On the way to the lookouts we stopped in a small town called Hawi. It’s a quaint little place with old buildings full of shops and cafes. We also got photos of these strange trees that look like they have sausages hanging from them.
From Polulu you drive on highway 250 to the town of Waimea. The highway goes up to an elevation over 3500 feet. It offers spectacular views.
This area of the island is ranch and cowboy country. We passed by green meadows full of cattle, horses and sheep. On the way up north we got to see a view of Mauna Kea. As we were driving in between the two lookouts we got another closer glimpse of the mountain’s snow capped peak. You have to look closely to see it through the clouds.
We stopped in the town of Waimea. It is a lot larger town than we expected. Parker Ranch Shopping Plaza is located here and has some interesting shops that are worth looking through. There’s even a Starbucks here if you need you get your caffeine fix. There are also a lot of good restaurants in this area. We never got a chance to try it, but we were told many times that Merrimans restaurant is supposed to have excellent food.
On the way home we got to see a vivid rainbow. Then it started to rain so hard we could barely see to drive even with the wipers on full speed. We’re starting to get used to the bizarre weather on the island. Only a minute or two down the road it was back to full sun and dry roads. The weather seems to be able to change in an instant and over very short distances.