Destination guide

A peek at Puako, a rare hidden coastal heaven on Hawaii

Peaceful coastline and private homes form a perfect backdrop to your Puako vacation rental. The town provides a bit of a break from the teeming resorts just to the north on Hawaii's Big Island. With a single main road dotted with multiple beach access points, Puako is a favorite spot for vacationers and locals. Snorkeling, dolphin watching, and beachcombing are popular pastimes for the whole family, and the casual dining options are ideal for you and your sweetheart, or you and your pals.

Things to do

The understated, seaside birthplace of "Hawaii Aloha"

The most visited building in the vicinity of your Puako vacation rental is probably Hokuloa Church, located right on the main road and the prettiest little white church you'll ever see. It was built in 1859 by Reverend Lorenzo Lyons, the missionary who composed "Hawaii Aloha," Hawaii's unofficial anthem. You can also drive a few miles north to find the Pau Mau Place Arboretum and Botanical Garden. It's full of paths lined with flower blossoms, friendly peacocks, decorative statues, and – of course – views of the sea.


Snorkeling, surfing, sunbathing - get pooped on Puako

Puako's beaches are divine. Hapuna Beach is a half-mile of white powdery sand, bright blue waves, and picnic areas. In winter, the waves are just right for surfers and bodyboarders but a bit high for little ones, so if toddlers are in tow, check out Beach 69 (named for a #69 utility pole in the parking lot). It's pristine, great for snorkeling, and offers some shade trees for relief from the sun. A boat tour can take you toward the whales and dolphins swimming offshore.


Puako is pretty perfect (this is Hawaii, after all)

You'll probably want to leave the windows open at your Puako vacation rental, because the weather is too good to just leave it outdoors. The tropical climate means warmth year-round, with summer highs in the 80s and winter lows in the not-so-low 60s. The town is on the drier, west coast of the Big Island, but it's still a rainy place. If you want to keep your umbrella-carrying moments to a minimum, travel in September, when rainfall is roughly half what it is in March, Puako's wettest month.

Natural features

Lava rocks make a home for turtles, tide pools, and you

Vacationers might expect to find bright blue water and beautiful beaches in a seaside town like Puako, but its coastline is also known for giant, teeming tide pools. You can reach them easily from the road. Step over the pulverized coral and lava on shore, and peek into a crowd of fish, sea urchins, and other marine life. You might even spot sea turtles sunning on the rocks. If you're up for an adventure, scuba dive in the surrounding waters, where you'll find caverns, lava tubes, and reefs to explore.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Puako

The nearest airport is in Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala), located 10.1 mi (16.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.), which is 21.5 mi (34.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Puako?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,405 vacation rentals near Puako. From 320 Houses to 25 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Puako for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Puako?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Puako:

  • Kulalani: 187 vacation rentals
  • The Cape: 96 vacation rentals
  • The Estates: 140 vacation rentals
  • Kona Palisades: 175 vacation rentals
  • Kohala Estates: 35 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Puako?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Puako. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mauna Lani Resort Golf Course: 1,548 vacation rentals
  • Waikoloa Kings Golf Course: 1,535 vacation rentals
  • Dolphin Quest: 1,587 vacation rentals
  • Francis H.I'i Brown North Golf Course: 1,512 vacation rentals
  • Kings Shops: 1,552 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Puako listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Puako?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 320 Houses in Puako. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Puako include:

  • Cottages: 25 rentals available
  • Villas: 150 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 695 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Puako?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,211 vacation rentals with pool available in Puako. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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