The island of Hawaii is nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined. From Kau to Puna, you can witness the island’s growth and its awe-inspiring wonders.
The island’s southern region, Kau, is free of resorts and golf courses. This quiet, rural area is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which includes two active volcanoes, Kilauea and Maunaloa. The park encompasses 333,000 acres with 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, lava deserts and rainforests.
On the southeastern coast is Punaluu Black Sand Beach, where you can experience black sand between your toes. Although the swimming area is very rocky and not ideal for swimming, you can find Hawaiian green sea turtles on the beach and native birds just off the shore.
Travel to the easternmost point of the island to the Puna district. Explore its dynamic landscape and natural sights that were forged by the power of volcanoes. A major attraction is the Lava Trees State Park. This 17-acre State Monument features unusual lava tree molds. In the late 1700s, a lava flow swept through this once forested area, creating a natural sculpture garden.
Things to do from Kua to Puna include Kalae (South Point), Kalapana, Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Papakolea Beach (Green Sand Beach) and Volcano Village.