Qberry Travels: Hawaii's Big Island - Pololu Valley's Incredible views and history

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Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018 · 3 min read · United States · #adventure

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On our 4th day on the big isle of Hawaii we took a drive to the Pololu Valley to see the incredible views we had been told about. This is the area the helicopters fly around to show the sites as well as being the birth place of King Kamehameha.

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Just one of the many beautiful valleys in this area

The first thing you'll see when you get to the Pololu Valley area is the historic statue of King Kamehameha. The famous King of Hawaii was born in this area which later became known for sugarcane farms. He was the one who united all the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810. Legend had it that a great king would be born when a light in the sky was seen as if it had feathers like a bird. King Kamehameha was born in 1758, the year Haley's comet passed over Hawaii. So it is said that his reign was destined.

This statue was rescued in 1912 after being at the bottom of the ocean for 32 years!

Now the interesting part about the statue:
The statue was created in Florence, Italy in 1880. However, the ship carrying it sunk and the statue lost. A second statue was created and put up in Honolulu. Miraculously, this statue was found, raised from the sea and then put up in the Pololu Valley in 1912.

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Given the birth name Paiea, the future king was hidden from warring clans in secluded Waipio Valley on the Hamakua Coast after birth. After the death threat passed, Paiea came out of hiding and was renamed Kamehameha (The Lonely One). Kamehameha was trained as a warrior and his legendary strength was proven when he overturned the Naha Stone, which reportedly weighs between 2.5 and 3.5 tons. Legend had it that whoever had the strength to move the Naha Stone would rule the Hawaiian Islands. Today, the Naha Stone can still be seen today, located in front of the Hilo Public Library.
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We were not let down by the locals when told about this place. The views really were more than your mind could take in. The scale was just so large there is no way a picture can do it justice. I can't wait to post about the helicopter ride we took!

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Favorite helicopter shots, can't wait to go over that day trip

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Your eyes just can't take it all in. Dozens of huge waterfalls that just look tiny

This area used to be known for sugar cane plantations. Now the small towns that dot this area are known for great organic food, adventure tourism and art galleries. Just driving around in the rented jeep with it's top off and visiting these places makes a great day.

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There is a trail starting at where the picture above was taken from that leads you down to this secluded beach. It's a heck of a hike back up, but being alone on that beach is an incredible experience. It's a 500 ft drop in elevation as you go down. The water however is notoriously treacherous here and only recommended for expert swimmers.

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Hope you enjoyed this day on the Big Island with us, be sure and check out the others below!

Kalae (South Point) Cliffdiving
Green Sand Beach, One of Four in the world
Kaimū Black Sand Beach


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My parents are in Hawaii right now, not sure which island. I have been to there a few time but i have never been to the big island yet. It looks beautiful, i may have to put it on my list of places to go!


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

It's a great place to explore. I'm sure you would love it. Thanks for the support.


Aw, I miss the big island... I never took the helicopter rides before, but you did get some incredible shots!


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

Thank you. I will be doing a post on the helicopter ride soon. We got very lucky with some nearly free tickets!


Great photos of the awesome landscape! I love the history of this area. I can just imagine driving around this beautiful island in a jeep with the top down...


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

It's enough to make you want to buy a jeep! Thanks.


Incredibly picturesque views and stunning photos, great job! That king guy sounds like a badass, too


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

Ha, no doubt. Thanks for the support!


prch
...... @prchFebruary 2018

I'm currently doing a Hawaii travelogue (on O'ahu Island only) and very novice.

Your series is detailed and insightful!

Mine is from a perspective of a tourist but yours is from a perspective of a traveller! This shows the main difference!


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

Thanks, I'll check it out. And thank you for the resteem @prch


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Hawaii's are just incredible ! The views there are unreal.So many things to see , the culture is different, people are behaving different.I really want to visit Hawaii. The beaches there are freaking fantastic which makes me wanna go and swim and then just lay and rest on the beach. I heard that the prices there are high but its probably worth it since everything there seems close to perfection.I follow a couple from Hawaii that shows the life there and I can clearly see that its really beautiful.

Thank you for contributing to the Steemit Community.Keep up the great work and I'm looking forward to your next posts.


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

Thank You. It can be more expensive there at the grocery stores, but the farmers market there is great and always has cheap fresh foods.


Reading the history and seeing the picture one of the beautiful valleys in this area makes me like traveling there.

I wish to be in Hawaii someday


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

Thank you very much!