‘Shock and grief’: Hawi’s community-based Hub Pub destroyed in fire

  • An office destroyed by fire Wednesday night at the Kohala Village Hub in Hawi.

  • The Kohala Village Hub Pub in Hawi is destroyed by a Wednesday night fire. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Kohala Village Hub Pub in Hawi is destroyed by a Wednesday night fire. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • The Kohala Village Hub Pub in Hawi was destroyed by a Wednesday night fire. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • The Kohala Village Hub Pub in Hawi was destroyed by a Wednesday night fire.

  • The Kohala Village Hub Pub is closed off after a Wednesday night fire destroyed the popular Hawi establishment. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kahana Cordeiro kicks in a broken window at the Kohala Village Hub after a fire ravaged the building. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kahana Cordeiro boards up a broken window at the Kohala Village Hub after a fire ravaged the Hawi building Wednesday night. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Ekela Kahuanui, Feed Hawaii Program manager, reacts to the charred remains of her office after a fire ripped through the Kohala Village Hub Wednesday night in Hawi. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

HAWI — The air smelled of smoke as drivers entered Hawi town Thursday. Just hours earlier, the community suffered a devastating loss at its town center when a historic building went up in flames.