Puako: Best kept secret of Hawaii Island
The sleepy hamlet of Puako is tucked away on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island is an ideal location for any traveler looking to indulge in a relaxing, stress-free vacation. Just 30 minutes north of Kailua-Kona, an unassuming turn off the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway, past wild kiawe trees leads to the coastal community of Puako. Mostly known for its exceptional beaches, luxury vacation rentals and residences, Puako is home to one of the most extensive petroglyph fields in Hawaii.
The crystal clear waters off Puako are one of the best kept secrets of the Kona-Kohala Coast. Colorful fish, sea turtles, and local spinner dolphins frequent the reef along Puako’s shore. Vacation rentals and residences take in spectacular panoramic ocean views. Gather with residents along the shoreline to partake in the daily ritual of watching the sunset.
Puako vacation rentals offer an intimate Hawaii experience. Known for its year-round sunny skies, Puako is an endless summer playground. The Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve is one of the most popular sites in the community. A volcanic rock park composed of intricately designed carved petroglyphs, visitors experience the awe of ancient history through a 1.4-mile round trip hike around the “Malama Trail, ” home to nearly 3,000 petroglyphs ranging from turtles to deity symbols.
Puako General Store in the cornerstone to this 3-mile long community. Outfitted in “Parker Ranch Green” and white trim, you’ll find an array of picnic items, wine and beer, as well as made to order daily specialties. Puako General Store also offers fine dining catering and private chef services.
Snorkeling, scuba diving, beach combing, and kayaking are favorite activities for those visiting Puako. Nearby Waialea Bay (69 Beach) offers a picturesque white sandy beach with shady crescent-shaped inlets and easy ocean entry. Manta rays, sea turtles, and dolphins frequent the waters along Puako and Waialea Bay.
Puako is a stone’s throw from all the elite luxury resorts of the Kona Coast including Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea, and Waikoloa. Puako is a great place to stay while attending some of the Big Island’s premier events like Chef Fest, Taste of the Hawaiian Range, Hawaii Chocolate Festival, and the Waimea Ocean Film Festival.
Book your stay at one of our Puako luxury beachfront homes or villas on the Big Island today to have a tropical vacation of a lifetime.