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Paauhou is a small town along the Big Island’s scenic Hamakua Coast and is located just down the road from the town of Honokaa. Paauhou sits 766 feet above sea level and is considered to be one of the sunniest areas along this beautiful coastline.

A former sugar plantation town,Paauhou was home to the Paauhou Sugar Company and was also the original location of the Hamakua Post Office. Today Paauhou still retains its historic charm including old storefronts.

Paauhou’s economy is now centered largely on tourism. The town has a variety of stores and restaurants as well as vacation rentals and bed and breakfast accommodations. The Paauhou-Paauilo area is home to about 3,000 people.

Paauhou is one of the many small towns along the scenic Hamakua Heritage Corridor Drive from Hilo to Waipio Valley.