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Vast, rural and remote, the island of Hawaiʻi’s southernmost region, Kaʻū, is a quiet area free of large hotels, resorts and golf courses. It’s home to the small communities of Nāʻālehu and Pāhala, and one of the most famous beaches in the state—Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach.
Kaʻū is also home to most of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It’s a place of natural wonders where you can witness the growth of the island right before your eyes. Other sights in Kaʻū include Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's Kahuku Unit.
In contrast, on the eastern slopes of Kaʻū, there are macadamia nut orchards, coffee farms and cattle. Wood Valley, near Pāhala, is a place for meditation and respite from the outside world. It’s no wonder Kaʻū is home to not only Hawaiian families who have been here for generations, but also writers, artists, philosophers and others seeking solitude.
Explore beyond Kīlauea and get off the beaten path in Kaʻū.
Regions of Island of Hawaiʻi
Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach
This famous black sand beach is a great photo opportunity and is almost as popular with honu (green sea turtles) as it is with visitors.More
Kala‘e (South Point)
The southern-most point in the Hawaiian Islands (and the United States) offers beautiful ocean views.More
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
One of the state’s most famous attractions is a testament to the power of nature and a rare opportunity to see an active volcano.More
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Travel Pono Pledge
One’s love for the planet is an inseverable relationship. Please take the island of Hawaiʻi Pono Pledge and ask your friends and family to do the same.More