|Waipi'o Valley from the Lookout|
We acquired lodgings at the Alegre Plantation House & Waipi'o Hostel, which we found on Air B&B. Greg, and his family are welcoming hosts.
Dinner was at the Waipi'o Cookhouse, just up the road, and anything on the menu is worth getting. I had the ribs. It is not often that you get to dine with a Warrior Princess!
This morning we started by driving to the Waipi'o Valley Lookout. This valley has been home to Hawaiians for over a thousand years. Kings lived in the valley, and looking down through the mists, you can see why. A tsunami in 1946 destroyed the valley and the taro and rice fields. Since that time, the valley slowly began to be occupied by Hippies and Vet's. The entire area here has the flavor of Nederland and up through Ward, except it is along the coast.
The valley floor is privately owned, and difficult to reach. Though once there you are treated to views of waterfalls, and a black sand beach. To get there, requires 4 wheel drive, or a mule! Or you can walk the mile to the valley floor. It is only a 900 elevation drop, and the road is to get there is is a consistent 28% grade over much of that mile.
I went for a walk, and ended up on the black sand beach of the Waipi'o Valley. I enjoyed the walk, but Steff would not have. Once on the valley floor, it dawns on you that the 900 foot drop, turns into a 900 climb when you come back up. I love a challenge.
I finished my trek in time to put the salmon on the grill at the hostel. We expect Zina to join us for dinner.