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Mālama Market in Pāhoa To Reopen March 31st at New Puna Kai Location

10:22 PM · Mar 16, 2021

In two weeks the Pāhoa Mālama Market will be opening their new doors in the Puna Kai Shopping Center. A private blessing is scheduled for 10am, and officially open shortly afterwards for the public. A mural celebrating Pāhoa and the community is also in the plans. Mālama Market Pahoa was first established in Pāhoa back in 2005, and started talking about an expanded location in 2016, they slated to make the move in 2019 before encountering delays. The expanded location will bring with it an estimated 60 additional jobs, bringing the total work force up to 130. Highlights of the new store include: "A large selection of hot, prepared food, featuring local favorites like Bi Bim Bap Fried Rice, Sweet and Sour Pork Chops, Braised Korean Chicken and new offerings including Lechon Style Brussels Sprouts, Crispy Szechuan Shrimp and Laksa Seafood Curry. Housemade, pre-packaged okazu-ya favorites such as ahi patties, cone sushi, ahi belly musubi, fried mackerel, and pork hash patties. Grab-and-go carts with huli and char siu chicken, and Southeast Asia-style “hawker packs” featuring Thai and Vietnamese-inspired foods. A sixteen-foot, poke station with approximately 40 different varieties of freshly made poke featuring ahi, tako, salmon, crab and more. The aptly named “Anytime Bar” featuring juice, coffee and espresso, plus beer and wine on tap by the glass or growler. Customers will be able to sit and enjoy or may take their made-to-order, non-alcoholic beverages to go. An expanded, diverse offering of natural food and products. Gourmet wine and specialty food items, plus a standalone island filled with an expanded variety of specialty cheese and pre-packaged charcuterie. A brand new hardware and garden “store within a store” for do it yourself, or DIY fun, general home repair needs, and items to fuel your inner gardener — plus an expanded selection of lei, arrangements, potted plants and cut flowers." Images courtesy of Mālama Market