Hawaii no ka oi
Hawaii is the best….. Not just because I was blessed to be born and raised here but endless reasons. To name just a few the extraordinary culture, melting pot of people, beautiful weather, opportunity to spend 90 percent of ones time outdoors active in sports, the ease of lifestyle and diverse landscape are just the start of my list.
Most people have this vision of Hawaii being Waikiki beach or Pipeline but there is so much more. Although I love Oahu my favorite of all islands since I was a little girl was the Big Island or island of Hawaii. As a child I loved the expansiveness, the dry beauty of the lava flows, the black sand beaches of Kalapana which sadly got wiped out after the last big hurricane, the extraordinary environment of the volcano, sunny Kona and the lushness of upcountry Waimea. The Kohalas have been my favorite mountain range as far as I can remember. It is believed to be the oldest of five volacanos that make up the island of Hawaii and estimated to be a million years old.
Upcountry Waimea is gorgeous and lush. Known as paniolo country (hawaiian cowboy) due to Parker ranch being here (one of the oldest and largest cattle ranches in the US). Kahua Ranch is also here which is a working sheep and cattle ranch that allows you to learn about the paniolo lifestyle.
The Kohala mountain road leads north from Waimea to Hawi – which is charming town. The drive from Waimea to Hawi is beautiful and leads you to Polulu Valley overlook.
The expansiveness of the Big Island is what I have love and cherish about this island. Upcountry the living is healthy, natural and organic. My kinda place Back country roads where one can hike, run or mountain bike for miles and miles – true paradise….