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South of Hilo on the island of Hawaii’s easternmost tip lies the Puna district and town of Pahoa, known for its free-spirited vibe. Many locals believe that Puna is Pele’s workshop, where the volcano goddess continually creates and recreates the very land we live on. Indeed, this dynamic area stretches from Kilauea’s summit east to the sea, including lava features, black-sand beaches and more natural wonders forged by the power of volcanoes. 

Stop off at Pahoa, a former mill town with an inviting boardwalk housing eclectic shops and eateries; if it’s a weekend, detour to the roadside Makuu Farmers Market and stock up on roasted macadamia nuts and local produce. 

Puna’s most dramatic destination is Kalapana. In 1990, lava from Kīlauea engulfed Kaimū and Kalapana. While there is no accessible black sand beach any more, you can visit Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmer's Market. You can also see remnants of the flow that covered Kaimū.

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Kalapana

Kalapana

Once a historic town partially destroyed by lava, now a lava viewing area on the southeastern coast of the island of Hawaii.

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