Welcome to Kapoho Area
The small village of Kapoho occupied the Four Corners area (where Hwy 132 meets Red Road) until January, 1960, when a 0.5-mile-long curtain of fiery lava began spewing out of a nearby sugarcane field. The main flow of pahoehoe (smooth-flowing lava) ran toward the ocean, but an offshoot of ʻaʻa (rough, crumbly lava) crept toward the town, burying orchid farms in its path. Two weeks later Kapoho's nearly 100 homes and businesses were buried.
From Four Corners, a detour east to Cape Kumukahi is a low-commitment side-trip to Hawaii's easternmost point, while heading north on the unpaved Government Beach Road will take you through the Puna that time forgot.