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Just steps from Hale a Kimo Kali, is the Red Road, also known as route 137, Kapoho Kalapana Road. This 12 mile scenic ocean drive is considered by many to be the most beautiful on the island. Many areas of the road are nearly covered by a canopy of trees creating “tree tunnels”. On the Red Road there are many sites to explore, some of which we mention here. All these attractions are just a short drive from Hale a Kimo Kali.

Kehena Black Sand Beach

What drew us to the community of Kehena Beach Estates is that, just a short 5 minute walk from Hale a Kimo Kali is Kehena Black Sand Beach. Enjoy beautiful and breathtaking views of the turquoise blue ocean water from the upper vantage point or take the short rocky trail down to the beach. What we like about this area is the sense of “community” among those that enjoy this special beach. It attracts locals, couples both gay and straight, hippies and nudists, are all accepted and welcomed.

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You can find the path down to the beach, to the left of the small parking lot / overlook. Be careful descending the steep lava stone path down to the beach. On occasions you might see dolphins, sea turtles and seasonal whales pass by. Clothes are optional at this beach. On the weekend the beach is popular with locals. Sundays are known as “drum-circle” day and the beach can get crowded. On some days the surf can be rough for swimming. On those days just find a spot, sit yourself down and take in its beauty & uniqueness. This is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee while watching the sunrise.  Kehena Beach

Ahalanui Park

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Ahalanaui Park also called “The Warm Ponds” is located just a short drive from the house. The main pool is ocean-fed and can reach a temperature of up to 90 degrees because of being volcanically heated by the lava beneath the parks surface. A man made sea wall separates the main pool from the ocean. Many tourists come here for its therapeutic tendencies. Facilities located at Ahalanui Park include restrooms, picnic tables, barbecue grills and plenty of free parking. Ahalanui Park

Kapoho Tide Pools

Here you will find some of the best snorkeling on the island. The water is crystal clear, calm and considered among the best snorkeling in Hawaii. Just beyond this spot is “Champagne Pond”, an ocean spring and favorite spot for sea turtles. Kapoho Tide Pools

Mackenzie Sate Park

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Beautiful views of the steep rugged coastline from this scenic park forested by ironwood trees. This park is also a favorite place for fishermen casting off the cliffs. A large lava tube cave can be seen near the park’s picnic pavilion, as well as numerous sea caves along the cliff’s edge. Mackenzie Sate Park

Star of the Sea Church

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There are four painted churches on the Big Island. This one is the most special and we are lucky to have it just a few miles from our home, just off route 130 in Kalapana. Known for its trompe l’oeil murals and the stained glass adorning its interior, the Star of the Sea Painted Church boasts a history as colorful as its walls. It was moved to its present location in 1990 to survive the lava flow that destroyed most of the village of Kalapana. Star of Sea Church

Uncle Robert’s Awa Bar & Farmers Market

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Located at the end of route 137, just a few miles from the house you will find Uncle Robert’s Awa Bar and Farmers Market. It’s the hot spot for locals and tourists to visit on a Wednesday evening starting at 5pm. Here you will find live music, food vendors and artisans selling their crafts. This is an ideal place to experience the local culture. It’s become a gathering place for people not only to eat and shop, but to socialize, share and expand their connections. If you arrive early you can take the short 5-10 minute walk to Kaimu Black Sand Beach. Uncle Robert’s

Isaac Hale Beach Park

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Just minutes from the house, this park is a haven for local fishermen and is also enjoyed by surfers when the waves are up. There is a boat ramp which fishermen use to launch their boats (this is the only boat launch area in the entire Puna district). This park is popular with picnickers, shoreline fisherman, surfers and campers. Swimming conditions can be poor here due to the strong currents and waves. Isaac Hale Park

Lava Tree State Park

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Lava Tree State Park has some of the most fascinating lava rock formations in the entire Hawaiian Islands. The 1790 lava flow left a thick coating as it flowed through the old forests encasing the larger trees and burning them to ashes, but not before creating free standing tubes in the shapes of trees. The walk through the park is short and there is free parking. Lava Tree State Park

Lava Viewing

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Just a short drive from the house at the end of Highway 130, is the Kalapana viewing area offering you the chance to witness Pele’s awesome power of creation. You can view the lava flowing from Kilauea’s Pu’u O’o vent and into the ocean. The round-trip 6 mile hike can take up to three hours. Be prepared with sturdy footwear, proper attire, sunscreen, a flashlight (we have some at the house), as well as water. And most of all, don’t forget to bring your camera to record this incredible sight. The viewing area is normally open daily from 3-9 p.m., with the last car permitted into the parking area at 8:30 p.m. Cell phone service can be spotty in areas. The activity of the ocean entry can also be observed from the ocean on a boat Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow To Ocean 8-3-16 tour or from above by helicopter. Note that conditions change from day to day, so lava-viewing experiences can vary. Lava Viewing

Kalani Oceanside Retreat

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Located along the scenic Red Road is Kalani, an educational retreat center offering individual retreats, group workshops, yoga classes and community life experiences. Kalani Retreat Center

 

Some of the operators offering tours are:

Lava Land Hawaii

Kapohokine Adventures

Big Island Lava Boat

Kalapana Cultural Tours

Paradise Helicopters

Lava Flow Webcam