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About Kau

The Kau District is located on the southern part of the Big Island in Hawaii. Kau is the largest region of the Big Island, spanning almost 1,000 square miles of the Island’s southern coast. The District is home to the magnificent Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which flaunts tropical rainforests, barren deserts, and Volcanic mountains.

Kau was the first place to be reached by Polynesian settlers when they sailed to the island. One of the likely landing spots was the southernmost point in the U.S.A, Kalae (also known as South Point) located on the bottom edge of the region.

Despite its size, Kau has the lowest population densities on the Big Island. The residents that live here are divided into the small towns of Punaluu, Waiohinu, Volcano village, Naalehu, and Pahala. These residents get to experience ultimate seclusion from the large tourist numbers that visit Hawaii, as the area is free from resorts, golf courses, and hotels.

Residents can expect sunshine and blue skies year-round, the area receives very little rainfall, with around 30-40 inches expected annually. It feels like summer year-round with superb temperatures ranging between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, often reaching up over 100 degrees in the desert area.

What Life Is Like In Kau

Experience the different ecosystems of the Big Island on a cruise down the Kau coast from Kona to Volcano village. A large portion of the Kau region is made up of desert with a lack of vegetation or wildlife. These deserts cover the Kīlauea Volcano and are made up entirely of volcanic ash, gravel, dried lava, and sand. The limited flora and fauna are due to the acid rainfall that Kau experiences.

On the east side of the district, the land is more fertile and you will find a range of farms, orchards, and ranches here. Wood Valley is one of the more spiritual places on the island and perfect for a meditation retreat. Kau is famous for its privacy and remoteness. Artists, philosophers, and writers have sought solace from the outside world here for decades.

Despite the infertile land in the majority of the region, there is still plenty to do when living in Kau. Some of the main attractions include visiting the region’s famous beaches; the Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach, the Papakōlea Green Sand Beach – famous for its brightly colored sand, and the Whittington Beach Park.

The region of Kau has always taken great pride in its cuisine, the best places to eat and for locals to interact in Kau are the Punaluʻu Bake Shop, Hana Hau, Ka Lae Coffee, Ka Lae Thai Food, and the two weekly farmers markets.

There are thousands of acres to explore in Kau, and much of the district is like nowhere else in the world. The unique scenery leaves residents feeling like they are living on another planet when residing in Kau. The most popular places to visit in Kau include Ka Lae (South Point), Kaʻū Coffee Mill, Wood Valley Temple Manuka State Park.

Residents and tourists alike can hike the Kaʻū Desert Trailhead, explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and discover the Kula Kai Caverns. The summer season in Kau is ideal for anyone who loves hiking, windsurfing, surfing, fishing, and snorkeling.

Naalehu and Pahala are two of the most populated regions in Kau. These quaint little towns do not have many residents but they still have a unique vibe to them. Tight-knit, welcoming communities can be found around the district of Kau.

Buying Property In Kau

The Hawaiian Islands have a magical aura that draws people in from all around the world. Once people visit these tropical paradises they simply don’t want to leave! Luckily, there is a range of residential and vacant land opportunities available in Kau for anyone interested in owning their own piece of paradise.

There is an alluring list of benefits that residents living in Kau experience. Here is a summary of a few of the highlights.

  • Beaches: The Kau coast is home to unique beaches. The Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach is one of the most popular on the Big Island, and the Papakōlea Green Sand Beach is famous for its green and yellow sand.
  • Fertile Land: The eastern side of Kau is known for its biodiversity of plants and fauna. Volcanoes help to make the land fertile. Perfect for raising cattle, and growing delicious fruits and vegetables.
  • Stargazing: Thanks to the low population density and limited light pollution, the night skies are very clear in Kau, residents enjoy an unobstructed view into the cosmos each night.
  • Volcanoes: The volcanoes which make up the Big Island are an impressive sight to behold. The lava flows are evidence of the continuous change on the Island. One of the most incredible national parks in the US is found in Kau, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Some of the best hiking on the Island can be done in the district of Kau.

Big Island Real Estate Available In Kau

If you are one of the many people looking to invest in the Hawaii Big Island real estate market, check out the wide range of houses for sale in Kau. From single-family homes for sale to many vacant land opportunities to build your dream property you will find what you need in Kau.

Find Kau real estate market trends updated monthly here and Hawaiian homes for sale in the Kau region at Search Hawaii Property on the Kau search page. Get in touch with Renee at Search Hawaii Property to find out more about Kau real estate.

The eastern part of the district of Kau features fertile agricultural lands, producing an abundance of local fresh produce. Cattle farms, Macadamia nut orchards, coffee plantations, and other tropical fruit and vegetables are just some of the commercial Big Island real estate options to be found in Kau.