Kaʻ ū

Kahuku Ranch • Waiohinu • Naʻalehu • Pahala • Kilauea Military Camp • Volcano Village

Known as the Deep South, this region has a long, culturally rich, farming and ranching history. Ka Lae (South Point) is possibly the site where the first voyagers to Hawaiʻi arrived around 200 BC. Historically Native Hawaiians from this region were known for their koa canoe building skills, fishing and feather kihe’s (capes) made from native birds. This area was once the land of ruling chiefs that controlled the south and east side of Hawaiʻi Island. One of their many notable chiefs was Kalaniʻōpuʻu, who was one of the last ruling chiefs of Kaʻū. Chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu was held hostage by Captain James Cook in 1779 and was the uncle and mentor to Kamehameha the Great. After the death of Kalaniʻōpuʻu, Kamehameha the Great was the first chief to unify the Hawaiian Islands under one ruler in 1810. Since 1868, this region has experienced a series of severe lava flows; starting in 1877, 1907, 1919, 1926, 1950, 1984 and current eruption activity at Halemaʻumaʻu Crater continues to this day. Known for their prominent agricultural roots, the first sugar mill was built in this region in 1866. Sugar continued to be the dominant industry until sugar production was terminated in 1996. Throughout the decades cattle ranching, macadamia nut farming and coffee growing has filled the agricultural void left by the bygone sugar era. Today Kaʻū is recognized on the worldwide stage for their exquisite coffee. Locally they are known for their Punaluʻu Bake Shop breads and malasadas, up and coming coffee shops, and are a treasured source that supplies the Island of Hawaii with Big Island grown beef. Ka`u remains wild, free and strong willed in the community’s long standing kuleana (responsibility) to keep it that way.

What to Bring when Hiking HVNP

What to Bring when Hiking HVNP

What to bring: We highly recommend that you bring warm clothes and hiking shoes when visiting the park. The weather can be surprisingly cold, even during the summer months.

Best Dining in Volcano

Best Dining in Volcano

Best dining in volcano! It is difficult to find somewhere to eat in Volcano, but don’t worry! We have the inside scoop so you can always find a warm meal.

Best Lava Viewing Spots

Best Lava Viewing Spots

For the best view of the glow and lava, plan to view it at night or in the early morning hours. Check the weather conditions before you start your journey.

Punaluʻu Bake Shop

Punaluʻu Bake Shop

Welcome to the Southernmost Bakery in the United States! Malasadas, also known as Hawai`i’s favorite fried donut with a tropical twist!

Kilauea Lodge

Kilauea Lodge

Step back in time at this classic rainforest lodge retreat, located in charming Volcano Village.

Volcano House Hotel

Volcano House Hotel

Located on the rim of Kīlauea Caldera, this classic forest lodge hotel is the perfect place to see the glow of Halemaumau Crater from the comfort of your hotel room.

Stargazing

Stargazing

Mauna Kea’s height and remote destination with virtually no light pollution makes this location the most ideal spot in the world for astronomical observation.

South Point (Ka Lae)

South Point (Ka Lae)

South Point is the southernmost point of the Hawaiian islands and the 50 United States.

The Rim

The Rim

Live life on the edge and enjoy a delicious dining experience at the Rim!

Ka Lae Coffee

Ka Lae Coffee

This is a cozy, warm neighborhood coffee shop with cool vibes!

Uncle George’s Bar

Uncle George’s Bar

Follow the footsteps of past adventurers and warm yourself by the grand fireplace while sipping on one of Uncle George’s signature drinks.

Punaluʻu Beach

Punaluʻu Beach

Dark-inky volcanic sands that give this beach its distinctive look.