10/22/2013 05:14 pm ET Updated Dec 22, 2013

Big Island House Built On A Lava Flow

Dwell Magazine

To most people from the mainland, the 50th state conjures images of honeymoons, mai tais, and Magnum, P.I.; but along the southeastern coast of the Big Island, you'll find a Hawaii that has largely managed to avoid tourism and its tired trappings. Here, you're more likely to see a family of wild pigs foraging on the roadside than a family of golfers headed to tee-off; shirts and shoes are never required for service; conversations are peppered with pidgin; and the way station serves as a hub of local trade.

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