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Cruisin’ in Volcano town

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  • The chocolate-dipped mango at xxx are ono. (Photo by annmue/Special to the Star-Advertiser)
  • The free Ho'ike on the night before the competition — which sells out early — always draws an eager crowd.
  • Pad Thai noodles is the favorite of locals at the Tuk Tuk Thai Food Truck.
  • Artist Ira OnoI at the Volcano Garden Arts Fine Arts Gallery, where there are treasures around every corner.

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.[/caption]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.

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!

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

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