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An Early Hike to Papakolea Green Sand Beach and Mahana Bay..... a favorite hike for many and Kalaekilohana is the place to stay to get there early. Time and time again, our guests have thanked us for suggesting they go early, before the crowds arrive from other parts of the island. We do not suggest driving the very rugged four wheel drive road to Papakolea. Although you will see others doing this, it's illegal to drive there without the proper permit. Instead, enjoy one of the most unique coastal hikes in Hawai`i. It's 2 1/2 miles each way and takes about an hour. Go early and experience the solitary splendor of Hawai`i Island's undeveloped southern coastline. At the beach, you'll find the geologically interesting green sands that continue to concentrate over time due to their weight. Remember to leave the sand where you found it so that others will be able to see it for years to come. Most of the year, the wind will be at your back for the trip home.

The Historical and Cultural Beauty of Ka Lae..... an easy afternoon adventure perfect for arriving guests looking for a simple drive and a moderate walk. Ka Lae, which is translated as, "the point",  is also known as South Point. To get the most out of your adventure, make sure you start your tour from Kalaekilohana with our Ka Lae Audio Tour. Our guests can drop off their luggage, pick up the CD and head out on their first adventure. We provide this to our guests as a courtesy.


A Trip to Volcanoes National Park is just 45 minutes away.

Kilohana and Mom demonstrating at HVNP

The park is an easy 45 minute drive. The guided tour into Kilauea Iki is a favorite and the red glow  just after sunset at Halema`uma`u Crater, with dinner in  between in Volcano Village is sure to leave you satisfied. The amazing thing about the park is that no matter what level you choose to participate at, there are enough things to do and see to keep everyone happy.


A Picnic and Swim at Pu`uhonua `O Honaunau and Ho`okena

The palms at Ho`okena


One of the best ways to enjoy some of the finest snorkeling on the island. A tour of this historically significant site and a picnic in the tranquil and lightly used picnic area is just the beginning. There's a nice hike to the back of the bay, a short walk over to two-step for a swim and snorkel, and the occasional turtle. OF course, Kalaekilohana is at the ready with a cooler, ice pack, beach towels, and snorkel gear. In the winter, this is a great spot for whale-watching.

Punalu`u, Pahala, and Wood Valley Scenic  Drive

A great sightseeing opportunity that demonstrates the amazing diversity  of our land. From the fish pond at Honuapo to lush greenery of Wood Valley, from the black sand at Punalu`u to the quiet plantation town of Pahala, it's a  look at daily life in Ka`u. We don't approach the turtles, but we love to go see them. Combine it with lunch at Hana Hou Restaurant in Na`alehu and enjoy.

808-939-8052    94-2152 South Point Road    P.O.Box 1125      Na`alehu, Hawai`i 96772


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