My road trip started with a stop at Pu'ukohola Heiau, located on a hillside overlooking Kawaihae Harbor.
Pu'ukoholā Heiau, or "Temple on the Hill of the Whale," was built by King Kamehameha I between 1790 and 1791 to please the war god Kuka'ilimoku.
Pu'ukohola Heiau was still being restored, having incurred serious damage from a large earthquake centered off the South Kohala coast in November 2006. This is the closest I could get for a photo.
Beginning the drive from Kawaihae, heading north on Akoni Pule Highway.
There were many places along the highway to pull over and see the island of Maui, across the Alenuihaha Channel. The peak above the clouds is the summit of Mount Haleakala.
Mahukona Harbor was once the site of an old sugar mill. It is now a state park. Maui's Mount Haleakala is still visible in the background.
A resident on the way to Hawi.
Upolu Airport's tiny facilities and single runway straddles the coastline of the Big Island's northernmost peninsula.
Upolu Airport's terminal and taxiway.
A large wind farm near Upolu Airport was fed by strong tradewinds off the Alenuihaha Channel.
Pololu Valley. The end of the highway, beyond the small towns of Hawi and Kapaau.
Crossroads in Hawi. I'd driven up the coast from Kawaihae and Mahukona. I was about to make the left turn, taking me over the Kohala Mountains to Waimea (a.k.a. Kamuela).
The beginning of Highway 270 to Kamuela. The scenery is already greener, and the mountain air cooler.
Climbing into the clouds. The rolling pasturelands of Kohala mountain.
Kohala is the oldest volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. It is believed to have last erupted more than 120,000 years ago.
The drive over Kohala passes many rounded cinder cones—former volcanic vents now covered with pastureland and forests.
Lots of cattle, horses, sheep and other animals graze on Kohala's lush slopes.
A typical stretch of Highway 270.
Now leaving North Kohala, making the descent down Kohala mountain into Kamuela.
A bank of afternoon fog had settled over Kohala's highest elevations.
The view heading down Kohala mountain into Kamuela.
On a clear day, you can see Mauna Kea, Hualalai and the South Kohala coastline in the distance. Obviously, this was not a clear day.
Kamuela town. End of the road trip. Whoa.