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At the junction of Kawaihae Road and Highway 19, turn east to explore the cool scenic pasturelands of Waimea. In sharp contrast to the lava landscapes along the Kohala Coast, this upcountry town is home to the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). From Waimea, head north on Kohala Mountain Road. Visit Kahuā Ranch to take a horseback riding tour or ATV drive. Then continue on to the charming town of Hāwī. On your way to Kapaʻau, home of the original Kamehameha Statue, you'll find dramatic Pololū Valley at the end of the road. If returning back to the Kohala Coast, take ʻAkoni Pule highway (coastal) and stop off at Lapakahi State Park, an old fishing village.
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Travel to the cool, green pastures of Waimea to discover paniolo (cowboy) country, as well as fine dining, shopping and culture.More
The original King Kamehameha Statue can be found in Kapaʻau, near his birthplace in North Kohala. Kamehameha the Great unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810.More
One’s love for the planet is an inseverable relationship. Please take the island of Hawaiʻi Pono Pledge and ask your friends and family to do the same.More