Walk in the Footsteps of a King, Explore Kohala, Hawaii
You can spend a full day exploring the vast Kohala district. This is where King Kamehameha was born and raised. It is “country” out there, so do not expect a large city.
Puu Kohola National Historical Site
In Kohala you can see one of the impressive structures built and created by Kamehameha and his people. This structure, called Puu Kohola, was built using a human chain passing rocks from Pololu Valley. It is one of the last structures built before Western Influence in Hawaii, built without using mortar.
If you drive to the end of the road in Kohala, you will arrive to Pololu valley with another beautiful black sand beach. The hike into Pololu is about a half mile with a 300′ elevation change. The trail has switch back trails, making it easy to hike in, as long as you do not have any walking problems. The beach is beautiful and pristine. You can stop in Kohala town to see the memorial statue of Kamehameha in his home town.
Another cool thing only available in Kohala would be to take a Kayak Tour with Flumin’ Kohala. This experience gets you into the “Kohala Ditch” which was hand drilled and blasted to provide water to Kohala town. This offers you a rare opportunity to explore this remarkable hand-wrought wonder and the pristine Hawaiian landscapes it crosses.
Waimea “Cowboy” Town
Stopping in Cowboy Town Waimea is a great place to stop for food if you don’t have a picnic lunch planned. There are many shops and restaurants in Waimea. Another huge part of Waimea is the paniolo or cowboy culture. You can stop by Parker Ranch where they do horseback riding, hunting and self guided tours. They are open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm.