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What You’ll Love About Kau

A nature trail through dense tropical forest in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The Amenities

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a major attraction in Kau, features archaeological marvels, native wildlife, sightseeing spots, and hiking trails.

Aerial view of a latte with white foam sitting in a white cup on a wooden table.

The Employment

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!

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The Weather

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.

A rainfall map of the Big Island of Hawaii.

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

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local attractions

Favorite Attractions

  • 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 and recreation

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

shopping and dining

Shopping & Dining


Culture and History

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • South Point Lighthouse in Naalehu


Employment Opportunities

  • Kau Coffee Growers Cooperative
  • Kau Hospital
  • State of Hawaii

Community Events

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival
  • Kau Coffee Festival

Kau Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

Communities: Naalehu, Ocean View, Pahala, Volcano
County: Hawaii


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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