April 7

After breakfast Kathy went over for a gentle cycle and a swim for a few minutes.  Sure sign that her knee is feeling a little better. 

Around 9:30 we drove to the north end of the island, about 25 miles.  We stopped at Kapa'au to look at a couple of galleries.  This town of about 1500 is known as the birthplace of  King Kamehameha I.  He's the guy that united the Hawaiian Islands. 

There are quite a few nice galleries and shops in this area, unfortunately some of them were closed it being Monday.
Next to Kapaau is the town of Hawi, which kind of reminds me of an older Ganges.  It is an old town, built during the time when sugar cane was farmed.  This would be a place where an alternate lifestyle tourist might choose to stay, maybe permanently. 
There is a bead store here that Kathy wanted to look at.  It was next to a place that had some incredible local carvings.  Not wanting to be too tacky I chose not to try any photos.  I may have come away some ideas, one of which involves a 1 m. thick stump with the roots sticking up, should you come across one. 
It was raining really hard when I took this picture in Hawi.  We were thinking of maybe having lunch here in town but it was a bit early so we drove back to Waikoloa.  Kathy was thinking of picking up some tuna for supper.
About 30 min. later we were back in the sunshine.  We can count on it being nice here.

We thought we might try this place, Merriman's, where we've been every time, always good.  But . . .

We thought we'd try a newer place that we hadn't been to before.  The owner's claim to fame is that he won the Iron Chef competition a couple of years ago.  His restaurant is called "The Three Fat Pigs."  Food was great; Kathy got her dose of fish for the day, so it is going to be leftovers for supper.
Kathy thought she'd give her knee a rest while I went for a walk, along the Kings Trail, past the fish ponds, by the beach where we snorkel, and along the Fisherman's Trail, which I mentioned previously. 

The bay where we snorkel is to the right of this picture.  That is the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. 

There are some interesting little ponds along the way, above sea level, so not salty. It hardly ever rains here so they must be fed by underground springs, like the fishponds.  Each one has little fish in it.
This was one of the very few patches of sand I came across and look what someone had put in the sand!
Along the trail, I had a view of the Black Sand Beach that I described earlier.  No one on it around 4 in the afternoon.
This is the water side of one of the houses on Honoko'ope Place.  The signature hole on this golf course is in the background.  Most of the waterfront sides look something like this, with a spa and an infinity pool, almost no landscaping.  The Fisherman's trail goes right in front of them.
   
   
Looking back, this is another view of the houses.  You can't see the trail but it is in between the houses and the cliff.  Needless to say, not many people ever seem to use the trail near as I can tell.  It is a very precipitous drop in many places and the lava does seem fairly loosely packed so one must be careful.  Good thing big earthquakes are not too common here.

From the Black Sand Beach it is a nice walk along Honoko'ope Pl., and down beside two fairways to the condo, all together, a 90 minute walk, which feels like a workout 'cause most of it is on rough lava trails.  A cold beer hit the spot.  I got back at the same time as Kathy who had gone for another swim in the pool.

 

   
Another beautiful, clear evening to watch the sunset on Mauna Kea.  That's the sun reflecting off one of the observatories.
   

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