On Thursday (September 6th) we drove through the Kohala Region, which is located north of Kona. The Kohala Region is diverse in that it contains lush forests, dry lava desert, windswept grassy plains and extraordinary beaches.
Our first stop was in Kawaihae at the Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site Visitor Center
Dorothy took this picture of Bob and me with the rangers,
after we had obtained stamps for our National Park Service passport.
The Pu’Ukohola Heiau was built by King Kamehameha in 1790-1791. The king built the heiau (temple) at Kawaihae because a kahuna from the island of Kaua’i said that this was the way to conquer Hawaii.
Thousands of people worked on this temple, carrying one boulder at a time from miles away. Some workers were sacrificed during construction of the temple to make sure that the gods would be happy. When the temple was completed, the king dedicated the temple by inviting and then sacrificing one of his enemies.
The Mailekini Heiau sits just below the Pu’ukohola Heiau.
This was the site of the Pelekane, or Royal Courtyard.
There used to be three temples at this historic site.
Hale o Kapuni Heiau would have been located here, just off shore.
Our second stop was in Kamuela at the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company.
We enjoyed free samples of coffee, various flavors of macadamia nuts, brittle and popcorn at Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company. We purchased a few different flavors of brittle and popcorn.
Our third stop was in Kapaau.
It would be difficult to miss Kapaau’s main point of interest.
Our fourth stop was at the Pololu Valley Lookout. Route 270 ends at the lookout.
Pololu Valley Lookout provides a spectacular view of the coast and cliffs, lush with vegetation, rising out of the ocean.
I hope that you enjoyed coming along with us on our drive through Kohala Region. Our activities of September 6th will be continued in my next Hawaiian vacation blog post.