Waipi’o and Pololu Valleys

May 23, 2016 – Another morning, another coffee and bagel breakfast.  Tony stuck with his classic egg and bacon sandwich with avocado, while Louisa tried sea salt and coconut butter, as well as local lettuce, tomato, and onion, on a parmesan bagel.  It was fantastic, as were the espresso drinks.

You get a great view of the valley from the overlook.
You get a great view of the valley from the overlook.

After breakfast we headed to the Waipi’o Valley lookout.  It was another gorgeous day, though a tad humid.  We got to the overlook around 9am and found a parking spot on the side of the road.  The trek is 3 miles down to the beach, though we didn’t go that far.  Four wheel drive vehicles (mostly jeeps) drive down the road as well, so walkers should watch out for them.

The falls are visible after a short walk through the valley.
The falls are visible after a short walk through the valley.

Once we got to the bottom of the hill we weren’t sure which way to go. Tony had a hunch left would be good; right took us towards the water. Left wound up taking us farther into the valley, with a view of the gorgeous Hi’ilawe Falls and past beautiful flowers. There were also a few old hippies sitting in plastic folding chairs next to rusted out cars, drinking can after can of beer.

It's ok, we didn't need to go any further.
It’s ok, we didn’t need to go any further.

The hike back out of the valley was slow and hot.  We passed an Australian couple hiking down; he said to his partner “See, she [Louisa] doesn’t regret hiking down this.” “Nope, it’s worth it [just ignore how hot and humid it is].”  Let’s just say that the seat coolers in the car were very much appreciated after the hike. Our destination was Sushi Rock.  We got the sampler platter again, and this time had the Hoki Poki, an ahi and apple roll, an Italian inspired roll with parmesan, fish, and greens, and one other equally good roll.

We actually make it down to Pololu Valley this time.
We actually make it down to Pololu Valley this time.

After lunch we drove the 20 minutes or so down the road to Pololu Valley.  The hike down isn’t bad in dry weather, and the beach and view up the valley are beautiful.  There’s also a little county park nearby that has a pretty view of the water and a variety of red-headed birds hopping around.

Mountain overlooks provide great views of clouds.
Mountain overlooks provide great views of storm clouds.

We had dinner at Village Burger in Waimea.  Yes, they’re in a food court, but the food is fantastic.  We split the truffle fries and each of us got a burger.  Tony had the wagyu beef burger with avocado, onions and toppings, and Louisa had the local beef burger with avocado, egg, and veggies.  Both were good, but the wagyu had better flavor.

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