Reinvent yourself. The fastest growing district with some of the most affordable property in the state. Puna has the greatest diversity of the island. New land is still being created by Hawaii volcano goddess Madame Pele. Knowing how close she is to your neighborhood is important.
Keaau is were all the action is in development, with new roads, schools, and retail centers. One, two, and three acre lot subdivisions offer good value, and a reasonable commute time to Hilo. Politically, Puna’s growth is giving it greater clout in the state and county legislature so residents can expect more infrastructure and services in the future.
Pahoa is another museum quality old cane town, but with a different demographic. More middle class and agriculturally oriented folk, with less of a tourist orientation. Pahoa has great restaurants and an outstanding Saturday farmer/flea market. Properties on or near the ocean are priced far less than anywhere else in the state, and small scale agriculture thrives. The climate can vary from rainforest wet at higher elevations, to a perfect mix of sunshine and rain on the Southeast coast from Kapoho, to Kalapana. Hot springs, black sand beaches, and hikes to see flowing lava spill into the sea are some of the exotic happenings.