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ADIP: The Ka`u Coast

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The Ka`u Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island

A four day business trip to Hawaii is not the easiest way to travel — especially when you consider it involves two six hour time changes and twenty plus hours in airports and planes. Still, I made every effort to see a bit of the Ka`u Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island.

This is Hawaii as it used to be, before gated communities and over-engineered family resorts.

Ka'u Coast 4

Melanesians first landed in Hawaii on the Big Island near Ka Lae (South Point). This coast is the southernmost piece of land in the United States.

Ka Lae

At Kalaekilohana, innkeepers Kilohana Domingo and Kenny Joyce welcome guests with true “Aloha Spirit.” It is one of the warmest, most comfortable B&Bs I’ve ever visited. And Kenny is a great cook too.


Hawaiian Beads

Visitors travel miles to buy Hawaiian sweet bread at the Panalu’u Bake Shop in the town of Na`alehu not too far from Volcanoes National Park.

Panalu'u Bakery

Over the centuries lava flows have created a dramatic Ka’u coastline.

Lava Coast 1

Ka’u coffee farms – like Cloud Rest Coffee – are challenging Kona coffee on quality and winning recognition in international cupping competitions.

Cloud Forest

On the road of life, we must make choices. So what will it be: Kona? Or Volcano?

Road Sign


1 Marilyn Terrell { 05.13.08 at 5:59 pm }

Not bad for a four-day business trip– you found some good spots!

2 Nomadic Matt { 05.15.08 at 4:09 pm }

I wish my work sent me to places like that.

3 Kapalua { 11.12.08 at 9:38 pm }

Hello, I love this blog, thank you for writing it! Have you ever visited Kapalua Resort on the northwest of Maui, Hawaii? It’s a beautiful resort with lots of beaches, golf courses, and a real pineapple plantation—perfect place for families, too. I’d love to hear what you think of it. Aloha!

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