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The Big Island of Hawaii - Waimea & N. Kohala
Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii Circle Island Tour
Aloha! E Komo Mai!
Hele Mai! Hele Mai!
The Big Island of Hawaii, also named Hawaii, is the most diverse of all the Hawaiian Islands. You can travel around the Big Island of Hawaii in one day and go from white sand beaches to snow-capped volcanoes; from cacti on cattle ranches to tropical rain forest; from black beaches to green sand beaches; and then on to live erupting volcanoes. All in one day!
But wait! You don't want to do it all in one day!
Relax, take your time, enjoy! There is so much to see and do on a Big Island of Hawaii Circle Island Tour!
Big Island of Hawaii Circle Island Tour Part 1 - Waimea & North Kohala
We Have Expanded
This hub grew so large that I was forced to break the tour into 6 segments to make it easier to view. Be sure to catch each bus (page) to see a different part of the Big Island of Hawaii on each one. On the bottom of each page will be a link to the next bus (page) to take you to the next portion of the tour around the island.
On this page, we will cover the northern part of the Big Island of Hawaii. We leave from Kailua-Kona and head north to Waimea.
Please remember to click the link at the end of the lens to continue to the next part of the Big Island of Hawaii Tour - the Hamakua Coastline.
Mahalo nui loa,
June - Kona Girl
This is a Hawaiian Hale (House) - Tradition Requires You Remove Your Shoes Before You Enter
Eh! No Forget! You Gotta Remove Your Shoes Before You Go Inside
Now That You've Removed Your Shoes......
Stick Around for a While
It is well worth it to take your time and plan on staying for a while. There are so many unique and interesting things for you to enjoy while visiting the Big Island of Hawaii. You don't want to just drive around the island without stopping and miss it all!
Slow down....absorb the beauty!
Slow down and experience the diverse cultures and lifestyles of the Big Island; slow down and savor the exotic tastes and aromas that the Big Island of Hawaii has to offer.
Each part of the island that we visit has something different to experience; something different to cherish; and something different to create memories for you to take home with you!
Keali'i Reichel Sings "Kawaipunahele"
Press the play button and listen to the beautiful and heart-felt music from my home in Hawaii, while you take the Circle Island Tour of the Big Island of Hawaii with me.
Sing Along if You Like. The Lyrics are Below.
The Lyrics to "Kawaipunahele"
Mahalo Nui Loa to to Youtuber 808Productionz for providing the lyrics in both languages.
Nou e Kawaipunahele
Ku`u lei aloha mae `ole
Pili pa`a pono
E huli ho`i kaua
Ku `oe me ke ki`eki`e
I ka nani a`o Wailuku
Ku`u ipo henoheno,
Ku`u wehi o ka po
E huli ho`i kaua
Eia ho`i `o Keali`i
Kali `ana i ka mehameha
Mehameha ho`i au,
`Eha`eha ho`i au
E huli ho`i kaua
Puana `ia ke aloha
Ku`u lei aloha mae `ole
Pili hemo `ole,
Pili pa`a pono
Ke pono ho`i kaua
For you Kawaipunahele
My never-fading lei
Come, let's go back.
You stand majestically
In the splendor of Wailuku.
My cherished sweetheart,
My adornment of the night
Come, let's go back.
Here is Keali`i
Waiting in loneliness
I am lonely,
Come, let's go back,
Tell of the love,
Of my never-fading lei.
When it's right, we'll go back,
I was born in Hawaii and raised in Kailua-Kona, which is located on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii.
When I was a little girl, it was just a sleepy little fishing village and the soft, gentle breezes of the tradewinds that drifted in from the ocean kept the temperature at a balmy 86 degrees F. almost year round.
It was a different climate and a different time. The aloha spirit was everywhere and the ohana (family) and the aina (land) were the most important things in our lives.
When the fish were running and the taro and the breadfruit were plentiful; we were happy. We didn't ask for much and we didn't need much. Life was much simpler back then.
We will start the Big Island of Hawaii Circle Island Tour, by heading north to Kohala, where I will tell you a little about the diversities of this wonderful land that is my home. Kailua-Kona will be covered once we go around the island in Part 5 & Part 6 of our tour.
North Kohala Map
The map will show you the area that we are going to visit today. This is the most northern point of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Hele On to Kohala
Onward To Kohala
We will begin our tour by leaving Kona and taking the lower road known as the Queen's Highway, driving northwest to Kohala.
We will pass Honokohau Harbor and the Kona Airport. This strip along the beach use to be quite desolate.
We would camp at Pine Trees where we would fish and swim the day away. My uncles would play music, my aunties would cook and we would party!
Today there are huge golf courses and resort hotels. The hillside has exploded with the construction of million dollar homes.
Instead of continuing along the beach road we will head mauka (towards the mountains) traveling northeast through the "Beverly Hills" of Kona, Kona Palisades, until we get to the Mamalahoa Highway and head north toward the district of Kohala, and more specifically to Waimea - Kamuela.
When we return to Kona from the Circle Island Tour, we will revisit the beach road then on the last leg of the Circle Island Tour.
Mauna Kea Observatory
Taking a side trip off the Mamalahoa Hwy. to Saddle Road, we can see Mauna Kea which is the highest mountain in the world.
Yes, even taller than Mount Everest by 10,000 feet, to a total of 32,000 feet, with 13,796 feet above sea level.
Mauna Kea, which is actually a dormant volcano, is measured from its base, just as Mount Everest is, however; its base is partly below sea level. It is the only place in the world that you can drive from sea level to 14,000 feet in 1-1/2 hours.
At the summit of Mauna Kea is the Mauna Kea Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i Observatory, home of the world's largest astronomical observatory for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy.
The observatory is home to telescopes operated by astronomers from eleven different countries. There are currently thirteen working telescopes. In ancient times, our ancestors navigated by the stars that you can see from this observatory.
At the 9,300 foot level is the Ellison Onizuka Institute for Astronomy. These facilities were constructed in 1982 and were named in honor of Ellison Onizuka, the astronaut from Kealakekua, on the Kailua-Kona side of the Big Island, (where we call "up mauka).
Ellison Onizuka was one of the astronauts who died on 28 January 1986, when the U.S.S. Challenger exploded 1 min. 13 sec. after launch. The Onizuka family still operates their general store on the old Holualoa Highway (Route #180) by the coffee farms of Hualalai mountain.
During the winter, we actually have snow at the top of Maunakea.
When my children were young, during the Christmas season, we would pack up the 4-wheel drive vehicles with coolers full of food, thermoses full of coffee and cocoa, and make the trek to the summit to play in the snow.
We made snowmen, had snowball fights, went sledding on pieces of cardboard and paipo boards. After lunch, when the coolers were empty, we refilled them with snowballs.
We would then drive back down the mountain and go to Hapuna Beach where we threw snowballs (which by then had hardened into iceballs) at our cousins on the beach. Auwe! Only in Hawaii!
Snow on Mauna Kea - On a Clear Day....
Hawaiians in the Snow - What Happens When Hawaiians Encounter Snow....
"This is the average scene up at Mauna Kea when it snows....
Cold cold weather - check
Boardshorts and rubber slippers - check
Cooler with beer - check
Boogieboard, err, Hawaiian snowboard - check
Shovel to take snow home - check" ~ Charley Marley
WAIMEA - KAMUELA - KOHALA
Waikoloa to Waimea
As we travel north on Mamalahoa Highway from Waikoloa to Waimea, we are heading to the most northern part of the island, through terrain that will remind you of the deserts of Arizona or New Mexico. You will see cacti, pampas grass and tumbleweeds for as far as you can see as we begin entering the Parker ranch area.
The Gate to Parker Ranch - Mauna Kea in the Background of the Ranch
Parker Ranch was the largest working cattle ranch in the United States until recently, owning over a half-million acres. Yes, it is even larger than Gage Ranch in Texas.
Over the years, the size as dwindled down (through development) to just 170,000 acres and continues to drop as more of the land is turned into housing development.
Parker Ranch got its start in the early 1800s, but didn't become a full working ranch until around 1840. The land was a gift from King Kamehameha I in the early 1800s.
It is also one of the country's oldest ranches, with almost 180 years of history. Trivia fact. Hawaii had cowboys (paniolos) before the west of the mainland US.
Hawaiian Paniolos (Cowboys)
As we get closer to Waimea, you can see the desert-like region changing into soft, rolling green hills of pasture land. Paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys, can be seen riding the range herding their cattle.
The paniolos were herding cattle years before the first cowboys appeared in the Mainland west. We can say mahalo, thank you, to the Spanish, Latin American vaqueros that came to Hawaii from Venezuela,
It was these vaqueros that came and taught the Hawai'ian people the roping and herding techniques to manage the wildly aggressive black longhorn cattle that had been running wild on the island.
The Hawaiian name, paniolo is a derivative of the word espanoles. Interestingly, the word cowboy, in the American West, came from the word gaucho, of the South American cowboy, from Argentina.
Paniolo Herding Cattle in the Ocean
Transporting cattle was all done by ship at one time. The cattle had to be lifted by cranes onto and off of the ships. First they had to be herded through the sea water to the ships where they were hoisted on board. When disembarking, the were lowered into long boats one at a time. Often they didn't make it to shore in the small boats and had to be herded in the ocean to land.
Paniolo Lowering Cattle into Long Boats
Kilakila Na Roughrider
Now that we're in cattle country, here is a fun, up-beat Hawaiian tune you can can listen to called "Kilakila Na Roughrider" about two Hawaiian cowboys.
Hawaii's Most Famous Cowboy
This is an old photograph of our infamous paniolo (cowboy) that the Kohala Trio sing about in the music video below called "Kohala Purdy's Ride".
One hundred and seven years ago, 3 Hawaiian paniolos were sent to participate in the Frontier Days celebration and rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Ikua Purdy, Archie Ka`au`a, and Jack Low.
Waimea's Ikua Purdy shocked the American West by winning the 1908 World Steer Roping Championship in 56 seconds. Archie Ka`au`a came in second (with a lame arm and severed hand) and Jack Low (with an asthma attack) placed sixth.
The haole (white) American cowboys were very upset about this. Little did they know, the Hawaiians had been roping and riding a lot longer as original cowboy's than the haole Mainlanders. The Cheyenne Daily Leader reported, "Here was something new - the idea of a Hawaiian cowboy defeating a real cowboy at the cowboy's own particular game .... "
Ikua remains Hawai'i's most famous paniolo. "His riding and roping skills are legendary. We sing his praises and boast about his skills in cowboy songs and hulas. His prowess with the kaula ili (rawhide lariat) is recounted during talk-story sessions at brandings and gatherings......" - The Paniolo Preservation Society
Ikua Purdy Statue in Waimea
The Kohala Trio - The Sweet Sounds of the Grammy Winner Trio Kohala
Parker Ranch Rodeos
Every year on 4th of July and Labor Day, Parker Ranch holds its own rodeo. Throughout the year, they also host smaller amateur events at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena
The Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena is also home to a race track, polo fields, and bandstands. Huge dining tents are put up for the events which really make the rodeos, polo games and races great days full of fun. The rodeo arena has long been used by Big Island paniolo, family, friends, and fans for days of fun competition.
Parker Ranch also accommodates private parties on the ranch. No group is too large or too small. The ranch has seen many a wedding party over the years!
Hawaiian Cowgirls - Paniolas
Hunting Wild Game at Parker Ranch
While visiting the Waimea/Kamuela area, you can take a tour of Parker Ranch with the Parker Ranch Cattle Country Tours. You can get more information by visiting their website.
They also offer horseback riding and hunting trips. When my family has gone hunting in the Parker Ranch area, they have come home with pheasant, wild turkey, grouse, quail, wild boar and wild goat. There is still wild cattle running around the mountains too.
Wild Boar Kill on Parker Ranch
I had a stand-up freezer outside my kitchen door that was always full of game and fish. The only way you could starve on the Big Island is if you're too lazy to pick the fruit that grows wild, or to go fishing and hunting!
Hawaii Goat Hunting at Parker Ranch
Jacaranda Inn in Waimea - At Parker Ranch
Stay in a garden cottage at the Hawaii's historic Ranch Estate of the Jacaranda Inn in Waimea at Parker Ranch.
Rooms and bungalows are exquisitely remodeled ranch house and bunkhouses. It's a favorite of the star gazers visiting the Onizuka Observatories at the top of Mauna Kea.
It is a superb home base for your Hawaii vacation on the Big Island, that is not very well know to the average tourist, making it a bit more exclusive, yet very affordable.
Every one of their rooms are so beautifully romantic, that it is difficult to decide which one I like the best.
I do really love the cottage with its river stone fireplace and the beautiful view off the lanai that overlooks the Kohakohau Stream and the Kohala Mountains. It is rather large for just two people as it has 3-bedrooms.
Hibiscus Room - Jacaranda Inn
I fell in love with the whimsical shabby chic feel of the Hibiscus Room, but visit the Jacaranda Inn website to decide which one you like the best.
A "must have" for breakfast at the Inn is their famous French toast made with Portuguese sweetbread and a pot of Kona Coffee. Yummy!
(BTW - I am not affiliated with the Jacaranda Inn. I just know that it is a place you would love to stay while visiting Waimea, Hawaii.)
District of Waimea, Big Island of Hawaii
The closer we get to Waimea, the higher in elevation we will climb, and the warm temperature can change drastically, to a much cooler, misty and foggy climate.
The cooler weather supports a different eco-system than the desert-like, cattle country area we just traveled through.
Looking makai (towards the ocean) you will see a lush, deep greenery that stretches out past the sloping pasture land, to the cliffs overlooking the deep blue ocean. The contrast of the green against the deep blue ocean is magnificent.
The waves sparkle in the sun as the white crest of the waves crash on the black shiny rocks. The site takes my breath away with the beauty and expanse of it all. The change from the desert-like region that we just left behind is quite a drastic, yet remarkable change.
Driving the Old Mamalahoa Highway Through Waimea
Coming into Waimea, the scenery changes again as Waimea is home to many varieties of pine trees, eucalyptus and hardwood trees; such as koa trees, ohia, spruce and ironwood pine.
You can smell the pine and the eucalyptus mixed in with the scent of the koa wood and sandalwood trees, wild ginger and gardenias. Heavenly. The scent alone carries you into another realm.
The bright colors of the Bird of Paradise, orchids, hibiscus and hundreds of different varieties of ferns are everywhere showing through the fog that rolls in most every afternoon.
As you enter this northern town, you will notice an odd cross between an old Western town and Polynesia. You can still see hitching posts in front of some of the restaurants, saloons and the bank. The jungle gym at Kamuela Park has stirrups for handles, and several of the town stop signs read "Whoa!" instead of "Stop".
Waimea has grown extensively over the last decade or so as it now has two stop lights, instead of just one, and new shopping centers and homes have been developed. The homes being built in Waimea are $300,000 and up fee simple homes. These homes are being advertises to mainland people, not to the local island people.
Aerial View of Kamuela Town
Hawaiian Style Cafe - Kamuela - The Best Local Food on the Big Island
Real Da Kine Hawaiian Food
Want to try some real Hawaiian food? Stop at the Hawaiian Style Cafe. This is were the local people eat. Very unassuming place, low cost and plenty food. This photo shows a "plate lunch" of Kalua pig, Lomi Lomi salmon, Chicken Luau, Chicken Long Rice and Poi.
There is usually a line and you have to add your name to the wait list (no one will tell you this), but it is well worth the wait. There is only one counter and a few tables and chairs. All the food is home grown, made in Hawaii, and local style.
They serve a mean breakfast too! Try the Portuguese sweetbread French toast.
Address: 64-1290 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
Phone: 808 885 4295
Local Scenes of Waimea - KamuelaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Historic North Kohala
Now we will head on to Hawi in North Kohala through the Kohala Mountains.
The Most Northern Town on the Big Island
Hawi is a huge town of around 1,000 people, give or take a few, and is the birthplace of King Kamehameha I. At one time, this part of the island was quite a bustling center of Hawaiian culture and population because of the Kohala Sugar Plantation. Once the plantation shut down, many people moved away to either Hilo or Kona to find work.
Today Hawi and its' neighboring towns of Kapa`au and Makapala have become artist colonies. Many of the local residents now consists of the artists, those that are seeking alternative lifestyles, retirees and the Hawaiian families that have lived in the area for hundreds of years.
Global Warming Cafe
Hawi is a quaint, colorful little village with unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. You can find some really beautiful, unique pieces of artwork in this little town.
The most happening place in town for nightlife is the Bamboo Bar & Restaurant, which also serves some very good food with an Asian-tropical flair. Entertainment at night can range from fabulous Hawaiian music to local acoustic guitarists.
There is also a coffee/ice cream shop, called the Global Warming Cafe, which is pictured above; a bakery; a sushi bar, called the Sushi Rock Cafe, which is pictured below; a Mexican restaurant; a natural food store; a bookstore; a tattoo parlor; the local general - grocery store and a post office in this picturesque small town.
Sushi Rock Cafe in Hawi
Activities around Hawi include hiking and biking. A little ways down the road, at the beautiful black sand beach of Pololu Valley the ocean activities include kayaking, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and whale-watching. The town is laid back, the people are warm and friendly, and the last time I was home, the beach wasn't crowded at all. Quite a lovely, serene place.
Bamboo Restaurant & Bar - Hawi's Largest Restaurant and Nightly Party Place
This is the most happening place in Haw'i. Great food and great parties! Plenty of local entertainment in the evening.
Hawi Wind Farm
Hawi Renewable Development, located at Upolu Point in North Kohala, began producing wind power in 2006. It provides power for Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO).
Upolu Point is considered to be one of the best places in the U.S. to have a wind farm because the wind is constantly blowing there. Come to think of it, I can only remember a hand full of times being at Upolu Point when the wind wasn't blowing.
It is difficult to realize how large these wind turbines actually are. When standing close to one, the sound of the blades can be pretty scary.
Watch the video below and you will get an idea just how windy this area actually is.
The Village of Kapa`au
A Little History of Kapa`au
Kapa'au in North Kohala is another very small, quaint town. It is the site where the original Kamehameha the Great statue is erected.
In 1878, the statue was commissioned for the coronation of King David Kalakaua. The statue was cast in Paris and put on a ship for Honolulu in 1883. Unfortunately, the ship was lost at sea along with its precious cargo.
Another statue was cast and was sent to Honolulu, where it arrived safely and was placed in front of the Judiciary Building, where it remains today. The original statue was discovered in the Falklands and salvaged.
It was then shipped back to Hawaii and erected in the little town of Kapa'au, just a short distance from King Kamehameha the Great's birthplace.
Every year on June 11, on every island, Kamehameha Day is celebrated. Every King Kam statue on every island is covered with long leis and a parade is held in his honor. All of the beautiful floats in the parades can only be made of natural materials such as flowers, plants and seeds.
A royal court is elected to oversee the day's festivities. Everyone in the court dresses in the costumes of old Hawai'i. Each island is represented by an elected princess who wears the color and flower of the island she was chosen to represent.
The selected women will also ride in the parade on horseback along with their troops. The riders are called pa'u riders. A pa'u is a sarong style skirt made of many yards of fabric that is fashionably wrapped around and worn by woman horseback riders.
The pa'u rider is then adorned with leis and lei po'os (head leis) made of the flowers of the island. The women, along with their troops, will then ride on horseback in the parade. Often at the end of the parade there is hula dancing in the king's court. Each princess, or pa'u rider, will dance the hula for the island she is representing.
Once the parade has ended the celebrating begins and can carry on for days. There are luaus, arts & craft fairs, and hula dancing. Everybody eats, drinks, dances, plays games and music and just has a good time.
Pa`u Rider - Princess from Lana'i
Sushi Rock Cafe in Hawi
The Lana'i Princess pa`u rider is wearing leis of the kauna`oa, that represents the island of Lana'i, also known as the native dodder (cuscuta sandwichiana). It is a rare species that can be very difficult to find.
Kapa`au Banyan Tree House
Pololu Valley Mountain Range
Pololu Valley Hiking Trail
Hiking in Pololu Valley on the Pololu Trail
Pololu Valley is the end of the road for the northern tip of Hawai'i. It is a gorgeous valley, but the hiking can be treacherous.
The Pololu Trail in the valley is part of the Old Government Road that leads to an area called Awini where Kamehameha I was hidden from enemies in his early childhood. In 1758, the year in which Kamehameha is believed to have been born, his mother gave the infant to a chief who carried him to safety, through Pololu to remote Awini.
The trail begins where the paved Akoni Pule Highway ends at the top of the cliff. Here at the top you can look down onto the Pololu Valley and a beautiful black sand beach.
The trail which runs in a steep zigzag down the vegetated 420-foot cliff face can be very dangerous at times although hiking down the trail is a favorite pastime for adventurous visitors to the area.
Very few tourist will venture into the rough country farther south into the interior of the valley.
Zip-line Across the Pololu Valley Canopy
There are outfitters that will take you into the interior of the valley where you can cross swing bridges and zip line over the tree top canopy of the rain forest. If you are afraid of heights don't try this as the swing bridges can be very scary to people with altitude phobias. If you are more of the adventurous type, you will love this!
Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring along a light jacket or hoodie as it can be damp and rainy in the valley.
When Hiking in Hawaii
A backpack to hold your stuff.
Mosquito Repellent - The mosquitoes in the rainforest are wicked!
View of Pololu Valley Black Sand Beach
This photo was taken coming down the main trail to the beach. If you stick to this trail the hike is a short one on a steep decline.
The return trip back up the incline can be strenuous if you are not in good shape. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with a heart condition.
The swimming and surfing at the black sand beach are wonderful, and you will seldom find a crowd.
The beach is surrounded by the majestic lush green cliffs of the valley.
Pololu Valley Black Sand Beach
This is a very secluded black sand beach that has some really good skin diving and fishing spots.
While swimming or camping on the beach, beware of the Portuguese Man-o-War. These beautiful blue jellyfish often make their way to the beach with the incoming tide.
They are gorgeous to look at sporting different shades of blue that appear iridescent in the sunlight, but they pack a terribly painful sting that can temporarily paralyze.
Do not try to rub them off with sand if you do find yourself wrapped in their tentacles. Doing so will rub their poison into the skin quicker. Human urine is the quickest temporary relief. You may have to make an emergency stop at the hospital for a shot if paralysis does start to set in or the pain becomes too severe.
The Portuguese Man o' War (Physalia physalis) - We call this marine creature a jellyfish, but it really is not. They look like jellyfish and sting like jellyfish, but they are actually a siphonophore – a colony of four kinds of tiny, highly modified individuals, which are specialized polyps and medusoids.
Photos of Pololu Valley - Still as Pristine as Waipio ValleyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Mahukona Beach Park
We are now backtracking through Haw'i to go to the other side of the northern tip of North Kohala. There are several small beach parks along the way. There is Kapaa, Mahukona Beach Park and
We are bypassing Kapaa and heading to Mahukona.
A Brief History of Mahukona
In the late 1800s in North Kohala, the main shipping port for sugar cane was located at Mahukona. In 1889, a lighthouse was built to accommodate all of the shipping vessels coming into port.
The fog during the winter month's can get quite heavy, along with the rough seas, making it difficult to navigate the huge ships. Once the last sugar plantation was shut down, the thriving seaport, ceased to exist, however, the old pier from those by-gone plantation days is still there.
During the winter months, the ocean becomes inaccessible, due to the high surf, but it is still one of the best places to go to whale watch.
Regardless of the name, Mahukona Beach Park has no beach. The shoreline is very rocky, but it does have sparkling clear underwater visibility which makes it an excellent place to go snorkeling, diving, and fishing.
Divers love it here.
There is a shipwreck a little ways out that divers love to explore. The ship was an inter-island steamship, the S.S. Kauai. The ship sank on 12 December 1813 off-shore Mahukona. The ship's freight consisted of supply cargo for the sugar plantations, and passengers. The mooring pins broke during the winter's high surf and sank in the storm.
Camping is allowed at Mahukona, and it is a fantastic place to camp while fitting some diving or fishing into the schedule. I have always loved pitching a tent and spending a few days there, getting some diving in while catching some fresh fish, with a spear, for the evenings dinner.
It is a very relaxing spot and the diving is just awesome. Often you can swim with the bottlenose porpoise or watch the humpback whales birthing their young.
Not too far from the beach you can hike to the Maka O Hule Heiau. This heiau is called the Stonehenge of Hawaii. Watch the video below to learn more about it.
Birthing Humpback Whale
Another wonder of nature that can be seen from this part of the island are the humpback whales when they come into the protection of the bay to give birth. Watch this video of a mother humpback giving birth to her calf.
Dolphin Hand Carved in Hawaii - One-of-a-Kind Carved Dolphin
Maka O Hule Point: Navigational Heiau - Stonehenge of the Big Island, Hawaii
Continue On to Part 2 of Our Circle Island Tour of the Big Island of Hawaii
Our Next Destination is the Hamakua Coast with a Visit to Sacred Waipio Valley.