The Landmark Before The Lighthouse
Come experience the heart of Kilauea’s community and history at the Kong Lung Historic Market Center. Here the town’s plantation era merges with stylish, contemporary and vintage fashion boutiques, home goods, a bakery and coffee shop, art gallery, restaurants and market. The Center honors its roots in an outdoor, award-winning Photo Retrospective titled “Recollections”. All residing in and around neatly preserved buildings—including Queenie’s Cottage (now the Kilauea Bakery and Pizza), the Kilauea theater, and the Kong Lung building constructed in 1943 with field stones gathered from cane fields. A style unique to Hawaii.
Throughout the decades, the Center has evolved with Kilauea while never letting go of its original charm and integrity of place. It’s cozy and comfortable and continues to be the gathering place for locals. Located only minutes from the Kilauea Lighthouse and Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, two of Kauai’s most popular destinations for whale watching and bird watching, Kong Lung Market Center hosts long-time, family-owned shops and dining.
Just don’t think you can rush through Kong Lung in a few hours. The Historic Kong Lung Market Center boasts a large scale Photo Retrospective about life in Kilauea pre, during, and post plantation era. The “Recollections” exhibit has more than 15 large outdoor displays with engaging images and details of the life and times of Kilauea Town. Like the small town of Kilauea itself, the Market Center is one of those uniquely local places where you’ll want to soak in the mood, have some conversations, and just take it slow.