Stretching from the boundary of South Kona to the upland town of Volcano, Kau is the largest moku on the island. It is also the most remote and uninhabited. But regardless of the barren landscapes, this moku offers a few surprises. It is the home of the only green sand beach in the islands. It is also the southernmost point in the USA. It also has one of the most picturesque black sand beaches in the islands and the sunniest weather of all moku. A visit to Kau would certainly be amiss without a visit to the Punaluu Black Sand Beach, The beach offers fine black volcanic sand which is a gorgeous contrast to the indigo blue waters and the white foam of the breaking surf. Turtles are commonly found on the beach soaking up the sun, but be careful not to bother or get too close to them since they are a protected species. The wide open spaces of Kau offer lots of views that include the slopes of Mauna Loa to occasional ocean views. Pahala, Punaluu and Naalehu are a collection of Hawaiian country and plantation towns. The Punaluu Bakeshop is a great spot to grab a loaf of sweet bread and a taste of island culture. Naalehu's Shaka Restaurant is a another spot to drink in local atmosphere and have a bite for lunch or dinner

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