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Puako is a small community in the North Kona district of The Big Island. Situated alongside Puako Bay and adjacent to Wailea Bay, this is still a relatively undiscovered part of the "leeward," or western side of the island. Puako has the distinction of being the sunniest spot on the Kona Coast, with the least rainfall per year (an average of 5.7 inches.) This tiny little town that runs alongside the seashore is also known for being the home of the largest gathering of petroglyphs in Hawaii. Located off Highway 19, approximately 3,000 of these drawings are found on a series of smooth volcano dome shaped rocks. Scientists believe these drawings held spiritual significance for ancient Hawaiians, and it's a must see for those visiting Puako. The crystal clear waters of Puako Bay offer some of the best snorkeling in the state, and the well-known Hapuna Beach is just five minutes away. Puako is also just a short drive to all the world class resorts, fine restaurants, shopping and championship golf courses of the South Kohala/North Kona Coast area. But, Puako offers more privacy than some of the other larger cities of the west coast of The Big Island, so, you may never want to leave! In Puako, you can walk the shore and enjoy a gorgeous island sunset, snorkel with friendly sea turtles and explore fascinating tidepools, explore the historic petroglyphs, or relax and do nothing but enjoy the sunny days and balmy nights!

Surrounding areas: Mauna Lani, Hawaii (1.0 mi), Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hawaii (1.3 mi), Waikoloa Village, Hawaii (2.4 mi), Kawaihae, Hawaii (7.9 mi), Kamuela, Hawaii (11.6 mi), Kalopa, Hawaii (13.4 mi), Waimea, Hawaii (15.5 mi)

Puako Vacation Rentals

Puako Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Nomura Hawaii Village68-1270 S Kaniku DrKamuela, HI (808) 885-6611
The Fairmont Orchid1 N Kaniku DrKamuela, HI1.1 mi.(808) 885-2000
Elima Lani @ Walkosoa Village68-3883 Lua Kula StWaikoloa, HI4.8 mi.(800) 367-5004
Hyatt Regency WaikoloaWaikoloa, HI4.9 mi.(808) 885-1234
The Bay Club At Wailea Resort69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrWaikoloa, HI4.9 mi.(808) 886-7979
Bay Club At Waikoloa Beach69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI13.1 mi.(808) 885-7979
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel62-100 Kauna'oa DrKamuela, HI13.1 mi.(808) 880-1111
Hilton Waikoloa Village425 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI13.1 mi.(808) 885-1234
Mauna Beach Hotel62-100 Mauna Kea BCH DrKamuela, HI13.1 mi.(808) 880-1111
Nomura Hawaii VillageSouth Kaniku DrKamuela, HI13.1 mi.(808) 885-6611
Orchid At Mauna LaniNorth Kaniku DrKohala Coast, HI13.1 mi.(808) 845-9905
Kona Coast Resort IIAlii DrKailua-kona, HI19.1 mi.(808) 324-1721
Kanaloa At KonaManu Kai StKona, HI19.1 mi.(808) 822-9025

Puako Weather & Climate

The north/northwestern tip of The Big Island is lush and green year round. Due to its central location on the island, it is also somewhat in the middle where precipitation is concerned - not quite as dry as the western "leeward" side, but not as wet as the eastern "windward" side. Showers occur year round in this area, but most often at night or in the late afternoon. The temperature is warm throughout the year, only slightly warmer in the summer months, and cooler during the overnight hours. Other important features of the climate on The Big Island include moderate humidity and persistent northeasterly trade winds. In winter, the trade winds may be interrupted for days or weeks by the invasion of cyclones and this brings more rainstorms and southerly and westerly winds to the island.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 78°F 64°F 1.93 in. 72°F
February 78°F 64°F 0.75 in. 72°F
March 80°F 65°F 1.08 in. 71°F
April 81°F 66°F 0.13 in. 72°F
May 82°F 67°F 0.16 in. 72°F
June 83°F 69°F 0.18 in. 74°F
July 83°F 70°F 0.17 in. 74°F
August 84°F 70°F 0.23 in. 75°F
September 84°F 70°F 0.23 in. 75°F
October 83°F 70°F 0.34 in. 75°F
November 81°F 68°F 1.09 in. 74°F
December 79°F 66°F 0.52 in. 73°F

Puako Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located about 13 miles east of Puako in Kamuela, Hawaii, the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located approximately 17 miles southwest of Puako in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii, and finally the Hilo International airport (ITO) located roughly 55 miles southeast of Puako in Hilo, Hawaii.

Puako Attractions

State Parks
Hapuna Beach State ParkHI5.0 mi. 
Kona Coast State ParkHI13.6 mi. 
Mauna Kea State ParkHI25.7 mi. 

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