Top things to do in Kaʻu

Top Choice Beach in Punaluʻu

Punaluʻu Beach Park

Beyond the nearly omnipresent green sea turtles basking in the sun, or the rare hawksbill turtles that lay their eggs here (be careful where you walk), this windswept beach is famous for its black sand: pulverized b…
Top Choice Temple in Punaluʻu

Kaneʻeleʻele Heiau

Also referred to as Punaluʻu Nui, 800-year-old Kaneʻeleʻele Heiau was the region's luakani, or place of human sacrifice. A large flat stone below the southwest corner of the temple walls is believed to have served t…
Top Choice National Park in Kahuku Unit

Kahuku Unit

Kahuku Unit's four hiking trails that lead through green pastures to volcanic cinder cones, lava tree molds, rainforests and lava flows come alive during the excellent ranger-guided hikes (offered some weekends; adv…
Top Choice Beach in South Point (Ka Lae)

Green Sand Beach

This legendary beach on Mahana Bay isn't really that green, but it is a rare and beautiful sight. Its color comes from crystals of olivine, the mineral found in the semiprecious gemstone known as peridot. Olivine is…
Top Choice Area in South Point (Ka Lae)

Ka Lae

Ka Lae, the southernmost point of Hawaiʻi Island, feels palpably unwelcoming, yet hauntingly peaceful. It is mostly an empty grassland fringed by restless rocky shores all scoured by relentless wind. Standing near t…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Ocean View & Around

Paliʻokulani Overlook

Be sure to get your bearings at the Hwy 11 viewpoint perched on a 1907 lava flow. Commanding views take in Paliʻokulani, the ragged cliff edge jutting out in front of South Point which protects eastern Kaʻu from Mau…
Top Choice Farm in Pahala

Kaʻu Coffee Mill

This down-to-earth, hydro-powered coffee farm roasts its own award-winning beans – which some connoisseurs rate as highly as Kona coffee. Taste a variety of brews at the gift shop located on-site in a sea of verdant…
Top Choice Diner in Naʻalehu

Hana Hou Restaurant

Hana Hou embodies all the glory and nostalgia of a 1940s family diner – because it was, and still is, one. The menu is filled with local takes on good ol' American comfort food. Come for the peppered mahimahi, but s…
Top Choice American in Ocean View & Around

Mehe's Kaʻu Bar & Grill

In an area with few options, Mehe's is a surprisingly good one. Friendly staff serve burgers, sandwiches and a rotating selection of daily specials to local characters and visitors alike while the horseshoe bar buzz…
Area in Ocean View & Around

Road to the Sea

This high-clearance 4WD road crosses enough ʻaʻa (rough, jagged lava) to shake your fillings loose. However, once only for adventurers, these remote black-and-green-sand beaches with looming cliffs and cinder cones …