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.
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.
We pulled into the parking lot of a shopping center.
As we pulled out of the parking lot, I took this picture of a Hawaiian cowboy statue.
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.
This concludes our day trip of the Kohala region. Stay tuned, though; lots more details and photographs about our Hawaiian vacation still to come!