This post continues details of our two-day circular driving tour of the island of Hawaii, which we began on our ninth day in Hawaii (May 25th). Our first stop was in the South Island region at South Point. Our next three stops were in the towns of Waiohinu and Naalehu, both of which are located in Hawaii’s South Island region.
After leaving South Point, we returned to Highway 11 and continued our drive east. The first towns we came to were Waiohinu and Naalehu.
Our second stop of the day was in Waoihinu. We stopped in Waiohinu to see a Monkey Pod Tree that Mark Twain supposedly planted in 1866. There was a sign by the tree that said it was the Mark Twain Monkey Pod Tree. The tree blew down in 1957; however, its shoots have grown into a decent-sized new tree.
Mark Twain’s Monkey Pod Tree
Our third stop was in Naalehu, which is the southernmost town in the 50 states. We enjoyed a mid-morning snack at the Hana Hou Restaurant, which is the southernmost restaurant in the 50 states. As we entered the Hana Hou Restaurant, we were hit with sensory overload.
Our fourth stop of the day was also in Naalehu. We stopped at overlook of the Naalehu coastline.
Next stop – Punalu’u Beach Park