Puna is a district of Hawaii County on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The District of Puna is located on the easternmost portion of the island. It borders the District of South Hilo to the northwest, and the District of Kau to the southwest. Puna’s North & east sides border the Pacific Ocean. Puna measures approximately 500 square miles, slightly smaller than the island of Kauai.
Puna has tremendous historic and cultural significance to the Hawaiian people. It features many sacred areas as well as Hawaiian Home Lands, both residential and farm. Three well known towns located within the Puna District include Kea’au, Pahoa, and Mountain View.
In the Hawaiian language, puna can mean a spring (of water) and is also the name of the district.
From the slopes of Mauna Loa to the Pacific Ocean, Puna is a very diverse area with several climate zones and elevations. It’s a magical place where you can experience beautiful black sand beaches, rugged shoreline cliffs, lush tropical rain forests, desolate desert-like areas, and volcanic activity.
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You can find many fresh water cool and hot springs around the area. Natural vegetation include an abundance of Ohia Lehua trees and hapupu tree ferns.
Climate and rich soil makes it perfect for commercial agriculture. Once, there were days of sugar & coffee. Today it’s macadamia & papaya. Puna supplies a huge portion of the worlds orchids and anthurium flowers.
Three well known attractions are: 1) Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 2) MacKenzie State Recreation Area and 3) Lava Tree State Park. Other attractions have since gave way to lava flows include Kalapana, Kaimu Bay, and Queens Bath fresh water spring.
Read more about Puna: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puna,_Hawaii