One of the places we went in Hawaii was the Pololu Lookout.
It is literally the end of the road. If you stand on the last itty bit of pavement and look forward you see this.
To get there you drive northwest out of Waimea on a road that climbs and climbs. At one point you are at about 3000 ft above sea level (There are helpful signs that point out every elevation milestones) and you look over and see this. Yep, you can see the beach – all the way down there.
While we were driving up here we felt like we were the only people around but when we got there it was crowded. People come to see this view.
There is a house right on the side of the road. If I lived there I’d have installed pay toilets and vending machines.
It is super windy. (It is sweet that the husband likes me and zoomed in on me but I’d have liked some scenery in the background.)
I have a thing for turtles and tortoises. One of the things I was looking forward to on our Hawaii vacation was seeing sea turtles. As the first few days went by I got to see video of the sea turtle that my uncle’s partner saw. My parents and brother’s family saw three sea turtles swimming at the beach. I was getting very turtle jealous.
I was holding out hope for Punaluu. This is a black sand beach known for turtles. As I drove in I told everyone that there had best be turtles or I was going to get grumpy.
The turtle gods were listening because there were two turtles!
There was awake watery turtle
And there was sleepy sandy turtle
This is why I buy cameras with super zoom so I can get wildlife pictures without getting in their faces. You aren’t allowed to touch the turtles. There are signs placed by the turtles when they come on shore. See, I’m outside the legal limit.
The next day we went to Hapuna which is a great white sandy beach. It is crap for snorkeling. I was trying to snorkel but there was nothing to see. I just my stuff back on the beach and was sitting in about 6 inches of water slightly pouty faced. A little kid started pointing at me. I thought, “Well great, now there is an obnoxious kid too.”
Then I realized that she was pointing in front of me. There was a large sea turtle passing between us just minding her own business.