On the east side of Hawaii’s Big Island is the district of Puna, known for rugged coastline, frequent volcanic activity, and not-so-mainstream lifestyles.
Due to the frequent volcanic flows and shape of Mauna Loa, this section of Hawaii has some of the flattest expanses in the state. Being on the windward side means that many places in Puna rack up huge amounts of rainfall. These two factors combined fill Puna with forests, cutting down the line of sight afforded other parts of the island.
So, to see the ocean here, one has to get to the coast. Once there, you will be rewarded with wide views, rugged paths, and quiet solitude.
These beautiful purple orchids stand tall near an old-fashioned stone well, complete with bucket and hoist. read more
It is a beautiful view from the point overlooking Waimanalo Beach Park and Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area. read more
Sunrise greets La’ie Point with a brilliant burst colors on Oahu’s windward side. From La’ie Point you can explore sweeping views of the coastline and several small nearshore islands. read more
The north shores of Maui are turbulent waters, tropical rains, and windy afternoons. These conditions are the perfect set up for creating some of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches. read more
Steep pali (cliffs), lush from rain and tropical sun, dive into the warm Pacific ocean below on the windward side of the Oahu coastline. read more
The Big Island (the Orchid Isle) doesn’t disappoint when it comes to tropical flowers like this white, blue, brown, and green orchid. read more
The picturesque coastline from Kapa’a to Lihue is on the windward side of Kaua’i, making it vibrant with life from frequent rains. read more