|Via: Hawaii Fun Tours|
It doesn't take route 550 long to begin its ascent up into the hills from ocean level. Within a mile, still in the residental area, we took a sharp left then right as we started climbing up the canyon road. As soon as the initial switch back ends you start getting sweeping views to your right as you drive atop one of the mound like hills that begins the canyon.
|The ocean can be seen top right, off in the distance. The road traveled atop the ridge on hill in the top right of the photo.|
As we climbed higher my nerves were certainly put to the test, my husband wanted me to take a driving video on the way up the canyon but I wasn't comfortable enough to look through a viewfinder into the abyss. That wasn't an option for me so the video we have on the way up would be taken at the pull over stops.
|One of the initial views shows the hills shaped like mounds that have been slowly eroded by time and water.|
After spending copious amounts of time at each overlook we pressed on towards the end of the drive to the Koke'e State Park Lookout for views of the magnificent NaPali Coastline from high above. I can't describe with words how breathtaking the overlook view is, enough to say that jagged mountains framing the ocean seen so far below is completely awe inspiring, I seem to recall a tear or two. While watching the waves lapping the shore off in the distance you see what appears to be a small bird, looking closer you can see that it is a far off helicopter tour.
As you can imagine, standing almost a mile above the coastline the air becomes a bit more brisk yet crisp and clear as you look down upon the Kalalau Valley. From this point there a so many trail that I wished I could have had the time to explore. One that I hope to take on my next visit would be the Alaka'i Swamp Trail, this is the highest swamp in the world with a completely different view point.
(This is the continuation of the Hawaiian trip we took in February of 2010)