Puna is the storied part of the big island just east and to the south of the volcano.
Many Hawaiians inhabited this part of the island in the olden days because it was
warmer here. There are in fact several thermal pools thanks to Madame Pele. Since it
is still on the windward side of the island it is not as warm as Kona mind you but
then as everyone from Puna knows - it's too hot over there!
Here then are the
remarkable if not quite lost lands of south Puna. It is still however probably the
part of the big island that gives you the feeling of those days long past when on Sunday
neighbors would travel down the Red Road from Kalapana to Kapoho and visit all their
relatives all along the way. (pictures taken Mar 23, 1999)