Ka‘u

From Ocean View, South Point and Naalehu to Pahala, Wood Valley and large portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the district of Ka‘u encompasses some of the most remote and dramatic areas on Hawaii’s Big Island.  The rugged lavascape of Ocean View provides a unique backdrop for residential living in the largest subdivision in the United States. Whether the makai neighborhoods of Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos (HOVR) or the mauka areas of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE), the Ocean View area spans from makai of the highway reaching 600 feet above sea level to the mauka areas up to the 4,000-foot elevations and higher.

Ocean View features relative affordability for potential homeowners. This is also true of areas farther south, including Waiohinu, Mark Twain Estates, Discovery Harbour and Green Sand Subdivision.  Home of the Punalu‘u Bake Shop, Naalehu offers convenience shopping, public schools and plantation-era neighborhoods. A former sugar plantation town, Pahala is a multi-generational town dotted with vintage homes and plantation cottages, plus convenience shopping, a high school and a hospital. Inland from Pahala, the Wood Valley Buddhist temple hosted the Dalai Lama when he visited Hawaii in the early 1990s.

Scenic attractions in Ka‘u include the famous Green Sand Beach (Mahana beach), known for its distinctive green-colored sand derived from olivine. Equally famous, the black sand beach of Punalu‘u marks the home of the endangered hawksbill turtle. South Point boasts the distinction of being the southernmost point in the United States.

The star attraction of Ka‘u, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park receives more visitors per year than anywhere else in the Hawaiian Islands. Home of the volcano goddess, Pele, the fiery Halema‘uma‘u Crater entices visitors with its nightly glow from the Kilauea caldera.   Volcano Village, also located in Ka‘u, brims with fern-shrouded neighborhoods lined with vintage homes and cozy getaways. A thriving artists community creates works of renown in Volcano Village.

Copyright Karen Anderson

District of Ka'u Area Property For Sale