There are at least over 40 Puna subdivisions. These subdivisions are sometimes as big as cities. For example, Hawaiian Paradise Park has over 8,800 building lots and is the second largest private subdivision in the United States. Puna's recorded households consist mainly of single family dwellings. Most of the properties in Puna are zoned as agricultural land (Ag) and therefore most of these single family dwellings are actually considered "farm dwellings".
Puna's recorded households consist mainly of single family dwellings. Most of the properties in Puna are zoned as agricultural land (Ag) and therefore most of these single family dwellings are actually considered "farm dwellings".
The Puna subdivisions were mostly formed in the 50’s and 60’s before zoning laws were introduced and so they were created more or less like independent ‘pods’. This is the main reason why the different subdivisions offer such varied lot sizes. (See table below)
Most Popular Puna Subdivisions
The subdivisions in Puna are not always interconnected, so traveling from one to the other is sometimes only possible via the highway. But in other cases, you may be in one subdivision and then unknowingly cross over into another without noticing because there is often a lack of consistent signage and the forest in one subdivision looks pretty much the same as the forest in the neighboring subdivision. There are plans to increase the interconnectivity of the subdivisions in the future, but this will not be possible without the sacrifice of some of the properties in that particular area.
Some subdivisions are growing at a faster than others due to various reasons. Proximity to Hilo is a big plus for commuters. Increasing home prices in the Hilo area, which continues to pushes people towards the outskirts and even beyond the city boundaries, have definitely had a big influence on development in the nearby Puna subdivisions. Plus things like having paved roads, existing electrical poles and access to county water makes a subdivision more desirable. It is important to understand the lava hazard and flood zones as they can have a big impact on the value of a property and they definitely can have a negative impact on the development of certain areas within a subdivision.