Botanical World Adventures
We did this
zipline, this is few hours adventure and we liked it very much.
Bridges Along Highway 19:
Highway 19 is crossing many rivers that are flowing from the mountain to the ocean below.
Along the road there are large bridges that are crossing the rive gorges.
I do recommend
stopping for a short stops along your drive, enjoy the view of the rivers and jungle below you
and take some pictures.
This is a busy
highway with a lot of cars.
As you are
driving and approaching a bridge, slow down and look for a safe out of the road
place to park on the side of the road, before or after the bridges.
Few bridges we stop at:
Kolekole Gulch Park and Beach: this bridge
and the road leading down to the beach below was close because of bridge maintains
work, it looks like as an amazing beach to visit.
Umauna Waterfalls view from the
Big Island - Eucalyptus Tree Farms
Driving along highway
19 Hāmākua Coast at the northern section approaching Honokaa and you can see a
lot of tall, impressive Eucalyptus Tree Farms.
Back in the
1990s, after the downfall of the sugar industry, large landowners on the Big
Island were looking to do something with tens of thousands of acres of land on this
part of the island. They decided to plant thousands of acres of fast-growing
was to sale them to a paper industry. Once this deal collapsed, it left over
30,000 acres of already-planted eucalyptus without a buyer. Since then, the
trees have mostly gone unharvested.
Now the Public
Utilities Commission has approved a plan by to burn those orphaned trees to
Until they will
do something with the trees it interesting to see these tall trees standing. We
stop at one of the side roads locked gate and took some pictures.
This small town
will be our north end of this blog, this small town is not a tourist
destination by itself, few gas stations and a main-street with few restaurants
this town well known point on the road is that this is an entry point to the famous,
and one of the Big Island top tourist attraction destinations, the Waipiʻo Valley, 9 miles north
of town on highway 240.
We did stop here at Tex Drive-In for late lunch. Overall, the burgers were OK but this place is famous for it’s malasadas, deep-fried sweet dough balls done in the store bakery.
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