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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Last 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. Our fifth stop was at the Pololu Valley Lookout. Our sixth stop was in Kapaau. Our seventh (and last) stop was in Waimea.

From Kapaau we turned onto Route 250 (Kohala Mountain Road) and followed it to Waimea. Where we entered the roadway our elevation was approximately 6,000 feet. By the time we reached Waimea we had descended to an elevation of approximately 2,500 feet.

D5202899 4x6Waimea, as seen from Kohala Mountain Road

Waimea is the largest town in the interior of the island of Hawaii. It is the center for ranching and paniolo (cowboy) culture. The Parker Ranch, located in Waimea, is one of the oldest ranches in the United States, as well as among the largest in the nation.

In Waimea we had beer (soft drink for me) and pupus (appetizers) at Taco Tako Tacaria. The food was okay; however, the service was great. The waitress noticed that both Bob and John wore microbrewery apparel and gave us $4.00 off our order. We were not aware of this promotion. The appetizer we ordered was supposed to come with chicken. The cook forgot to add the chicken. The waitress brought over the chicken in a separate bowl and gave us another $2.00 off our meal for our inconvenience.

After eating we stopped at church row and took pictures of green and yellow churches.

D5202913 4x6Ke Ola Mau Loa Church

D5202914 4x6Imiola Congregational Church

We pulled into the parking lot of a shopping center.

D5202918 4x6Can you tell from this sign that we are in cowboy country?

As we pulled out of the parking lot, I took this picture of a Hawaiian cowboy statue.

D5202919 4x6Statue of paniolo Ikua Purdy roping a bull

We traveled up the road a short distance and turned around. I took a picture of this Hawaiian boot statue the first time we passed by; however, it was blurry. John was nice enough to ride by the boot one more time.

D5202921 4x6Hawaiian Paniolo Boot

This concludes our day trip of the Kohala region. Stay tuned, though; lots more details and photographs about our Hawaiian vacation still to come!

13 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Last Stop of Kohala Day Trip”

  1. Ann

    If the WHOA sign is not enough, they have to give you the boots to make sure you don't forget it is cowboy country?LOLI didn't know there are cowboys in Hawaii.

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  2. Betsy from Tennessee

    Hi Linda, I never think of Hawaii as being 'cowboy country'… How interesting!!!!!Love those two little churches. The first one is so colorful with all of the pretty flowers around it…Thanks for the tour… Hugs,Betsy

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  3. Elena

    That is very interesting about the ranching there. The pictures of the churches are very pretty!

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  4. Ciss B

    I have to say that when you said you were going to Hawaii I was a bit hesitant. There are so many tourist traps there. But you did what I would have done…looked for the beauty of the island and the history that can be so fascinating! I love your trip!

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  5. Rose

    I am trying to catch up on your blog…wasn't going to comment too much, but I seen that cowboy boot and just have to say it must be some kind of man that fills that boot.Also, love those two churches.

    Reply
  6. Cynthia

    Love that green church! Enjoyed it all as usual! Was really looking forward to coming and reading today!

    Reply

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