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Puakō Plantation

“Puakō is a village on the shore, very like Kawaihae, but larger. It has a small harbor in which native vessels anchor. Coconut groves give it a verdant aspect. No food grows in the place. The people make salt and catch fish. These they exchange for vegetables grown elsewhere.” “At Puakō and South Kohala is the most unique affair on the Island. There, a little pocket of alluvial soil (that was) converted into the Puakō plantation.”

“A mill with a capacity of 2000 tons is to be erected soon.” A wharf was constructed, just south of the present day boat aunch, to facilitate the shipment of materials for mill construction. However, “Puakō, as a sugar proposition, I was satisfied, was hopeless, so finally was closed down, and parts gradually sold off at what they would bring (closed by ca. 1914.)” By 1950, the beach lands had been subdivided into more than 165 Beach House Lots which at the time were generally “vacation” houses.

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