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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Fourth Stop of Kohala Day Trip

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.

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I am impressed that the horses on the hillside came out so well, given that the photograph was taken from a moving car!

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.

D5202807 4x6Sign for King Kamehameha’s birthplace

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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.

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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.

D5202815 4x6Dogs in the Front Yard

D5202816 4x6The “House”

D5202817 4x6A Sign at Entrance to Homeowner’s Land

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.

D5202819 4x6We rode 3-4 miles (round trip) on this dirt road!

D5202821 4x6View from our lunchtime rest stop

We made one more photo stop, which was after we had turned onto the paved road at the airport.

D5202825 4x6Cows in front of one of the windmills at Hawi Wind Farm

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

11 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Fourth Stop of Kohala Day Trip”

  1. Denise

    Getting rid of those flies, now that is what I call a 'green' solution! Great post Linda, I am enjoying the islands through your eyes.

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  2. Jen

    I don't know if that view is worth living in that house or not. Not.great tour, thanks!

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  3. Rose

    Wow, Linda, you really saw a different side of the world…that don't sound right. Just saying that it is unlike anything here. Beautiful in a stark way.

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  4. Ciss B

    The sites in your pictures are simply beautiful! The fly story is interesting! I like how you got rid of most of them!

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  5. Betsy from Tennessee

    Gorgeous again, Linda…. You all obviously had a wonderful vacation… Love the view where you had lunch–and loved the 'fly' story!!!!Hugs,Betsy

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  6. Cynthia

    Totally blown away by these landscapes, it is all just gorgeous! And very relaxing to look at! Love the fly solution!

    Reply

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