Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach: Sea Turtles, Shopping, Swimming/Snorkeling, Sightseeing, Restrooms
Located off Hwy 11 south of Volcanoes National Park (between the towns of Pahala and Na’alehu) the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is the largest and most accessible black sand beach on the Big Island. Great places to picnic, (there is a restroom) relax and watch the Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea turtle) sunbathe on the black sand. Be sure to keep your distance from the turtles (they are an endangered species) and do not take any of the black sand. Traditional Lei Stand on the beach to purchase apparel, jewelry, postcards, memorabilia and snacks/drinks. Enjoy this tranquil place and incredible ocean views. Check with lifeguard before swimming as there are strong currents in bay, especially on windy days. Lifeguard usually on duty from 9-4pm daily.
Black Sand Beach Apparel and T-Shirt Shop: Apparel, Souvenirs, Snacks, and Beverages
Located right in the sand at Punalu'u, this family business has been here since Hawaii became a state. Please stop by and pick out your custom beach attire or visit our website at Blacksandcc.com.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Established in 1916): Hiking, Sightseeing, Dining, Tours
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). At its heart are the Klauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents and the Jaggar Museum, which features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema'uma'u Crater. Thick ferns mark the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube (Nhuku). The Chain of Craters Road weaves over lava.
Ka'u Coffee Mill: Coffee Tasting, Coffee Tours, Shopping
Kau Coffee Mill, LLC is a full service coffee mill providing services and retail sales in the district of Kau on the Island of Hawaii. The retail shop provides free tours of coffee orchards, milling, and roasting. The products available for sale include a wide variety of fine Kau coffee, macadamia nuts, art, and gifts all from local artists and producers.
Punalu'u Bake Shop: Dining, Tasting, Gardens, Shopping
Located on the Big Island, midway between Kailua-Kona and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punalu'u Bake Shop & Visitor Center is a welcome oasis for travelers. Awaiting you on our beautifully landscaped 4-acre tropical estate, are free samples of our famous Hawaiian Sweetbread. Enjoy our Ka'u Coffee, Malasadas, Anpans and other bakery treats. Refresh yourself with our ice cream, delicious sandwiches, plate lunches, fresh salads and much more.
South Point (Ka Lae): Cliff Diving, Fishing, Sightseeing
Renowned as the southernmost point in the United States and the likely place where the first Polynesians reached the Hawaiian Islands, South Point is in a National Historic District Landmark area. Ruins of heiaus (temples), fishing shrines, and ancient canoe moorings are still present here. The South Point road intersection is 7 miles west of the town of Na’alehu off of Hwy 11 (between mile-markers 69 and 70). Once on South Pointe road it’s approximately 20 miles to the end. The road is a single lane and the area is remote so bring whatever provisions you may need. The cliff near South Point Park road is a mooring place for the local fisherman. The water can be crystal clear with views to the bottom but swimming is not recommended due to dangerous currents. Cliff Jumping/Diving at your own risk.
Green Sands Beach: Swimming, Hiking, 4 Wheeling, Boogie Boarding, Sightseeing
Located near to South Point, access to this unique olivine covered beach is either by four wheel drive or by hiking a round trip of five miles from the end of South Point Ka Lae road. Be sure to where good hiking shoes, sun screen and bring plenty of water. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Ka’u coast line as you journey to the beach. Caution, swimming in the area can be hazardous due to strong currents.