Miloliʻi is a fishing village fighting to maintain its traditional ways while an upscale subdivision rises from the lava landscape around it. Miloliʻi means 'fine twist,' and historically the village was known for skilled sennit twisters, who used coconut-husk fibers to make fine cord and highly valued fishnets. Villagers here still live close to the sea, and many continue to make a living from it.
Privacy is paramount in these parts, but curious tourists are treated well – as long as they act like courteous guests. Just bear in mind the citizens of Miloli'i have made a conscious decision to reject tourism development in their backyards.