Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hawaii - Day ten

Thursday, November 6

This morning we had coffee, and fresh papaya and lime juice, purchased at the farmers’ market yesterday. We drove along the waterfront of Hilo, and headed out of town along the north east shore of the island, stopping frequently at spots where you could look out over the ocean.

Taking the narrow winding road off the main highway down to the beach at Laupahoehoe, I remembered reading long ago about the tragedy that struck there in 1946, when a tidal wave swept over the low lying land behind the beach, carrying away 19 students and two teachers to their deaths.

We stopped for lunch in the town of Honoka’a, and then drove up and over hills to Waimea, stopping briefly for a look at Hawaii Preparatory Academy where we had attended field trip classes in the summer of 1991. Turning to the north again, we drove over the Kohala Mountains and then down to Hawi, the northernmost town on the island of Hawaii.

Completing the loop back to Waimea, we took the Saddle Road across the vast grassy uplands of the Parker Ranch between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa back toward Hilo.

We wrapped up the day with dinner at the Ice Pond Restaurant, so called for the icy-cold, crystal clear spring water that fills this lake just inland from the Hilo beach.

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