Nearby Attractions

The Kau district on the Big Island has a variety of things to do and see. Explore the surrounding neighborhoods to get a feel of what its like to live like a local, from gorgeous parks and coffee plantations to art galleries and cute cafés.

Hawaii Volanoes National Park evening with lava glow. A native Ohia tree stands in the foreground.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Founded in 1916 and located 30 miles southwest of Hilo is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The chance to witness lava flows make this a popular visitor attraction and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.

Volcano Village - hand-made ceramics made by the artists in the community

Volcano Village

This artist community, situated in the rainforest in the Puna district, is home to creative and independent spirits who find inspiration in nature. Peruse the galleries of notable glass blowers, painters and ceramic artists, and then stop for a bite to eat.

Locally grown mango at Cooper's Center Farmer's Market

Farmer’s Market

Early Sunday mornings, at Cooper’s Center on Wright Road, find a lovely farmer’s market where locals frequent. Browse fresh cut flowers, locally grown vegetables and baked goods.

Hand-picked coffee cherries from the estate on Maunaloa Mountain for Aikane Plantation Coffee

Aikane Plantation Coffee Co.

Grown on the volcanic soil of Kau, the Aikane Plantation Coffee rests on a family estate located on the slopes of majestic Mauna Loa Mountain. Handpicked coffee cherries have qualified this coffee company for the Seal of Quality.

Ka Lae or South Point cliff the southernmost point and also green sand beach

Ka Lae (South Point)

This is the southernmost point in the U.S.A. Take the narrow South Point Road 12 miles through open ranch lands lined with white windmills. There is a small heiau (sacred place of worship) so visitors should treat the area with great respect.

Punaluu Black Sand Beach with sea turtles resting on the shore.

Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Find this black sand beach in Punaluu, between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the small town of Naalehu. Visitors often encounter large Hawaiian Green Sea turtles sunning on the beach. Picnic areas and restrooms are available.

Lava Trees State Park path

Lava Trees State Park

Southeast of Pahoa Town, in the district of Puna, is this 17-acre State Monument. For an easy walk take the 0.7-mile loop trail to see the amazing lava molds of the trunks of Ohia trees left from the 1700’s lava flow.

Lava rocks and black sand with palms growing in the sand at Kalapana, Kaimu Beach Park

Kalapana

At the end of Hwy 130 you’ll find the black sand beach, Kaimu. It is all that remains after the 1990 lava flow from Kilauea that engulfed Kalapana. The viewing area is a 20-minute hike through a residential neighborhood. It’s open from 2:00-10:00 p.m.

Ka'u Coffee Mill coffee beans before harvest and roasting

Kau Coffee Mill Inc.

Located in the town of Pahala, Ka’u Coffee Mill offers an island experience coffee lovers will not want to miss.This award-winning coffee mill offers a retail shop plus free tours of coffee orchards, milling, and roasting.

Punaluu Bake Shop variety of baked goods from guava, taro and sweet bread loaves and buns to cookies and pineapple fruit cake.

Punaluu Bake Shop

Punuluu Bake Shop hears your cravings and beckons you to surrender to its famous Hawaiian sweetbreads, malasadas, anpans, ice cream and more. This shop is the southernmost bakery in the U.S.A., nestled on a 4-acre tropical estate.