Walk planning in Kiholo and north Kona Coast

Trip Start Jan 14, 2013
Trip End Jan 25, 2013

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Here are a few photos from our walking planning exploits in Hawaii of a couple days ago (Computer was down for a couple days, so will be in catch up mode here for awhile). Twas a day of good starts and questionable finishes. We departed for the Kohala part of the Big Island – oldest volcano on this island and a region of farming and ranching. This region of the Big Island is also known as the birthplace and favored stomping grounds of one King Kamehameha, a massive mountain of a man who became the first to unify the Hawaiian Island under one leader in the late 1700s.

Our mission is to scout out walks and activities for future Hawaii adventures, hunting for things we may have missed on previous scouting trips, or things that have changed. Kohala is a new area for us and I was curious about what we might find. In a nutshell, Kohala is a lovely area to drive through – green rolling hills, lovely little villages – but we didn’t find much that warrants adding a day to our program.

One promising walk route took us out to a lighthouse on the northern coast of Kohala. Unfortunately, the lighthouse turned out to be a singularly uninspiring pillar of metal, about as romantic in appearance as a cell tower. Since the walk there was nothing special, this become one of the day’s “questionable finishes”.

On the way back south to Kona, I was fascinated by a stop Scott and I made at a national historic site called Pu’ukohola Heiau. A heiau is a temple, a spiritual place in the old Hawaiian religion. Kamehameha ordered this one built to honor the war god Ku in response to advice from a prophet. He was having trouble with a rival chief, a cousin, who stood in his way of bringing all of the Big Island under his authority.

The heiau did its job, helped along by a little treachery from Kamehameha. The future ruler of all of Hawaii invited his cousin Keoua to a feast marking the dedication ceremony of the heiau. By the end of the evening, Keoua ended up becoming the first sacrifice to the war god, Ku. That, apparently, was the way to end a family feud.

We finished the day with an attempt to string together trails in one of the resort areas on the north Kona coast. We ran out of daylight, and energy, but see promise here when we can devote a bit more time to this trail. Tomorrow, we head to Waipio Valley, one of my favorite Hawaiian haunts!

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Mamie Bennett on

What daily did you run out of on the big island?

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