Day 10 – Waimea to Spencer Beach Park – Hawi – Ukeleles – The Heat
It’s another promising day. The mountains keep the rain away on the east side and the wind is blowing kind of sideways. We leave Kamuela Inn after a full breakfast and start gradually up north on 250; the view of Kawaihae Coast by the side. We are back on 3500 ft and the rest to Hawi is a nice descend.
I stare at curious cows as they slowly approach to see what I can offer. After the obligatory designated viewpoint at the top of the incline the road becomes a lot nicer and of course downhill is always acceptable.
Hawi looks like a nice place to stay, but we planned to reach Spencer Beach for tonight. We checkout ukeleles and slack guitar music at a small store and have ice cream. Maui is visible at the background.
The weather at North Kohala is entirely different and we are back to dry-hot-sunny trio. At Lapakahai State Park we stop for a brief lunch and walk among the remains of an ancient village, a very nice place to live indeed.
Spencer Beach is also near a historical place and we are probably camping right on the King’s Trail. Nobody has camped yet when we arrive so it’s easy to choose a spot. We walk to a nearby beach based on a tip from a guy who approached us while putting up the tent. A few tents appear around us as the hours pass. After dark, someone in reflective jacket shows up and checks our permit.