Ka'u is a the largest district on the Big Island of Hawaii between Puna and Kona, consisting mostly of lava fields, grasslands and agricultural exports including Ka'u Coffee, macadamia nuts, and oranges. Volcanoes National Park lies both in the districts of Ka'u and Puna. South Point and Punalu'u Black Sand Beach are notable areas to travelers, as well as Kula Kai Caverns in Ocean View and the Punalu'u Bakeshop in Na'alehu.
Highway 11 is the only available highway to take you all the way through Ka'u from South Kona to Hilo.
The Ocean View Swap Meet is a sight to see every Saturday Morning! It's small, but friendly and Free!
Kula Kai Caverns is the "thing to do in Ocean View" halfway between Kona and Volcano Village. It's not far from Highway 11, however you must call first for availability and reservations. Prices range from $15 for the half hour Lighted Trail walk to $95 for the 2-hour Spelunking Adventure. 808-929-9725
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach. Off Highway 19 about 45 miles south of Hilo. Beautiful mix of black sand and rocks. A good beach for sunbathing and scenery, but strong rip currents make it dangerous to swim too far from shore.
South Point (Ka Lae). The southernmost point in the USA. To get there, turn makai on the access road about 6 miles east of Na'alehu and head south 10.5 miles (the last 4-5 miles of this road are in poor condition so be cautious). There is cliff-diving just west of the parking area, and a green sand beach is another 2.5 miles east (walk or 4WD only).
Interesting and cheap stuff at the Ocean View Swap Meet on Saturday Mornings.
The Punalu'u Bake Shop has lilikoi malasadas to "broke da mouth!" and good salads and sandwiches. Open from 9 to 5 everyday. Good restrooms and a great garden to walk around in.
Hana Hou Cafe. 95-1148 Na'alehu Spur Rd., Na'alehu. This fun, convivial place claims to be the southernmost restaurant in the USA. The food is hit-and-miss and overpriced, but portions are large and the lemonade and desserts are tasty.