This post continues details of our driving tour of Kohala, which we enjoyed on our fourth day on the island of Hawaii (Thursday, May 20th). Our first stop was at Manini’owali Beach. Our second stop was in Kawaihae at the Pu’Ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Our third stop was at Lapakahi State Historical Park. Our fourth stop was at King Kamehameha’s birthplace.
Leaving Lapakahi State Historical Park, we continued on Route 270. The two photographs that follow were taken while traveling at the posted speed limit on Route 270.
A few miles up the road we turned onto a paved road, leading to Upolu Airport. We passed by the Hawi Wind Farm and turned left at the airport onto an unpaved road. We rode this very rough dirt road, which ran along a cliff overlooking the ocean, for 1 1/2-2 miles to King Kamehameha’s birthplace — our next stop. It was dry, hot and very windy.
King Kamehameha’s birthplace was a large plot of land enclosed by huge boulders. King Kamehameha, also known as Kamehameha the Great, is said to have been born at this location in 1758 as Halley’s Comet passed overhead. King Kamehameha is known for uniting the Hawaiian Islands.
With my back to King Kamehameha’s birthplace, I could see the Island of Maui off in the distance. You can see the form of mountain peaks across the ocean, if you look closely. There is partial cloud cover across the middle section and across the top of the peaks. I wish I had thought to walk to the back of King Kamehameha’s birthplace to capture a photograph of the site with the ocean in the background.
We retraced our path to Route 270. John drove slowly as we passed a “house” that we saw while on our way to King Kamehameha’s birthplace. I snapped a few pictures.
A little farther down the dirt road we stopped for lunch. We ate in the car, with a breathtaking view of the ocean from the cliff on which we were parked.
We made one more photo stop, which was after we had turned onto the paved road at the airport.
While we were eating lunch, a bunch of flies had joined us in the car. After the last photo stop, we opened all the windows (including the tailgate window). We buckled our seat belts, and John floored the gas pedal. We rode several feet really FAST! Most of the flies were blown out of the car!
Next stop: Pololu Valley Lookout