot.

Visited February 2013
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“The Cookies!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Worth a stop for their homemade cookies! Sooooo ono! Which means--so good!!! They also have some local produce for pretty reasonable prices. A fun old fashioned store and a narrow, windy local road makes for a quaint stop when in the Kona area.

Visited February 2012
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“Charming market and museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

There's a charming alternate road that parallels Highway 11 and that is the 180. Taking this drive will reward you with some quaint and tiny communities, overgrown lush and tropical flora and fauna and you will come to a very welcoming looking vintage "Ma and Pa" market called Keauhou Store. Built in 1919 this community landmark seemed to have seen her better days, but, in 2010 it happily fell into the hands of the new owners that have lovingly restored this beautiful little store. It would be well worth your time to stop in and enjoy a great cup of coffee and some of Thea's delicious homemade cookies. Thea told us today she sold her 20,000th cookie, I can believe it they were good. While your there you can browse the museum that is part of the store and pick up any little bit of groceries or necessities you wish you'd brought on your trip.
It was a lovely and unexpected find and I know you'll enjoy it too.

Visited October 2011
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