Nine miles from Kea‘au, via Highway 130, is Pahoa Village. Everything is easy to find here along one main street. Visitors who arrive hungry will experience the town’s best-kept secret, a variety of international cuisines. For those who may want to take a swim, an excellent public outdoor pool is located past the fire station and through the community center lot—and it is free to all. RR & R

Lava Tree State Park, an enchanting setting for a rainforest walk or a scenic picnic, is just minutes away. Proceed along the main road to the end of town and continue through the traffic signal (Highway 132). The park is just a short distance farther. RR

Journey a bit farther down the road to the Kapoho/Pohoiki fork. A left turn leads to Kapoho and on down to the Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse. Park the car and take a short walk that rewards visitors with an incredible vista of the sea. Cape Kumukahi is significant to the Hawaiian culture. The sun makes its first strike here every morning as it rises over the island chain. Backtrack a bit to the highway and turn left onto Highway 137, toward Kalapana and what is locally referred to as "Red Road." After about three miles is Ahalanui Park, the site of a fresh water thermal pond at the ocean’s edge. The brackish waters are gentle, framed by a palm grove and the outlying surf. RR

Press further down the scenic road (Highway 137), turn right and immediately left at Isaac Hale Beach Park, then continue on past MacKenzie State Recreational Area for several miles to where the lava punctuates the end of this road. A short walk leads to one of the earth’s newest black sand beaches. RR

Heading back on this loop, take Highway 130 to make the circle route back to Pahoa, where gas and refreshments can be had. Along the way, visit the historic Kalapana Painted Church, moved from its original location away from encroaching lava flows and out of harm’s way.