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Hapuna Beach on the Kohala Coast is one of the largest white sand beaches on the island of Hawaii. Today that tree is a little more squat and filled out than all the others—round and fat, like an octopus. Live the life in historic North Kohala by coming home to Hanaula Village! First we pass through “town,” which includes Hawi and Kapaau, Kohala’s two centers of commerce. Continue driving east on Highway 270 and you’ll literally come to the end of the road at the stunning Pololu Valley Overlook. In front of the civic center is the King Kamehameha statue, a popular photo op for visitors. In front of you is Kohala, the oldest and only truly extinct volcano on Hawaii Island. Here, old Kohala—descendants of chiefs and missionaries and families of ditch builders, plantation workers, ranchers and paniolo (cowboys)—mingles with new Kohala—entrepreneurs, retirees and veterans, artists and hippies, vacation rental owners and independent farmers. In heavy rains, this road may become partially flooded and impassible. Waimea is home to Parker Ranch, one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, founded in the late 1800’s by Samuel Parker.

That’s right. “We asked people to sign up, and the day before we had 430. It had to do with cultural lifestyle. Pulling into a spacious parking lot, I exit my rental car and jaunt down the paved path toward Hapuna Beach, along one of South Kohala’s finest bays. Hawaii's fourth largest island is called the “Garden Island.”. Kohala's lush valleys, rich in both coastal and agricultural resources, were prized areas of settlement in pre-contact times. Even many Kohala place names are derived from critical points during Naeole’s flight: Hawi, “to breathe with a squeal,” where the hungry infant cried without his mother’s milk; Kapaau, “swimming kapa,” where the bark cloth swaddling the baby was lost in the stream; Makapala, because the warriors’ eyes—maka—became pala, or swollen, following their futile search for the infant. They put their right hands in, they passed a book on down. I’ve known Lehua only an hour, but the young Hawaiian has already earned my admiration.

“Kohala is special because it has direct access to windward and leeward resources, along with mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) resources,” Lehua points out. Channon reminds me of a mix between Christopher Lloyd and Donald Sutherland. View the current state guidelines for travel to Hawaiʻi, Local's Guide to Hawaiʻi: Author Kaui Hart Hemmings. We just show up.” In the end fourteen hundred people appeared to help. Distinct instruments and sounds define music in Hawaii. With much of the day gone at this point, I’ve worked up a hearty appetite and drive back to Hawi for probably the most important item on my itinerary: dinner at Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery (55-3415 Akoni Pule Hwy., bamboorestauranthawaii.com).

The cathedral-like valleys, with walls rising to 2,500 feet, were carved out of Kohala Mountain—the oldest of Hawaii Island’s seven volcanoes—by wind, rain and sea. One’s love for the planet is an inseverable relationship. Open daily, including federal holidays, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., nps.gov/puhe. This geographically significant area features red and black rock fields, a reminder of centuries-old lava flows.

This story first appeared in the December 2014 / January 2015 issue of Hana Hou! This attraction—managed by the National Park Service—includes 77 acres, the temples of Pu'ukohola Heiau and Mailekini Heiau, and the John Young House. If you broke ’em, you fix ’em.”. Across the street, Aloha Man’s bright yellow beach shack pumps island music and beckons with colorful displays of trendy surf apparel, jewelry, hats and art.

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