Between Naalehu and Volcanoes National Park there exists only one sizable community, the picturesque village of Pahala. Pahala was once the home of many sugar cane workers, however, the sugar cane industry collapsed some years ago. The 2000 census reported a population of 1,378 and 487 housing units in Pahala. The village (or town depending on who you ask ) has several important conveniences including, a hospital, a bank, restaurant, post office, and high school.   

Main road leading into Pahala from Highway 11

As you can see from the picture above Pahala does have electricity and telephone service.  It also boasts county water to most residences. Even cable television is found here. Street lights are specially designed to prevent "light pollution" which could adversely affect the astronomical observatories on Mauna Kea.

Kau Hospital sits at the entrance Pahala.

In the small shopping center, Tex Pahala restaurant sits next to a bank and a Post office.