Originally Posted by yabking
I was curious about how reasonably priced many of the homes in that area seem to be. As you noted earlier, they seem pretty exposed to the ocean there. Also, I imagine, being in lava zone 1 or 2 helps keep prices down.
Well, it depends on how you want your water, electricity, and sewage service. Some of the properties there are nearly unimproved, others have full county utility hookups, others have catchment tanks with off-the-grid photovoltaic and leach fields.
Around Kapoho Beach, a little elevation is a good thing. But there's lots of vertical relief and lava fields to slow down the tsunami, too.
The Puna/Pahoa area has had (and may still have) problems with high unemployment and drug use. It's not necessarily violent crime, but a few people using too much alcohol & marijuana. Most are too mellow to cause trouble, but crystal meth has caused problems too. I don't mean to make it sound as though the place is filled with crack houses, just that the region is not exactly as mainstream as Kailua Kona or Waikiki. It definitely does not attract its share of county/state maintenance & improvement funds.
Kapoho Beach is so quiet that I've been jolted awake at 2 AM by the sound of a coconut falling off a tree into a backyard tide pool...