Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
The district of Puna includes the small towns of Mountain View, Kurtistown, Kea`au, Pahoa and Kalapana, which was lost to the lava over two decades ago. Puna is beautiful, and has earned the reputation of the Big Island's answer to the Wild West. The nickname comes not from gun wielding paniolo (Hawaiian cow boys), but from the seclusion people enjoy out here that make's it it's own little world. The towns are small with historic buildings boasting a run down look, there's no big box stores or large malls. Business are small and locally owned, and the seclusion sets it apart from the rest of the island.