View of Pololu Valley.
Following highway 270 north visitors will encounter
a landscape filled with historical landmarks that include
the original King Kamehameha statue, Kalahikiola Church,
and Mo'okini Heiau which is regarded as the oldest pre-Western
contact temple of worship. In the year 1758 King Kamehameha
was believed to have been born at Mo'okini. Also to
be found in the North Kohala region are the remnants
of a once thriving sugar industry of the 1880's which
is still visible in the many old storefronts of Hawi
& Kapaau towns.
When you're done visiting the towns of Hawi and Kapa'au,
Highway 270 will lead you through North Kohala's fertile
pasture lands, dense forests, and ultimately to Pololu
Valley, which offers one of the best scenic view lookouts
on the island. If the road were to continue on past
Pololu Valley you would eventually end up at Waipio
Valley at the northern end of the Hamakua coast. Separating
these two valleys are several other magnificent valleys
accessible only by foot or horse. If you plan to hike
beyond Pololu be prepared for a long trek and bring
plenty of water and supplies. The trails are narrow
steep and slippery and should not be hiked by amateur
trailsmen. While driving along the coastline of North
Kohala remember that if the skies are clear you may
be able to catch a view of the island of Maui looming
on the other side of the Alenuihaha channel, which separates
Maui from the Big Island. Between the months of December
and April visitors are almost guaranteed a humpback
whale sighting off the coast of North Kohala. This region
of the Big Island is a particularly favorite spot for
our migrating friends from the north.
Come and enjoy this peaceful region of Hawaii. You
will be amazed at the ancient and modern wonders it
has in store for you.
King Kamehameha statue
North Kohala rainbow.