Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Lighthouse

Shortly after leaving Līhu’e, we stopped at at a scenic overlook for a panoramic view of the Pacific. We did not take full advantage of the walking trail along the coast. We did discover a burial site for the remains of three found dead at sea. We took a side trip to see the Kīlauea Lighthouse. Unfortunately, the grounds are closed on Sunday and Monday. Two nene, however, vied for our attention. Our main activity was a five mile hike on the Wai Koa Loop Trail in Kīlauea. The first stretch of this hike was through a forest of Norfolk Island Pines. Then we walked through a Mahogany Plantation of 86,000 trees on 200 acres. We passed through several orchards and farm plots with views of Namahana Mountain and the Hanalei Mountains. We did not take a side trip to a dam but we found several swimmers joining us on our final leg. The high humidity caused my shirt to be thoroughly soaked. After lunch at Bouchons, we continued to the Hā’ena State Park and swam at Ke’e Beach. The road has many one-lane bridges and one place even has two connected one-lane bridges. Our return was delayed by very, very slow moving traffic. An interesting day that allows us to say that we drove most of the road around the island.

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