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The Kau area of Hawaii is formed almost entirely along the slopes of the great mountain Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. It's certainly a place you'll want to visit when you're on the island. Here's a listing of some of the sights and beaches you need to see when you're in Kau.

• South Point. This is a great area to visit and enjoy the history. Historians believe that Polysians first landed here on the island, as early as 150 A.D. You'll be amazed at how free and open this area is. You'll see cattle and horses roaming free here.

• Green Sand Beach. This beach along Kaulana Bay, offers an interesting beach. The beach is surrounded by a substance called olivine, a green lava stone that has formed here over the years. You can't walk to this beach, you need to drive here.You'll see the beach because it's green. It's definitely a sight to see.

• Wood Valley Temple. This is a Tibetan Buddhist temple right in Kau. It's a good sight to see, as it is made out of gorgeous sparkling materials. The Dalai Lama came to dedicate the temple in 1980. It's a favorite location for many lama to visit.

• Pahala. This is one of the best examples of a sugar town in Hawaii. It's right outside Kau, and it will give you a unique perspective on how much Hawaii relies on the sugar cane crop. You can see how farmers grow cane and how its manufacturer. This town is off Route 11.

• Panaluu Beach Park. Not far outside of Kau is the Punaluu Beach Park. This is perhaps the only good place to go swimming off the south coast of the island. It has plenty of good camping and eating facilities, and offers some good places to relax and enjoy the Hawaiian sun on your trip to the region.

• Whittington Beach Park. This is a good place to camp. Whittington was once an important port for sugar cane transport.