The quiet and scenic town of Naalehu boasts being the southernmost town in the United States. It is truly a jewel. Naalehu lies in a region that provides some natural protection from Mauna Loa volcano lava flows. This combines with generally good rainfall to foster a richly green region that has had more time for soil development than many other regions in Kau. Naalehu has a full complement of available utilities ( except for sewers), electricity, phone, cable, and county water in many locations. Of course, you should always check before buying a property with the individual utility providers to be sure the option exists for your particular property of interest. There is an elementary school in town.
Naalehu main street (25 MPH strictly enforced!)
Naalehu has several places to eat, an old theater that runs free movies on Friday night, a hardware store, bakery, gas station, post office, elementary school, and health clinic. A police station is nearby.
The Punaluu Bakery makes wonderful sweetbreads and malasadas. They also serve hot and cold lunch selections. The grounds are lovely and the restrooms are clean. Make it a point to drop by the bakery. We almost never pass it without stopping in.
Naalehu Fruit Stand served up some great pizza. Unfortnately, they are no longer in business. Notice the deco facade, still found in a few places around the island.
Pastoral hills above Naalehu.