The trip is winding down. We are going to two places today – Laupahoehoe and Waipio Lookout.
Laupahoehoe Point is the location of a devastating tsunami back on April 1, 1946. This beach park is situated on a peninsula of lava that just out from the northern coastline creating a very scenic area that is well worth the drive off the main thoroughfare. The giant waves rose to 56 feet above sea level sweeping away a schoolhouse on the point along with 21 school children. The name of the area comes from the word describing the type of lava (pahoehoe) that formed this peninsula which is shaped like a giant leaf, or lau. If the wave had come just a few minutes later, they would have been in their classroom which was higher in elevation and would have survived.
People leave things in memory of those lost.
this is the remains of a pier and you can see how it tossed around the supports.
It is beautiful but rough.
Here you can see some of the effects of the VOG – making it hard to see clear as it hugs the coastline.
Carol found a spot for Bear and Bearbette with some flowers.
and then a short drive up the coast to Waipio Lookout.
Wow what a drop off – and what a view!
A black lava beach – but it is not easy to get there.
and a valley that they farm taro.
Now when I said it is not easy to get down to the beach – this is what I mean –
yes – it says 25% grade.
Now even walking down to the lookout is a drop. And we have earned our lunch.
Off to Tex Drive in – in Honoka’a – for some lunch and some Malasadas.
What is a Malasadas you ask –
Malasadas, as they are known in Hawaii, are a yeast-leavened doughnut enriched with eggs, butter, and sometimes evaporated or fresh milk. They fry them, and roll them in sugar. Some will have a filling but normally they are just plain. I had apple filling. Well, I shared mine with Carol as these are not small – half is more than enough. Yum.