10 hours ago
Friday, March 4, 2016
Puukohala Heiau National Historic Site
We saw whales! They were really putting on a show just off shore of this NPS site. It was K's first time seeing them and he got a kick out of the whole thing. It's been so long since I've seen whales.
Anyway, there are extra photos posted here beyond the Heiau site, but after stopping at a gas station for "breakfast" (I bought spam musubi and K couldn't believe they sold stuff like that at convenience store), we headed to Puukohala Heiau NHS. The site is reserved for native Hawaiians so we couldn't actually enter the sacred structure, but it was impressive and we enjoyed the trail around the place. We hiked part of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail down to the water enjoying all sorts of little things. We saw noni trees and another one that has nuts used to make yellow dye (moli?). We drove on to some other beaches (so many beaches) and the surf was really up! The waves were impressive and we saw sea foam green colors as well as azure blues. I could just sit at a beach forever, mesmerized by the wind and the waves and the sun.
We drove up in the high country to the north shore and past cattle ranches. We stopped at little fruit stands for fruit and...ah hem...ice cream.