From Kona, I headed north.
The scenery was so differs. It was kinda odd, this was the driest part of the Island – less than 10 inches of rain a year. It was like a desert and this was part of the island where are the resorts are location. And yet, I had just come from a part of the island that is the rainiest place in the US at an average of 240 inches of rain a year.
My first stop was visit the ancient Hawaiian running at the Lapakhi State Park. As I’m walking around in my hat, sun block, and my hiking books, I was wondering how the hell people could walk around their barefoot.
Before I stopped for lunch, I visited the Pu’ukohla Heiau – which was a temple built to honor the war god before the Hawaiian King united all the islands.
For lunch, I stopped at a Kohala Burger & Taco in Kawaihae and even though it was Taco Tuesday, I chose to go with the burger. Except for the Double Double, I’ve never had a better burger – and it was close!
As I was making my way up 270 towards Hawi, there was like this clear line of demarcation when the desert ended and the green lush landscape started again. It was like I crested a hill and everything was we and green again.
I tried to find the Mo’okini Heiau – a temple built for human sacrifices but the roads were bad and the grass was so tall I couldn’t see anything! Oh and windy – hence the wind farm. But I did make the Jeep really dirty by driving some big ass muddy puddles.
My last visit was my hike down into Pololu Valley. It was gorgeous and the first part is a climb down and I wasn’t trying to think about the hike back. The valley floor has a small stream running through the center that is met at a beautiful beach. I hiked from one end to the valley to the other and even up with the other side a little bit until I slipped in the mud and nearly broke the camera.
The hike back up was a bear! My phone had no service, so I have no idea how accurate my activity app was.
I headed to my AirBnb in Waimea along 250, which runs along the spine of an ancient volcano. It was so beautiful and I HAD to stop to take a rainbow photo.
In Waimea, I cleaned up and headed to a pizza place. I have a pizza with pepperoni and kahlau pig!
Then to bed early because the next day was my last day and I had one last great hike planned and I had to pack.