Friday, April 8, 2016

Kapakai Kokoiki - Birthplace of King Kamehameha

When we visited the Big Island a couple of years ago, I wanted to visit the birthplace of King Kamehameha.  Using Google Maps searching for the correct road, we drove to the south side on Coast Guard Road.  Respecting closed gates, this was a dead end.  Then on to the north side via Upolo Airport Road, we engaged Upolu Point Road.  This path was just too much for the low riding minivan.  In utter defeat we retreated, vowing to return (just like MacArthur).

With a new time upon us and new equipment available, we embarked on the path to eradicate the blemish on our record.  We re-visited the southern path and it was gated as before.  We new what we needed to do.  Back around to the north and down to the airport.  The pavement ended and the muddy route lay ahead.  Onward and sideward and thru the little ponds we drove, passing those that failed and were turning around.

It really wasn't that bad, just needed better ground clearance.  We did our best to avoid splashing the few hikers that were on the same quest.  As is typical of these islands, the drive along the coast was beautiful.

I don't know what I expected to see.  It was very different from the other old Hawaiian structures.  A squared off wall much like you would see in a fort.  I guess I thought it would be more like the remnants of a village, like the Lapakahi village in the state park.

We still need to return to visit the Mo'okini Heiau.