Valerie and I donate blood..... to a starving tribe of mosquitos
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.