Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places I have had the opportunity to see. Today we drove around in the residential “Upcountry” area of Hawaii.
Hawaiians live in a different part of the island than where tourists live. Tourists live next to the beach area. But, Hawaiians live in the “upcountry” on the mountains near the areas where they grow the sugar cane. As you look up at the mountains there is an area that is green. That is where the sugar cane grow, and where the majority of the residents live.
We started out this morning going to the Iao Valley State Park where a war was fought between 4 kings to determine who was going to be the king of the Hawaiian Islands. The weather is cooler than near the beach and the land is a emerald green with waterfalls flowing through the area. Beautiful!
The sign above says “Eye of the Needle” which is the narrow, pointed mountain where one of the kings would climb and use as a look out during the war. That would be really hard to climb!
We stayed at the park for a short time and then drove to Paia for lunch. We walked around the quaint town thinking at first that it was small and just on the main road. But, we found that it was a lot bigger than we thought. As we walked around there was a lot of art and clothing stores in this town. We also looked at the different menus for the restaurants. We both agreed that we were intrigued by the Mediterranean/Indian restaurant called Cafe de Amis so we walked back to that restaurant.
We both decided on a crepe filled with chicken, avocado, tomato, cheese (for Stan) and Cesar dressing along with a green salad. We were hungry and again, we forgot to take a picture before beginning to eat. But I remembered half way through.
After eating, we drove down Hwy 37 and stopped at Kepaniwai Park – Heritage Gardens. In the park there were different areas dedicated to the different nationalities who had come to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations and then stayed. Different cultures who have created gardens for a memorial are the Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Portuguese and New England. Here are a few of the pictures. (Click on the link for more).
There was a history of Sun-Yat-Sing who became a revolutionary between China and Hawaii. There was a statue of him farther on down the road.
Stan then told me we were on the back road for the Road to Hana. He told me that we would drive on it for a while and then turn around. We drove as far as the Ulupalakua Ranch. There is a small store to purchase food and tourist trinkets. Across the way is a wine tasting area where the house was. It advertised as being halfway to Hana.
The road was soon going into an area where you could not take rental cars. So we turned around and went back to the condo. We are eating dinner at the condo tonight. We are a little afraid to see what the credit card will be. Yikes!