Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tourists don't Wreck at the Big Island's Lighthouse Beach




It's just as well that visiting surfers don't know about the rolling right-break into the cove at Lighthouse Beach, near Hawi on the Big Island of Hawaii: Submerged rocks lie in a few inconvenient places along the white water, making for unhealthy surfing.

Local guys walk or drive down through pastoral slopes and ironwood groves through former cane fields. The Kauhola Point Lighthouse is the rocky northern nub of the island, a lush remnant of the Kohala volcano, about a million years older than volcanically active parts in the south, which date from yesterday. Waves break off the point into tiny Keawaeli Bay, a destination for a relaxing getaway hike. See Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer page 37.