Hang a left at the sandy Anaeho'omalu Beach Park in South Kohala and after fifteen minutes of walking you'll hit the white strip of sand at Kapalaoa Beach. Excellent snorkeling awaits, and a stroll of the rugged backshore will reveal heiau ruins and petroglyphs. (If you walk right from the beach park for fifteen minutes, the contrast could not be greater: the luxury resorts at Waikoloa and the Hilton, plus scads of beachfront villas.) Check out Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, beginning on page 59.
At the end of the road at the north end of the island (Kohala) is the Pololu Valley Lookout. From there a steep but short trail leads to a remote beach (pictured) with stream valley. Adventure hikers can continue from there on and up-and-down trail to several other roadless valleys. See page 35 of Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer.
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