Na`alehu is a product of the Sugar Cane era. Like most plantation towns, it was built around the Sugar Cane mill and several waves of immigrants from Japan, the Philippines, and elsewhere. This history dates from the late 1800's and is layered on top of the ancient history of the Hawaiians who are thought to have first landed in Ka`u upon their discovery of the Hawaiian islands. Currently, Na`alehu remains mostly undiscovered as a peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas of Kona, and a country cousin of the local life in Hilo. Lodging includes bed and breakfasts with several price and quality points, budget accomodations, and vacation rentals. The surrounding area is great for hiking, shore fishing, several roads less traveled, and for hiking. Some of the best kept secrets in Ka'u are accessible by foot and if you are fortunate enough to find them, you'll be glad you did.