The Hamakua District Masthead

Lush Rain Forests and roaring waterfalls cascading down the steep valley canyons, as the rugged coastline drops precipitously to the North East Pacific, and facing the prevailing Trade Winds, a breeze cools the brow. Tiny hamlets, like a string of pearls, greet each turn and bend in the drive, stop for a local-style "plate lunch" (with TWO scoops rice!).

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The Hamakua District Masthead

Big Island Map Kohala Zone[IMAGE: drop cap d]riving north west on Hwy. #19 just outside of Hilo you will begin to travel along the Hamakua Coast. Watch for the "4-mile scenic drive" sign on the right, if you have the time you will enjoy the drive and you may wish to stop at the Botanical Gardens on the left if it's a nice day. Next, heads up for Akaka Falls, (left turn at sign) no trip is complete without seeing these beautiful falls, takes about 1 hour (bring mosquito repellent). Further along Highway 11 you will come to the turnoff, (on the left) to Kalopa Park, another great spot for picnicking or just enjoying the cool forest vegetation and wildlife.

Waipio Valley lookout is our next suggestion. If you are a hardy, really in shape person you will enjoy the hike down the trail to the valley floor. 15 min. down, 45 min. up for the return. Also Jackie Horn has a special B&B called Waipio Wayside along the way. Waipio Valley has a neat beach but a strong south to north rip most of the time. (Have fun, but be careful if you go out.) There are two stables in the valley for horse back riding, very special. Jonathan Smith takes people down, in his big Ford 4x4, into the valley and fords the rivers and up Mauna Kea for an evening in the stars on weekend day trip, real Indiana Jones Hulihe'e Palace excitement. (call Jon, 808-334-1387).Waipio Valley is your chance to turn back the clock to Old Hawai'i. 



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