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Puako is Rich in Hawaiian History and Unforeseen Changes

The little settlement of Puako Beach today fronts a single road on the Big Island that starts at the Queen Kaahumanu Highway, ambles along the shoreline for 3 miles, and terminates at Paniau. It lies South of Hapuna Beach State Park and Waialea Bay and just North of the Mauna Lani Resort.

The major portion of Puako land was subdivided by the Territory of Hawaii in the early 1950’s into approximately 160 lots. They were sold at auction with the proviso that a building costing at least $1,000 be constructed on the property within 5 years. Some of those houses still stand today and they are the basis of the contemporary Puako.

The life story of that small community began nearly a millennium ago. It has been a fishing village, a sugar plantation farm, a honey farm, a feeding stop for cattle drives, and today, the only residential oceanfront community on the South Kohala Coast of the island of Hawaii.

Over the years, real estate and vacation rental prices have skyrocketed. Homeowners, residents, and mainland visitors became the witnesses of revolutionary changes; Puako has gained fame and multi-million dollar properties started to float along the winding shore.

It is said that the old Hawaiians come back in the night from time to time, marching down the old trails, speaking to each other in low, musical voices, and for all we know, checking out the current action in the old neighborhood.

Why don’t you come by and see what you can hear being whispered along the shoreline?

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CC

November 27, 2011

Hi Cathrine,
Just bought a papale that is supposed to be one from the Ruddle ‘Ohana and wonder if there might be more info’ I can find out about it~the maker, owner and any other history about the family.
Mahalo, CC

CC

November 27, 2011

Hi Cathrine,
Just bought a papale that is supposed to be one from the Ruddle ‘Ohana and wonder if there might be more info’ I can find out about it~the maker, owner and any other history about the family.
Mahalo, CC

makani

April 23, 2012

Puako is alive with Mana and history. Ancient battle were fought on the shores, desease from sailing ships devistated the area, chiefs from every island gathered in Puako to talk, and there is more. The last chief of the area was David Kaono. Puako is magical and very spiritual. There are many grave sites in the area.

makani

April 23, 2012

Puako is alive with Mana and history. Ancient battle were fought on the shores, desease from sailing ships devistated the area, chiefs from every island gathered in Puako to talk, and there is more. The last chief of the area was David Kaono. Puako is magical and very spiritual. There are many grave sites in the area.

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