Welcome to Hawi.
Hawi's newly restored main street.
When Bamboo Restaurant opened in 1993, it was one of only two buildings still occupied in tumbledown downtown Hawi.
These days Hawi, and Kapa'au beyond, are thriving communities bustling with eclectic businesses.
Kohala Artworks in Hawi.
As Hawi turns.
There's a flower and vegetable market every day in Hawi.
Hawi's historic barber shop.
Think the Banana Gallery is a marvel of color?
Neighboring X Isle Tattoo Parlor on Hawi's main street is just as colorful.
The one-man security team at Mother's Antiques, Imports and Fine Cigars.
The Zeidman Gallery features the fine woodturning of Larry Zeidman. This is one of only two galleries where you can buy his bowls, plates and sculptures of native woods.
Kohala Winds of Change, in Hawi, offers imported tea …
… knickknacks and acupuncture.
Outside Kohala Artworks.
Yes, you can get sushi in Hawi.
Interior, Sushi Rock
A map of the area, with a great deal of artistic license.
Some of the buildings in Hawi still betray their age.
This catering company is open when the owner feels like it.
The 124-year-old St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Kapa‘au was damaged in the 2006 earthquake and is still undergoing repairs.
Further down the road in Kapa'au, Kenji's House is home to a collection of rocks, shells and driftwood that longtime Kapa'au resident Kenji Yokoyama turned into art.
A room in Kenji's House, left as a memorial to Yokoyama.
Interior, Kenji's House
At Pico's Bistro, Rosaline Maxx, formerly known for her faux finishes in celebrity Los Angeles homes, now creates quiches, kabobs and spicy prawns.
Rosaline Maxx in Pico's.
Pico's outdoor seating area is located just down from the North Kohala Artists' Cooperative.
Entryway to North Kohala Artists' Cooperative.
Inside the gallery, North Kohala Artists' Cooperative
North Kohala Artists' Collective sculpture garden
The restored Nanbu Building, built in 1898.
The Nanbu Building is now home to retail shops, art galleries and an espresso/deli.
Interior, Kohala Book Shop
Kohala Book Shop is Hawi's largest new and used bookstore.
Nanbu Courtyard Espresso/Deli
Prakash Flynn, owner of Elements Fine Jewelry and Crafts, in her element.
Interior, Elements Fine Jewelry and Crafts
Elements sells crafts and jewelry crafted by Prakash Flynn's husband John Flynn.
Statue of King Kamehameha I
The Kohala district, where Hawi and Kapaau are located, is the birthplace of King Kamehameha I. A copy of this statue also stands in downtown Honolulu, but the one in Kapaau is painted to reflect Kamehameha's robes.
THE place to borrow a book in Kapaau.
Interior, Bond Memorial Public Library
Beyond Kapaau …
Founded in 1886, the Tong Wo Society still functions as a Chinese temple and cemetery.
A local cat snoozes on the lānai of the historic Wo On Store, now the gallery (and home) of painter Patrick Louis Rankin.
Beyond Kapa'au, on the way to Pololu Valley, the colorful Makapala Store. This historic building has a hitching post next to an old stand-up bar.
Makapala Store was once part of a plantation camp.
You can imagine your horse at the hitching post when you rode up for a drink. However, now all you can get is a soda or smoothie.
Unfortunately, this macadamia nut stand was empty when we drove by.
Near the end of the road.
Nearer to the end of the road.
Pololu Valley. The end of the road.
Here seven valleys meet the sea, inaccessible except by boat, helicopter or foot.
This is as close as anyone is likely to get to Hawaii before roads and buildings.