Puna District - Big Island Hawaii
The Puna district is probably the most diverse area on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is a place where you can experience untouched Hawaiian nature, magical places like Lava Tree State Monument, Kipuka Puaulu (the Bird Sanctuary) and the Kilauea Volcano in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Puna borders with South Hilo and Kau and its close proximity to Hilo Town makes it a great place for commuters, because Puna is much more affordable, private and pristine as Hilo (plus you got much better weather there - Hilo is by many Hawaiians humorously called the “armpit of Hawaii”, because you got stuffy, moist and moldy climate there.)
Puna’s economy mainly comes from agriculture with some of the best growers of fruits like papaya, bananas, tropical flowers like orchids, anthuriums, ginger flower, heliconia and bird of paradise, tropical trees, beggies and coffee.
But there is also a large community of artists and alternative medicine practitioners present, which add to the colorful and bright atmosphere of this district.
You will find huge mansions on ocean front properties, but also hidden trailers on large forest properties that run off grid on solar power or generators. While there was a huge storm on the very affordable Hawaii real estate in Puna 5 years back, the demand has gone down, but Puna remains still the fastest growing area in Hawaii.
There are not as many foreign investors and second home buyers as on some of the other Hawaiian Islands, which means that most of the people buying here actually also plan on living here. This gives it a strong sense of community and one of the last financial sanctuaries for people who want to live in Hawaii, without having a huge financial burden.
The Puna district offers a beautiful coastline, called "Puna Coast" (even though the Puna beaches, which are mostly black sand are more on the coarse side - this is mainly because the Big Island is much younger and the sand is not fully broken down yet), multiple climate zones because of variety of elevations, intact nature with a huge National Forest Reserve and laid back stress-free Hawaiian lifestyle.
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