Quaint, old-style beach community

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Welcome to Puako

Quaint, Old-style Beach Community

A step back in time… Puako is a beach community located on Big Island in Hawaii. Located on the western, sunny side of the island, Puako is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Waikoloa Village. Being on the ocean, residents of Puako have great access to the beautiful blue water and beaches in the area. The meandering beach road offers residents the ultimate in beach community living. Those that like to hear the surf and seas will find a paradise in Puako. There are many pocket beaches up and down the lane with crystal clear waters perfect for diving and snorkeling.
A neighborhood full of both simple homes and gorgeous estates, Puako is a beachfront community with a beautiful shoreline, ocean access, and oceanfront views. The homes in this area have a wide range in price, anywhere from one to ten million dollars, depending on location and size. Often you will find large and modern oceanfront homes next to simple old beach houses.

What to Love

  • Close to Hapuna State Beach Park
  • Lots of access to beaches and ocean activities
  • Charming and quaint beachfront community vibe

People & Lifestyle

A beachfront community, it’s no surprise that the overall vibe of the area is relaxed and luxurious. With scuba diving and other ocean activities just a short walk down to the beach, Puako is the perfect place to live for those that are drawn to the ocean. Excellent for shoreline snorkeling or finding a private spot to dip your feet into the ocean.
Puako is home to many people of the older generation. With proximity to great restaurants, shops, and leisure activities, it isn’t surprising that they would take advantage of this convenience. With excellent schools in the area and the comfort of a smaller neighborhood, Puako is the perfect place for families.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Puako has great commercial and dining opportunities. Whether you want to spend a day out shopping or eating at a new restaurant, these options are some of the best in the area.
If you’re looking for great places to shop in Puako, one option is The Puako General Store. A convenient place to stop on your way to the beach, The Puako General Store has everything you’ll need to get your day started, from coffee to food and convenience items. Another nearby shopping area to visit is the Shops at Mauna Lani, an upscale shopping center with a variety of shops, services and restaurants.
When it comes time to find a nice restaurant, try Brown's Beach House Restaurant at the nearby Fairmont Orchid resort. Serving a menu full of fresh seafood, Brown's Beach House Restaurant is a luxurious dining experience. Another great treat to try in the area are the fresh made malasadas with a variety of toppings and fillings served up by the Hot Malasadas food truck.

Things to Do

Puako also has many opportunities to explore the area and have fun. The following activities and places are some of the best to try.
If you want to support a local farm and also get some great local produce, visit Kekela Farm’s market, which is open on Tuesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Another great thing to do in the area is the Kona Marathon Events Health and Fitness Fair.
There are also great beaches to enjoy in Puako, such as Waialea Bay, a gorgeous cove with white sand beaches and perfect for snorkeling or surfing. Also available in the area is the community’s own Puako Beach, which is perfect for scuba diving, boating, swimming, and other beachfront activities.


Puako is near several communities with excellent schools. Educational opportunities include:
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy
  • Waikōloa Elementary & Middle School
  • Parker School

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Overview for Puako, HI

1,263 people live in Puako, where the median age is 59.3 and the average individual income is $71,952. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

59.3 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Puako, HI

Puako has 572 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Puako do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,263 people call Puako home. The population density is 46.03 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

47.9 / 52.1%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group


0-9 Years


10-17 Years


18-24 Years


25-64 Years


65-74 Years


75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree

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Average individual Income

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

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