Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
Puako is a small seaside village on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. The rugged coastline at Puako was created by an old lava flow from Mauna Loa volcano. The dark sections jutting into the ocean in this photo are fingers of that old lava flow. The coastline here is very irregular, featuring stretches of black lava punctuated by small pocket beaches composed of coral sand. There are a few small black sand beaches there as well. Because the surface of the lava along the shore is so uneven, there are plenty of tidepools.
We lived in Puako for awhile in the 1990s, until we moved to a new house several miles up the coast. Although we no longer live there, Puako is still our favorite spot for diving, snorkeling and tidepooling.