On our last day we got up early and enjoyed a fresh breakfast and coffee at our place and then hit the road. Of course, we had to make a pit stop at Kona Joe’s for some coffee. The last place I wanted to make sure to explore was the North Shore of the island near Waipio and I found the perfect hike for our family. We drove all the way to the end of the road where the Pololu lookout is and we were able to hike down to the valley from there. Kaitlin hiked the entire way! It is an easy hike for families, much easier than having to trek down Waipio, and with almost the same view (per Brandon, who hiked through Waipio 2 years ago and camped there), and so much easier with kids and timing. There was this awesome swing at the bottom and a hammock and Brandon even found this baby tree growing out of a coconut. The views going down to and at the bottom of this hike were awesome. I have to pinch myself sometimes over the fact that beauty like this is all over these Hawaiian islands and it is all at our fingertips.
If you do this hike, I definitely recommend stopping in the town of Hawi on your way back for lunch. We ate at Local Dish, which serves all locally-sourced food and it was incredibly delicious. They have a great beer selection too. We had ice cream across the street before heading back to the airport.
After writing these posts about what we did each day I can sum up our vacation style in three words: Food, Adventure, [like a] Local. I had such a blast with team Vier on this trip and can now say I feel at peace with having to say goodbye to Hawaii in a few weeks.