Monday, March 5, 2012

Aloha to Kohala Forest Reserve - Pololu Valley Lookout

I continue to whet your appetite for the Big Island of Hawaii - home of King Kamehameha the Great.  Above is the first statue commissioned by the House of Legislature in 1878.  The statue was cast in Paris but lost in a ship wreck near the Falklands Islands.  The legislature commissioned a second statue which now stands in front of the Judiciary Building in Honolulu (as featured on the original and new Hawaii Five O).   The wrecked ship's captain later spotted the first statue in Port Stanley.  He bought it from the salvager and shipped it to Hawaii.   It was erected in Kohala - the district associated with King Kamehameha's birthplace. 

In October 2011, we visited the Big Island for 
Fall Break.   We ventured as far north as the 
Pololu Valley for its awesome views.

The road ends here.

The view from the road ....

... the view from the trail ... 

... the black sand beach emerges from the trees.

The Pololu Valley is so much more than
I could capture on my cheap camera.

Have you visited a black sand beach?  Hiked a forest reserve? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win a book choice from my convention stash.   This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 17, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 18.


Kim in Hawaii

March Madness continues here at SOS Aloha! All commenters in March will be entered into a special drawing for prizes from RT in Chicago. 3 US, 3 Canadian, and 3 international readers will win a package with books and goodies.

Comments can be made at:
- SOS Aloha,
- Aloha On My Mind,
- My guest posts at the Reading Reviewer (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) at

I'll post the winners of March Madness on Monday, April 2. 

We noticed this "tree house" along the coastal road.


  1. I've been to Black sand Beach in California and I loved it. The sand is so much different that the sand on The Redondo was so much softer I guess I could say. It really was cool.

  2. im was the volcano erupting when you were there? We drove around the Big Island to the point where the lava had covered the road. You could see it coming in the distance as the archeologists worked frantically to uncover all they could of a recently discovered heiau before the lava covered it all again. The next week on the evening news they showed the ranger station where we had stopped being burned down by the lava flow. It was sort of eerie going we were just there last week.

  3. That first word should be KIM I don't know what happened to the K lol. Hugs and thanks for sharing the islands with us.

  4. I adore the pics Kim , as for hiking not really for me,and a black sand beach now there is something I have honestly never heard of before but wow does it sound fascinating I am off to research ! Thanks for the giveaway Kim !


  5. wow.. what a beautiful pics ;)

    i havent been black sand beacha and Hiked a forest reserve ;(

  6. My parents hiked to the green sand beach last year. They said that pictures cannot capture what it's like to be there in person.
    I did the hike to Manoa falls in Oct. I lived it and the kids did great. I did a trail once behind the golf course on the Kaneohe/Kailua boarder. There was a nice water fall and a spectacular view of the bay.

  7. I'm afraid I haven't so I very much enjoy doing it vicariously - great pictures as always.


  8. Great pics!
    I've never visited a black sand beach. I've hiked in the bush, but not a reserve.

  9. What beautiful photos, Kim. I’ve never been to a black sand beach. (One of our TBD items for our future Hawaiian vacation.)

  10. I have visited a black sand beach on the Big Island.

  11. I have never been on a black sand beach so it was pretty interesting to see your pictures.

  12. I haven't done either of those things. As always, I enjoyed looking at the photos.

  13. Your pictures are so beautiful! I have never been to a black sand beach or hiked a forest reserve. My life is sadly lacking!

  14. I have been to a black sand beach. Loved it

  15. I've never been to a black sand beach or hiked a forest reserve. Sounds like fun.

  16. No I have not would like to

  17. We visited a black sand beach when we were on the Big Island. We really liked it.

  18. Never been to a black sand beach, but I really would love to visit the isles