Live in Hawai’i and Vacation in Hawai’i!
We took a weekend day trip over to Kona (west) side of the big Island to enjoy the white sand beach of Hapuna Beach, just 30 minutes north of Kona. The water was piercing blue and at this beach, the white sand stretches far out into the water. The waves are perfect for a bit of fun without the danger and there is no fear of riptides because of the bay formation around the beach.
The Drive Out
On the way out we took the longer drive, up through Waimea. The drive looked like a scene out of Jurassic Park with moss covered boulders, steep walls along the road and giant Rainbow Eucalyptus forests (picture below). Green things were bursting out of every crack and crevice.
For most of the drive we had the ocean in view out the right side windows. Waimea was a pretty little town with a white picket fence look and a conservative vibe. I can sense that midwesterners from the mainland would find this town to be familiar. There was a nice playground made of wood in Waimea that we plan to stop at next time we make that trip. It would have been the perfect stopping point for the kiddos.
At Hapuna beach we played in the surf and sand for a few hours, had lunch and then grabbed ice cold princess palm coconuts from a little vendor just outside the beach. They were so amazing and refreshing! Admission for parking at the beach was free for Kamaina (residents of Hawaii) and $5 for other vehicles.
The Drive Back: Saddle Road
For the ride home we took the Saddle Road, which is mostly Highway 200. There isn’t much for towns along this route and much of it looks like mid-Arizona mixed with barren black lava rock.
There was a lot of low grass areas with grazing animals:
Much of the landscape was swept with clouds, some that hung below the tops of hills and mountainsides. There are horseshoe shaped hills dotting the landscape, like the one pictured below. When the volcano was active, these were vents that cooled into a flattened donut shape. Geologists think that the center would fill up with rain and the rain water would pour out of one side, creating a little river, eroding that one side, hence the horseshoe shape today.
There were rainbows appearing everywhere. We saw three separate rainbows on our drive, all of them were very crisp and a full bow.
Next time I’ll show you how to open a Rambutan fruit and some pictures from the local fruit markets! Stick around!