We started our day with the breakfast buffet. We were happy to see the omelet cook was a friend we made two years ago on our 50th wedding trip. Her name is Charlie Matsu and she’s a delightful person, full of life and joy.
After breakfast we drove North along the coast road to Lapakahi State Historical Park. 600 years ago the early Hawaiians built a fishing village here with more people living up the slope who were farmers. They traded back and forth. It’s a beautiful setting and a good walk.
After visiting the park, we drove farther North to where the road ends at the Pololu Valley Lookout.
The Pololu Valley is the valley that our Friday helicopter pilot flew us up into all the way to the end where there were several large waterfalls. The first picture below is the entrance to the valley from the sea and the second is looking up the valley. There’s a ‘notch’ in the upper right of that photo and our helicopter pilot flew through that ‘notch’ to the furthest end of the valley.
After that we drove back to Hawi Town and had lunch at the Bamboo Restaurant which is in one of the oldest buildings on the Big Island…
While in Hawi Town, we went to the Civic Center to see the statue of King Kamehamea. If you’ve ever been to Honolulu or watched the new Hawaii 5-0, you have probably seen an identical statue. That Honolulu statue is actually a copy and this is the original statue of the King. It was created in Europe in the latter 1800s and was intended for Honolulu. However, the ship transporting it sunk close to the Falkland Islands. So, they created a second one and that is the one you see in Honolulu. Some divers found the wreck off the Falkland Islands and the original statue was recovered and brought here. So this is the original statue.
Finally, we drove back to Hapuna Beach Westin where we’re staying and enjoyed another beautiful sunset…