Welcome to Puna

This is the home of hippies, funky artists, alternative healers, Hawaiian sovereignty activists, pakalolo (marijuana) growers, organic farmers and off-the-grid survivalists. A nickname for all these folks, which they enthusiastically embrace, is Punatics. Collectively they embody a disconcerting blend of laid-back apathy to the world and intense emotion.

But even if you prefer to keep your mana (spiritual essence) more on the down-low, you'll still find plenty of compelling reasons to explore the land where the sun rises: from warm springs and world-class snorkeling to yoga centers and a couple of fine surf breaks. Go now, before Pele decides it's time to hit the reset button.

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$217.71 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kilauea Volcano and Lava Combo Bike Tour

Cycle through the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and explore the past and current lava activity all on one tour! Experience the volcano up close and personal as you ride through plush rainforest and lava frozen in time on your 21 speed mountain bike. Your cycling adventure takes place around the rim of the Kilauea Volcano and down a portion of the Chain of Craters road. Our experienced guides will also lead you on a short leisurely hike through the lush rainforest alive with native birds, incredible foliage and a “walk through” lava tube.After the cycling portion, we will journey to the Puna area. You will witness firsthand the creation and devastation the lava has brought to this area over the last 50 years – villages destroyed and new land created. Take the “road less traveled” where the scenery is amazing as you weave through the rainforest and take in the jagged cliffs overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Walk out to the new black sand beach at Kaimu, which has forever been changed by the lava flows in the early 1990’s. Depending on the volcanic activity at the time of the tour, we will try to locate “flow or glow” either at the coast or with a trip up to Halema’uma’u Crater. Experience the unique sights that most travelers never see on their own or with other tour companies.Throughout the tour your excursion specialist will share with you history, culture and geology of the area during the frequent stops along the way – an exciting and active way to spend the day discovering how lava has changed our land forever.

$699 Private & Custom Tours

Hilo and Kalapana Big Island Backroads Mercedes 11 PSGR Tour

The tour starts from your Hilo hotel, port or the airport. Hop aboard a comfortable 11 passenger Mercedes van with your private group and head to our first destination, Hilo town. The town suffered large tsunamis in 1946 and 1960 and is rich in culture and history. Then, make your way to Queen Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens and Rainbow Falls State Park, both historic landmarks on the Island of Hawaii. The next stop, Onomea Scenic Drive, is rated as one of the most important scenic drives on the Big Island of the Hamakua Coast Heritage Corridor. Drive along sea cliffs, through lush valleys and gulches, tropical rain forest, across small one lane bridges a true taste of old Hawaii. Drive down Sugar Mill Road past the old Pepeekoo Sugar Company down to the sea cliffs at Pepeekoo point. Next, visit Pahoa, the small Hawaiian town in the Puna district most recently threatened by the most recent Lava flow that began June 27th 2014. Stand next to the Lava that threatened the town in early 2015. Drive down to the oceanfront town that was Kalapana, Kaimū and Kaimū Bay where 178 homes were buried under 50 feet of Lava during the 1986 Kilauea lava flow. After, head north out of Kalapana and drive up the enchanting and historic Red Road. Navigate the Puna coastline through old lava fields, rugged coastlines with crashing waves breaking over the cliffs and amazing tree canopy of old growth forest. Pull into Ahalanui, a spring and ocean fed pool that is volcanically heated to a toasty 90 degrees, so bring a bathing suit and towel a for a very relaxing experience.Finish off the tour with stops Richardson Ocean Park (Black Sand Beach) and Hono’s, where green Hawaiian sea turtles are usually spotted. The tour will end back at your original departure point. You are also provided a link to photos taken during your tour so that you can relive the experience long after you leave.