Friday, November 18, 2016


It has been years since I visited the little town of Hawi on the Big Island's north Kohala coast. Years ago my daughter, Stacy, and I rode our bikes up here while training for triathlons on the mainland. It has a funky Hawaii vibe and a great change of pace from the luxurious resorts on the Kona coast.

We were all hungry for lunch so we stopped at the "Local Dish."

 We lined up at the counter and ordered lunch. Everything is sourced locally and looked really good.   
And then I turned and spotted the "Cocktail" board! We all had to have something! I ordered the Kohala Mai Tai made with local juices. Simply amazing!

Stacy loved her Mahi Mahi and the Girls ate French fries while checking out what their brothers were up to outside. She is wearing a sling after breaking a bone in her elbow in a fall.

Having Hawi fun!

Time for desert at Tropical Dreams ice cream across the street.

We took the boys with us and continued up the road past the cute little town of Kapaau. We were intrigued with the "Kohala Hongwanji Mission Cemetery" in Kapaau. The first Japanese immigrants arrived in 1885 and worked as contract laborers in the sugar and pineapple plantations. 

The Keokea Beach Park near Kapaau was almost deserted when we arrived.

The boys and I enjoy the view of the crashing surf.

Highway 270 ends at the Pololu Lookout. An area of rustic beauty, it is the most Northern point of the Big Island.

There is a trail leading down the valley to a Black Sand beach far below. It was really fun returning to this iconic place once again!

Chinese immigrants formed the "Kohala Tong Wo Society" in 1886. They were some of the earliest immigrants to Hawaii.

This is the historical "Tong Wo Society" building built in the late 19th century. The first floor was used for political and social gatherings. The second floor has a religious altar. I was struck by the beauty and the colors of this building the first time I saw it! 

***Take a look at this YouTube video shot here at a Chinese New Year's celebration in 2011. Very interesting, don't you think?

IMAGES: Dick Gentry

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