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What You’ll Love About Kau
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a major attraction in Kau, features archaeological marvels, native wildlife, sightseeing spots, and hiking trails.
Several coffee farms in Kau have earned top awards in statewide and worldwide competitions. Learn all about this local tradition at the Kau Coffee Festival!
Kau offers a pleasantly warm climate all year long. Temperatures hover between the high 70s in the winter and mid 80s in the summer.
Come Explore Life in Kau
The District of Kau is located on the southernmost tip of the Big Island. Since it consists of both residential communities and designated nature preserves (including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park), residents enjoy incredible attractions just minutes from home.
Communities in this district include Naalehu (the southernmost town in the United States), Ocean View, Pahala, and Volcano.
What Future Residents Should Know About Kau
What's the Weather Like?
Much of the Kau district gets 40-60 inches of rain per year. The southernmost tip of the island (Ka Lae), is one of the windiest spots in Hawaii, and it's the site of the Pakini Nui Wind Farm.
Should I Be Worried About Volcanoes?
Kau is home to Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two active volcanoes on the Big Island. While some locations are at high risk of lava flow, most communities are in areas with less risk. View the map below to learn about lava zones in the District of Kau.
Kau's Best Attractions and Activities
Take a Look Around
- Kula Kai Caverns in Ocean View
- Manuka State Wayside in Ocean View
- Papakolea Green Sand Beach in Naalehu
- Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Naalehu
- South Point Park in Naalehu
Parks & Recreation
- Discovery Harbour Golf Course (private) in Naalehu
- Kau Forest Reserve in Naalehu
- Volcano Golf & Country Club in Volcano
- Whittington Beach Park in Naalehu
Culture and History
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- South Point Lighthouse in Naalehu
- Kau Coffee Growers Cooperative
- Kau Hospital
- State of Hawaii
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival
- Kau Coffee Festival
Kau Quick Facts
Travel & Commute
To Hilo from Ocean View: 1 hr., 45 min.
To Hilo from Volcano: 40 min.
Airport: Hilo International
Major Highways: Highway 11
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