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Lighthouse Delicatessen opens for later hours


The popular deli that locals and visitors alike have been seeking out for the “Best Sandwich in North Hawaii” – as voted by North Hawaii News’ readers in 2011 – is now poised to serve as Kohala’s official Pau Hana Place.

In a small community with few bar choices, especially after the recent closing of Luke’s Place, Lighthouse Delicatessen readily offers patrons a friendly place to enjoy draft beer and wine. Offering a unique rotation of boutique ales by Sierra Nevada, Deschutes and Chimay, as well as tourist favorites from Kona Brewing Company, the eatery is now a perfect spot for happy hour.

During the weekday hours of 4-7pm the deli offers drink and food specials for visitors who happen upon the establishment while wandering downtown Hawi, and for residents on their way home from work.

The longer hours have also allowed for daily dinner specials like Lasagna, Chicken Pot Pie, Chilli Bowls, and Chicken Parmesan.

Friday evenings at Lighthouse Delicatessen have long been an animated pau hana, featuring live music and a bustling crowd, often standing-room only. The recent rotation of local musicians, including Na Hoku nominee Jim Major, to Wednesday happy hours is just one example of the deli’s evolution into a festive taproom.

Richard Elliott, owner of the neighboring Paradise Postal, makes sure to attend Friday pau hanas, and sometimes brings visiting customers along with him to the downtown eatery.

“It’s perfect for tourists – after a day ziplining, or fluming or shopping, the deli is just a great way to end the Kohala adventure. The sandwiches are so good, and they get to enjoy a beer with the crowd, having fun listening to live music, and getting a real feel for North Kohala,” Elliott said. “They always comment that they can see why people live here.”

In addition to lunch and happy hour, Lighthouse Delicatessen serves Sunday Brunch from 9am to noon, featuring live music from David Gomes, a local artist making handcrafted guitars and ukeleles for more than 25 years. The Sunday morning menu offers several kinds of Eggs Benedict, house-made French Toast, Quiche, coffee and mimosas.

Located next to Lighthouse Liquors in the Kohala Trade Center, Lighthouse Delicatessen offers delicious sandwiches & specialties, munchies & desserts, meats & cheeses by the pound – and beer & wine by the glass.

The Delicatessen was named in honor of Kauhola Point Lighthouse, which was demolished in December 2009, and is the offspring of the same four North Kohala residents that opened the liquor store – GM/chef Chris Scelza, marketing manager Marci Elizondo, local Yoga instructor Bobby Hoyt, and carpentry guru Rick Klaus.

With recipes inspired by the women in Scelza’s Italian family, a cozy ambiance highlighted by the same wooden flooring, beautiful sapele mahogany accents and deep red walls that adorn its neighbor – its growing popularity as a lunch and pau haha locale points to their goal of becoming an asset to the special community that is North Kohala.

Open Daily: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

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