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David and Sylvia ~ Hapuna Beach

The next morning was a flurry of activity as the three of us got ready.  We took water and snacks with us  .....  We decided we would drive directly to Waipi'o Valley...... Valerie loved the drive.....She really enjoyed the area where the white coral is used to write messages and names.  She saw her son, Eli's name....  I saw a great sign that said Donkey Crossing.....  Ha Ha... I guess there really are wild donkeys on Hawaii but it sounds like a joke...

We didn't stop or go back for photographs as we were trying to move along and get to Waipi'o Valley...but..... we didn't realize how amazingly beautiful the ocean and beaches were going to be as we drove.

valerie at Hapuna beach
....  They pulled us off of the road and over to the shining blue water .....  We didn't resist too much..... that would have been torture and we aren't into torture....   So .... over and over we pulled in to look at the different parks and beaches.... 

We pulled into Hapuna beach.   It was the most beautiful beach with easy access and easy parking.   We walked out to the water and took pictures..... Valerie's favorite picture was when the waves of Hawaii touched her feet.... I sent it to her in an email after we got home and she said it brought tears to her eyes in the memory...... Hapuna beach had quite a large beach area with a beautiful restroom area with showers.   There was a life guard station and a large area with grass.

DONKEY CROSSING.....
   There was a shaded area for picnics and tables available.   A beautifully developed area that still was stunning to look at.

We pulled into Pu'ukohola Heiau.   This area was at the junction of Highway 19 and 270.  The visiter center had a display of Hawaiian weapons.   Up a trail is a huge rock heilau (temple) that was built by King Kamehameha in 1790.   He built the Heilau at the instruction of a kahuna : the Heilau was dedicated to King Kamehameha's war god ..... the kahuna (priest) said when the structure was built it would insure that he would win when he conquered Hawaii.  As thousands of volunteers built the heilau, human sacrafices were made periodically at different portions of the structure to make sure the gods would be pleased.

Above the valley
   King Kamehameha invited his enemy, Keoua, to the dedication then made him the guest of honor by sacrificing him.  Wow..... Can't get much more dramatic than that history!   We didn't walk out to the structure but got pictures from the road.

We stopped at beautiful Spencer beach.   There were buildings near it where children were attending classes..... They were quite lucky to be near the beautiful ocean and beach.    Finally we drove on...  I snapped pictures of signs....  it was great..... seeing names that are in the Beachboy songs....(OK fine... I'm dating myself....LOL....)    We drove through a residential area then finally wound up in the Waipi'o valley.  

The beautiful furtile Waipi'o valley was where King K's uncle raised him in secrecy as it was feared he would be killed.

The sheer edge of the road....
  It was predicted that he would conquer all of Hawaii.  We stopped at the grassy lawn area and looked down at the beach far below....  after a long discussion we decided to go ahead and drive on down.... After all, we were in a four wheel drive jeep.  We started down very cautiously ..... the road was in terrible shape with pot holes and tree roots upheaving the road.   The road was a twisting, one lane road with a 25% grade.  Periodically a sign would instruct us to wait for cars  coming up.   Only one passed us.   The road sides dropped off sheer.  As we drove, Valerie and I kept saying Angela (our "baby" sister....)  would hate this....  She can't stand heights ..... and she would have been ill looking down....  So we took a bunch of pictures to torture her with.....   At the bottom of the road we found the beach to the right was not accessible as it was gated.
valerie and the leaf
... (very disappointing as it looked so beautiful from above)  so we continued on the paved road.  

The landscape changed from farmland (where they appeared to be growing lotus roots) to jungle.... very beautiful and really exciting to us.  We were shocked when the road was suddenly bisected by a large river with rock sides.  We watched another vehicle come across and decided we would go ahead and cross...  no problems.    The second river was quite a big larger.  When we went into that one there was a drop then the bed was solid.....  we drove on until we came to a pretty deep jungle area..... and yet another crossing.   This crossing was quite large and posted at the area was a sign notifying us that it was the end of the county road.

Standing near the jungle plants
   (we later read in a book that the residences of the valley put this up and it's not really the end....  

We parked the jeep and walked along the roadway through the jungle next to the river..... It was so beautiful.   We could hear insects and birds.  It was in the jungle that Valerie and I, dressed in shorts, donated several pints of blood to a hungry tribe of mosquitos..... to show their appreciation they sent another group to accompany us to the jeep where they picniced on us some more....  (I know...we are too, too generous....)  We decided to turn around and drive back.... at the tightest, narrowest place in the road we crossed paths with the horse and wagon group.   We had to back up until we were able to pull aside to let it pass.

Yeah... good idea...
  The driver didn't even wave a thank you.    It looked fun but all of the passengers paid $55.00 for their 1.5 hour ride and we did it for free....  Of course, other than us exclaiming there was no narration.  We stopped and got pictures with some leaves that were as big as the car doors.... wow.....  

We then began the exciting climb to the top again.   Again, the road was a bit of a challenge but we easily climbed it in 4 wheel drive.  We saw a few people who where striding down the road.    It would be a rough return hike for them because it was truely steep. 

We left the area and went to Honokaa Park where we had a picnic lunch.

Memorial boot
   We decided to go to McDonalds  in Waimea and get coffee.....they had Poi turnovers.  Lavender inside..... LOL.... Valerie's favorite color.  Poi is actually good in these although I have had it at luau's and it wasn't quite as tasty. 

In the side area of the Waimea shopping area was a huge boot.  It was a  Centennial tribute to the three three Waimea panolio (cowboys) who captured the World Championship of Steer Roping in 1907 at the Cheyenne Days Frontier Rodeo.   This was a huge accomplishment that was much celebrated in Hawaii.    The boot was wonderful..... we tried to show as much as we could of it in the pictures.

Keokea Park
    The spur strap on the boot said 1908 but the sign said 1907...... .....  either year:   it was a major accomplishment for these three panolio's.

We stopped at the King Kamehameha Statue and took a picture.   A likeless of King Kamehameha is on the sign markers .... this is the area he grew up in.     We were fascinated by the dense jungle vegetation.  Several times David stopped so we could get pictures.   We decided to drive to the end of highway 270 ~ Pololu valley .  It's really amazing the way the road just suddenly stops.   There is a trail that goes down to the beach towards the Pololu Valley.  Valerie walked down part way to take pictures.   She decided not to go all the way down as it would be sunset in an hour or so.

Tsunami sign & the guy is running INTO the waves.... duh....
...  she came back all excited after taking a bunch of pictures.   David and I waited at the top.  There was plenty to photograph there. 

As we drove back we saw a sign for Keokea Beach Park .  It was a really nice place.  It wasn't as developed as some of the parks.  The bathrooms were porta potties.   I walked over and took some pictures of surfers.  It was really neat to see them ....  the area they landed in was pretty challenging.   But the waves were quite good.  Valerie and David walked up a hill in the parking lot and looked at the area.  I saw them after I was finished and climbed up to where they stood.   A seal had just swam up to a lady holding a baby in the water.

Sunset.... end of our day
  It swam up to the two of them.... looked....then turned and swam away.   The men on the beach were alarmed by this as it's not normal behavior.   Everyone was excited and stood talking about it.  (I missed it but David and Valerie saw it).... 

As we drove back we realized we would not get back to the condo in time to see the sunset.   We decided to pull over and take pictures by the road.   The area came out to be outstanding as it has some interesting trees and a sudden drop off so no one could walk into your picture.....   The sunset was a golden, beautiful one.....   By the time the sunset finished probably 10 cars were pulled over next to us.   We took quite a few pictures then returned to the road and the drive home.

 

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David and Sylvia ~ Hapuna Beach
David and Sylvia ~ Hapuna Beach
valerie at Hapuna beach
valerie at Hapuna beach
DONKEY CROSSING.....
DONKEY CROSSING.....
Above the valley
Above the valley
The sheer edge of the road....
The sheer edge of the road....
valerie and the leaf
valerie and the leaf
Standing near the jungle plants
Standing near the jungle plants
Yeah... good idea...
Yeah... good idea...
Memorial boot
Memorial boot
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Tsunami sign & the guy is running …
Tsunami sign & the guy is running…
Sunset.... end of our day
Sunset.... end of our day
hapana beach
hapana beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
clouds... At the time I saw someth…
clouds... At the time I saw somet…
Hawaii....looking out the screen o…
Hawaii....looking out the screen …
more window shots....
more window shots....
the road flowers
the road flowers
high desert with the coral names a…
high desert with the coral names …
more names....
more names....
extensive work in this area.... lo…
extensive work in this area.... l…
high desert... coral
high desert... coral
more coral
more coral
coral ...
coral ...
and even more coral
and even more coral
clouds towards the ocean
clouds towards the ocean
clouds
clouds
clouds towards the ocean
clouds towards the ocean
clouds.... bit of a lean to this o…
clouds.... bit of a lean to this …
clouds over the ocean
clouds over the ocean
clouds
clouds
beautiful clouds
beautiful clouds
clouds...
clouds...
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
David and Sylvia ~ Hapuna Beach
David and Sylvia ~ Hapuna Beach
David and Sylvia ~ Hapuna Beach
David and Sylvia ~ Hapuna Beach
David and Sylvia ~ Hapuna Beach
David and Sylvia ~ Hapuna Beach
Valerie ~ Hapuna Beach
Valerie ~ Hapuna Beach
The first time Hawaii water touche…
The first time Hawaii water touch…
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach was pretty popular
Hapuna beach was pretty popular
David.... dressing room area behin…
David.... dressing room area behi…
The beautiful Hapuna beach
The beautiful Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
hapuna beach
hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna beach
Hapuna Beach
Hapuna Beach
beach
beach
town area
town area
town area... no where to stop ....
town area... no where to stop ....
town area
town area
Puukohola Heilau
Pu'ukohola Heilau
signage
signage
towards the water... great clouds
towards the water... great clouds
Puukohola Heilau
Pu'ukohola Heilau
Puukohola Heilau
Pu'ukohola Heilau
Puukohola Heilau
Pu'ukohola Heilau
Puukohola Heilau
Pu'ukohola Heilau
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
Spencer Beach
clouds over the water
clouds over the water
Waimea sign....
Waimea sign....
cattle crossing
cattle crossing
the beautiful drive
the beautiful drive
trees by the side
trees by the side
over the fields to the ocean
over the fields to the ocean
houses at side of road
houses at side of road
The road starting into the valley.…
The road starting into the valley…
Looking into Waipio valley
Looking into Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
heading down
heading down
the beach looks wonderful from her…
the beach looks wonderful from he…
the beach below
the beach below
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley
Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley road down....
Waipi'o valley road down....
Waipio valley almost to the bottom
Waipi'o valley almost to the bottom
Waipio valley road... look at the…
Waipi'o valley road... look at th…
sheer cliffs ....
sheer cliffs ....
stop & yield... OK we will
stop & yield... OK we will
Stop...
Stop...
stream at the bottom of the hill
stream at the bottom of the hill
huge trees
huge trees
waterfall in center distance
waterfall in center distance
waterfall...
waterfall...
Trees with huge leaves
Trees with huge leaves
a small stream over the road
a small stream over the road
Not much of a challenge...
Not much of a challenge...
trees next to the road
trees next to the road
flowers next to the road
flowers next to the road
more flowers next to the road
more flowers next to the road
flowers
flowers
The next stream over the road....
The next stream over the road....
The other side...
The other side...
going on....
going on....
jungle plants... love em
jungle plants... love 'em
jungle
jungle
jungle
jungle
Yikes....
Yikes....
the water falls....
the water falls....
across the river and the water fal…
across the river and the water fa…
we stopped and didnt cross this s…
we stopped and didn't cross this …
our little Jeep....
our little Jeep....
the road.... look at that tree!!!
the road.... look at that tree!!!
huge tree limbs...
huge tree limbs...
walking in the jungle...
walking in the jungle...
jungle ....  this is where Valerie…
jungle .... this is where Valeri…
mosquito ville....
mosquito ville....
looking over at the stream.....
looking over at the stream.....
the jungle path ...
the jungle path ...
plants by the path
plants by the path
across the stream towards someone…
across the stream towards someone…
jungle
jungle
jungle ~ Waipio valley
jungle ~ Waipi'o valley
Waipio valley stream
Waipi'o valley stream
warning signs ... end of road... l…
warning signs ... end of road... …
Still smiling after our blood dona…
Still smiling after our blood don…
farm land
farm land
lotus pools...
lotus pools...
lotus pools
lotus pools
the horse and buggy... we backed u…
the horse and buggy... we backed …
jungle plants....
jungle plants....
back across the stream....
back across the stream....
the jeep in the water....
the jeep in the water....
chickens by the road....
chickens by the road....
telephone wires.... they never loo…
telephone wires.... they never lo…
Valerie and a gigantic leaf
Valerie and a gigantic leaf
Sylvia & Valerie by the leaves....
Sylvia & Valerie by the leaves....
across the valley looking at the f…
across the valley looking at the …
going up the road...
going up the road...
going up the road....
going up the road....
steep
steep
narrow....
narrow....
winding up the hill
winding up the hill
almost to the top....
almost to the top....
crossing a bridge on the main road…
crossing a bridge on the main roa…
bird
bird
the scenery by the road....
the scenery by the road....
beautiful scenery by the road....
beautiful scenery by the road....
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
flowers in Honokaa park
flowers in Honokaa park
red flowers
red flowers
Honokaa park
Honokaa park
we ate lunch here... cute place wi…
we ate lunch here... cute place w…
A mustang for Angela... Born Again…
A mustang for Angela... Born Agai…
Born Again 2
Born Again 2
side panels say Glory to God....
side panels say Glory to God....
poi pie from mcDonalds
poi pie from mcDonalds
plaque on the Boot
plaque on the Boot
Boot memorial in Waimea
Boot memorial in Waimea
close up...
close up...
Boot memorial
Boot memorial
boot memorial to the Hawaiian cowb…
boot memorial to the Hawaiian cow…
front of boot...
front of boot...
side of boot....
side of boot....
close up of side
close up of side
1908 to 2008 centenial celebration
1908 to 2008 centenial celebration
looking at the boot as we left...
looking at the boot as we left...
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
huge beef
huge beef
King Kamehameha statue
King Kamehameha statue
the road by
the road by
The huge rock King Kamehameha lift…
The huge rock King Kamehameha lif…
Drive carefully ~ protect our chil…
Drive carefully ~ protect our chi…
vines from the jungle hanging down…
vines from the jungle hanging dow…
side of road
side of road
over the bridge
over the bridge
a driveway or road....
a driveway or road....
the road narrows..
the road narrows..
Banana trees
Banana trees
yard
yard
yard
yard
a beautiful yard
a beautiful yard
looking down from the bridge
looking down from the bridge
scenery
scenery
coming to the end of highway 270
coming to the end of highway 270
end of highway 270 ~ Pololu valley
end of highway 270 ~ Pololu valley
Pololu valley
Pololu valley
down the hills..towards ocean
down the hills..towards ocean
scenery
scenery
Polplu valley agriculture
Polplu valley agriculture
valley
valley
valley
valley
double hibiscus
double hibiscus
Begin state highway 270..go back t…
Begin state highway 270..go back …
Pololu Valley sign ...
Pololu Valley sign ...
End State Highway: just stopped de…
End State Highway: just stopped d…
looking down the valley
looking down the valley
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
The beach below ... theres a trai…
The beach below ... there's a tra…
Historic Pololu Mule Station: 1906
Historic Pololu Mule Station: 1906
Part of the mule station
Part of the mule station
driving and scenery
driving and scenery
Keokea Beach Park
Keokea Beach Park
scenery
scenery
pastures
pastures
Kohala mission cemetary
Kohala mission cemetary
Sirens for Tsunami
Sirens for Tsunami
entrance to the park
entrance to the park
surfing waves by the park
surfing waves by the park
families...
families...
sitting by the water
sitting by the water
A seal swam right up to a lady hol…
A seal swam right up to a lady ho…
waves
waves
Keokea Park waves
Keokea Park waves
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Porta potties.... not as developed…
Porta potties.... not as develope…
nice picnic area
nice picnic area
lawns with picnic tables
lawns with picnic tables
lawns
lawns
Keokea Park
Keokea Park
Yield to oncoming traffic
Yield to oncoming traffic
jungle with vines
jungle with vines
sun ... getting lower
sun ... getting lower
golden sun
golden sun
sunset
sunset
the cove below us
the cove below us
This is a nice glow.....
This is a nice glow.....
clouds
clouds
Sun glow...
Sun glow...
Waipio
photo by: anupa_rk