Day 4 – 12/29 –
Day 4 was sort of a lay day. We start the morning with a good breakfast at Mai Grille, Home of Bacon. The place was about a mile for the condo at one of the golf courses. You can’t beat a good breakfast of coffee, followed by some sort of eggs accompanied with cured meat. Mai Grille fit the bill.
Breakfasted and caffeinated, we set off for the day’s adventure. Axel and Megan had found a short hike for us to a tropical beach, and magical pool. The place was Lone Palm Beach, just a few miles south of us on the coast.
Park your car near the pin labeled Waste Management (don’t ask me why that’s the label). And follow the grey line towards the beach. The beach trail bends off to the right before you reach the ominous barb wire fences and signs, and skirts just to the north of the fenced in area. The beach is steep, and there is indeed a lone palm growing out of it north of where the trail ends at the beach. We did not go south from there, but there were tide pools and interesting things to see in the distance.
We hiked north, past the palm, and intended to go around the rocky point at the north end. The scramble across the lava looked intimidating, so we checked the map, and saw that there was a trail that went north, if we backtracked a little ways on the trail we came in on. Note that the trail is rough and entirely on the lava. Good shoes and plenty of water are recommended.
This trail ended at the trees seen at the north end of the photo, where there was an oasis sheltering a golden pond (strictly no swimming allowed – only looking). We found several young men hanging out there, relaxing in the sun. I took their picture (sorry I did not get names), and several others of the pond.
Continuing to the beach, we sat and watched the waves, looked at chunks of coral washed up on the beach, and took a group photo.
The hike back across the lava, seemed long, and we were glad to reach the starting point. You really do get tired of walking on the rocks. We had neglected to follow our own advice and bring enough water.
After lunch at the condo, Gretchen and I piled into the Silver Whale, and pointed the wheels north. Our first stop was a little residential strip along the shore that looked like Hawaii to me. It is loosely identified as Puako (although Google maps and Apple maps quibble about that). Expensive properties water side, less expensive across the road. Lots of shoreline access, however, not much actual beach. Mostly tide pools and rocks. There was a boat launch ramp at the north end of the town.
We had fun driving through the area south (we turned around before we got to the petroglyphs). Heading north again, we started to get to the rainy side. We had a turnaround time of around 4:20 to make it back to dinner. But we could see the rain clouds around the north end of the island.
Our turnaround was at Lapakahi State Historical Park, Kamuela. Unfortunately, they were not letting in any more visitors for the day, so we didn’t get to go in. But I did get this nice shot from the road near the entrance.
For the final act of the day, we re-grouped at the condo, and walked to the clubhouse for sunset drinks and dinner. We arrived just before the conch shell ritual (sounding the shell to the four winds), followed by the bagpipes. This was washed down with drinks of many colors, followed by a good dinner. Back at the condo, we lazed around and watched the movie Moana.
A lot to document this day. Tomorrow is a big snorkeling day, followed by a walk through the petroglyphs.