Thursday, January 28, 2010
Historic Holualoa, Kona district, Hawai'i
By chance, we just happened to 'stumble' upon this historic town by taking the Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 180) after our tour of a Kona Coffee Plantation. We find that by taking the roads less travelled sometimes you end up at interesting locations with great scenery. The roads are narrow with little room on the shoulders to stop for photos.
It turns out that Holualoa was the only sugar town in the area. Land was cleared for sugar cane and this town became its commercial centre for 27 years. It was also headquarters for the Kona Telephone Company established in the 1890's . Mules were used to string wires from Hilo across the island to Kona.
(Historic Kona Hotel)
Which is now known as the PINK HOTEL
Tourism has kept this town alive by turning houses into Art Galleries, studios and shops. Of course, not being a native of this region I am not that smart to know all this information.
(Ferrari Kona Coffe Co., prev: Garage & Ikeda Gas Station 1920's)
It comes from a Driving Guide along with historic pictures supplied courtesy of the Kona Historial Society's archives
(Koike Feed Store, prev: Koike Barber Shop & Pool Hall, 1925)
(Private residence, prev: Yoneyama House, 1920)
It's all laid out on this walking guide
The building in the background is still there, Paul's Place is the local general store
The Holuakoa Cafe & visitors' centre used to be Toyoki Ueda Garage (1920)
(Holuakoa Cafe has excellent reviews)
The main landmark in this town is the "Pink Hotel" (<-- click link), otherwise known as the Kona Hotel, which was built by the Inaba's and is still operated today by Goro & Yayoko Inaba.
(view from Ferrari Coffee, which used to be a garage)
If you happen to be driving past and notice this pink hotel, it would be time well spent to stop and have a gander
I asked permission to walk about inside to discover its secrets, and I may reveal them in part two, Maybe . . . if you are "good"
A preview . . . to tweak your interest