The languid shores of Puako radiate a tropical vibe of Old Hawai‘i, where time seems to stand still and life takes on a relaxed, no hurries-no worries pace.

Vintage homes and cottages from the 1950s line the shores of Puako Beach Drive, which traverses along the south side of Puako Bay for two miles. On the inland side of the street, some homes are built above beautiful brackish ponds and offer incredible views of Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountains. No matter where you live in Puako, you’re only a few steps away from the shore, large coral reefs, beach access entries and tide pools.

 The gathering place for neighbors and visitors to enjoy a soda and sandwich on a hot summer day, Puako General Store is old-fashioned roadside mart with a wooden front porch and swinging screen-door. At the entry to Puako Beach Drive, Hokuloa United Church-Christ stands sentry, steeped in a history that dates to 1852.

One of the most unique beaches on the Big Island, Waialea Bay (Beach 69) features private beach coves divided by fallen kiawe trees that resemble giant pieces of sun-bleached driftwood.

For upscale dining and shopping venues, Puako is located near three major Kohala Coast resorts: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The nearby harbor town of Kawaihae boasts a several excellent restaurants including the Blue Dragon and Café Pesto. The upcountry town of Waimea, with its grocery stores, restaurants and convenience centers, is just a 15-minute drive up the hill.

Home-buying opportunities in Puako include newer resort-style homes, vintage beach cottages built in the single-wall construction style, custom single-family homes and condominiums.

(c) Karen Anderson


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