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Puako Travel Guide - Owner Direct Vacation Rentals: Puako (pronounced Pu-ah-Ko) is located four miles south of Kawaihae. This small oceanfront community located on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island has been a favorite destination for visitors and Hawaiians for over a century. Puako Bay is made up of a 3 mile ribbon of white sand beach, a perfect base for the various beach activities.
Puako is considered by many people to have one of the most spectacular reefs in the state. While scuba diving, there are huge caverns and caves to explore as well as a colorful concentration of coral and marine life to view.
Puako is rich in Hawaiian history. Walk south along the ocean trail to see the petroglyphs (carvings etched into the lava rock that dominates the Kohala and Kona Coasts). There are approximately 3,000 individual designs scattered throughout the Puako Archaeological Fields. Tourists and locals can visit these ancient engravings by themselves or in a group tour.