The Kam family posing for a photo with a herd of cows on our way to Kohala.

Day two on our recent Big Island vacation took us to the quaint town of Kohala, the birth place of King Kamehameha. We made the drive from Kona more to take in the scenery than anything else. They don’t call this place the Big Island for nothing. It’s twice the size of all the other islands combined and while the drives can be lenghty to get from place to place, the views along the way are priceless.

The goal was to make it to Pololu Valley lookout before heading to Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa Beach Resort for dinner at Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar. But that plan was spoiled when we got to the valley lookout and police had blocked off the entrance due to a hiker being air lifted out after having a heart attack. No biggie. We just turned around and headed to dinner early. We enjoyed shopping around Queen’s Marketplace and ended a great day with some delicious sushi at Sansei. Just how good was the meal you ask? So good, I forgot to take photos. 😦

White coral "graffiti" against the jet black lava fields is a common scene along the roads on the Big Island. That's Mauna Kea looming in the background.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site built by Kamehameha in the 1790s near Kawaihae is a popular cultural stop on the way to Kohala.

Ensen and Kona Grandma having fun in the car on the way to Kohala.

We came across a field of windmills near Upolu Airport. Who knew?

The original Kamehameha Statue in Kohala is a popular photo opportunity that I couldn't pass up.

Ensen and Kona Grandpa checking out some of the cool artwork displayed around Queen's Marketplace.

A crowd gathers at Queen's Marketplace to enjoy live music as the sun sets.


  1. golfnutn8 says:

    Hi Sheila, thanks for stopping by and us locals like to play tourist every now and then. But to be honest, travelers are getting more savvy about their choices here on the islands and we’re definitely seeing more of them doing the stuff we like to do.

  2. Sheila says:

    Ah, you’re bring back good memories from our visit in March. We stayed in the condos right across the street from Queens Marketplace. That’s a great location!

    We were talking about Sansei this weekend and how much we’d like to go there and how we compare all sushi restaurants to it. Sansei is certainly THE standard in sushi restaurants for us.

    As a visitor, it’s interesting to read your local perspective of where went go and what you did when you’re on vacation on Hawaii. Sounds like we like to do the same things.

    Hawaii is so beautiful! I miss it!

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