Top things to do in Puna

Top Choice Viewpoint in Kalapana Area

Lava Viewing Area

Pele (the goddess of fire) is fickle. She may treat you to a primordial fireworks display of molten rock exploding in the waves or show you nothing at all. Keep expectations in check. When flows are consistent, Civi…
Top Choice Market in Kalapana Area

Uncle Robert's Wednesday Night Market

The place to be on a Wednesday night is the late Uncle Robert's family compound where a significant percentage of the population turns out to live aloha. Local live music gets you dancing, while artisans and farm-fr…
Top Choice Park in Red Road

MacKenzie State Recreation Area

A moody, windswept grove of ironwood trees edge sheer cliffs towering above the ocean. The raw beauty of this powerful landscape makes an unforgettable picnic spot – but has also been the backdrop for supernatural t…
Top Choice Beach in Keaʻau

Ha'ena Beach

If you believe paradise is sweetest when earned, trek out to this pristine, postcard-worthy black and white sand beach in a protected cove on the Shipman Estate. Public access is via a 2.5-mile muddy, jungly hike do…
Top Choice Market in Pahoa

Makuʻu Farmers Market

Follow the line of cars turning off Hwy 130 every Sunday morning for this large, festive and diverse farmers market. Offerings include psychic readings, massage, orchids, jewelry, secondhand goods, and, yes, fruits …
Top Choice Breakfast in Pahoa

Pele's Kitchen

Fat pancakes, flavorful scrambles or hearty French toast, all made from scratch. This is breakfast the way it was meant to be. You won't find a more complete collection of local fresh fruit than the Puna Exotic Frui…
Viewpoint in Kapoho Area

Cape Kumukahi

As the distinguished easternmost point of the island, Kumukahi ('first beginnings') holds a revered place in Hawaiian lore. The Kings Pillars (piles of rock barely distinguishable from natural lava) mark the solstic…
Park in Red Road

Isaac Hale Beach Park

This rocky beach park is the local surf spot serving all of the greater Puna area. Some long-time surfers and bodyboarders regard Pohoiki as the island's top break, despite the omnipresence of sharp wana (sea urchin…
Beach in Kalapana Area

New Kaimu Beach

Kaimu was the most beautiful black-sand beach in Hawaii until the 1990 lava flow that consumed Kalapana torched its stately palms and filled the bay with pahoehoe (smooth-flowing lava). Now, a 0.3-mile walk along a …
Beach in Red Road

Kehena Beach

If any place captures the vibe of Puna, it's this beautiful black-sand beach tucked beneath a cliff where all walks of life – hippies, Hawaiians, gays, families, seniors, tourists – do their own uninhibited things. …