Shops & Restaurants in the Kong Lung Historic Market Center

The Historic Kong Lung Market Center

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.

A family poses for the funny photo op at The Kong Lung Center, between Island Soap and The Kilauea Bakery.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.

 

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Big News: A Big Historical Photo

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A large historic image image from Plantation era Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii

The Kong Lung Market Center’s Remembering The Past; Historic Photo Retrospective has a new display.

Right on the road to the lighthouse, you will see that not only did the original Kong Lung building get a paint job, but a BIG historical photo.

The new display panel features an image shot early in the 1900’s of workers posing right in the sugar fields, an intriguing glimpse into life on the Plantation.

If you are unfamiliar with the Historic Photo Retrospective, it consists of almost 20 large scale images with interesting tidbits of information on the formation of Kilauea Town. These beautiful images are mounted at various locations throughout The Center and are as interesting as they are beautiful. As a whole they create their own walking tour.

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