Kohala Country

The first website began as I started photographing the area in which I live. To a large degree it remains so. There are other aspects now and many of the pictures from the original site are gone, yet enough remained to start anew. Some photos were contributed by others, all are considered free to use for legal purposes.

The northern part of the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii is named after the Kohala Mountain with two districts, North and South Kohala. King Kamehameha I, the first King of the Kingdom of Hawaii, was born in North Kohala, near Hawi. See Kamehameha.

Inside Pololu Valley
Bond Estate

At end of Akoni Pule Highway is Pololu Valley Lookout. Pololu is the first of seven valleys on the Northeastern tip of the Big Island which form deep cuts in the side of Kohala Mountain. Pololu is traversed in its entirety by Pololū stream. The upper (southern) end of the valley is located at the end of Highway 217 in North Kohala. Hiking trails criss-cross the valley, and lead in and out. The valley is fronted on the ocean side by a beautiful black sand beach. A yellow sand dune protects the verdant valley inland from the occasional fury of the ocean.

In ancient Hawaii, Kohala was often ruled by an independent High Chief called the Aliʻi Nui. In modern times it is divided into two districts of Hawaii County: North Kohala and South Kohala. Locals commonly use the name Kohala to refer to the census-designated places of Halaʻula, Hāwī, and Kapaʻau collectively. The dry western shore is commonly known as the Kohala Coast, which has golf courses and seas.

Mookini Heiau

Mo’okini Heiau is located in Kohala Historical Sites State Monument near the town of Hawi on the Island of Hawai’i. It is one of the oldest and most (Oral history indicates 1,500 years.) sacred heiau (places of worship) in the Hawaiian Islands and is one of the first luakini heiau in the islands. Today, Mo’okini Heiau is considered a living spiritual temple and a sacred site to Native Hawaiians.

Kamehameha Day 2011
Roots SkatePark North Kohala

We are fortunate to have a Skate Park in the community of North Kohala thanks to the efforts of many volunteers and others who had the vision and drive to devote countless hours toward seeing the concept realized.

Along with the physical rewards children gain from skateboarding, there are a number of mental and emotional benefits as well.  Skateboarding naturally teaches kids how to set goals and overcome fears through the organic path of progression that is embedded in the act of skating.  Overcoming fears and reaching set goals helps to build confidence and self-esteem in kids as they grow and develop. Thank you all involved in this achievement.

North Kohala Golf Park

North Kohala Golf Park is a 9-hole community golf course just past Roots Skate Park at the end of Kamehameha Park in Kapa’au. Adults pay $12 play all day, seniors 55 and older are $10 and kids 16 and under play free. They have club rentals for $8 and golf cart fee is $10 per round. The course is a walking course and pull carts are included in the price. There are ocean views, Maui views and a beautiful park setting.