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September 20, 2004
The next day, we had an appointment with our real estate agent to look at a couple of properties in Hawaiian Acres
("
H" just south of Kea'au) so we headed back to the Hilo side of the island via the Saddle Road.  We headed north out
of
Kailua-Kona, taking the inland road until it intersected with Saddle Road, the rust-red line, which took us across the
island via the inland route.
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The Saddle Road is fairly rough, not well-maintained, and through fairly desolate country, passing in the "saddle"
between
Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.  There's an army base in the middle.  There are signs along the highway
warning of artillery passing overhead and to not go off the road and drive through the countryside.
A cinder cone
There was this interesting mound that
caught our eye as we approached.  The
signs in the picture below left are on the
left side of this mound.
This was the countryside they
didn't want you to drive in.
Sign on left:
PUU HULUHULU
HUNTER CHECKING STATION
DEPT. OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
DIV. OF FORESTRY & WILDLIFE
Sign on right:
KIPUKA PU'U HULUHULU
PU'UHONUA O NA LA-AU MAOLI
(NATIVE TREE SANCTUARY)
AND
NATURE TRAIL
Just to the right of the gate in the photo at left was this interesting cairn or
something.  I have no idea what it was.
Saddle Road comes into Hilo which we went through and headed south to Hawaiian Acres, right off of Volcano Road,
the road we were on the day before heading to Kailua-Kona!  Big Island, small world.
Subdivisions on the Big Island are a little misleading.  In the image below, you see a regular
grid of streets that would make you think that there's some sort of suburban-type environment
going on there when, in fact, the roads aren't paved and are 4-wheel-drive-rough.  Few of the
lots are developed and most are completely overgrown with thick vegetation.  The subdivision
has, however, been subdivided into lots of roughly 1/2 to 1 acre in size.  It's just that nobody's
bought them or built on them...yet.  There are electric and telephone lines but no sewer or
water.  We came in from Hilo (white line) and met our real estate agent at the Hawaiian Acres
Community Association.  From there, we check out two houses (green line & magenta line),
and then went to check out another house across Volcano Highway (blue line) on Oshiro Rd.
The morning of Day 5 was spent visiting a woman who was a local birthing Doula up near
Akaka Falls, north of Hilo (white line above).
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Day 4, From Kona to Hawaiian Acres via Saddle Road
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Day 5, Explore Kalapana Area
then green line to Black Sands Estates to check out a house, then blue line to Kehena Beach area).  We even drove
around Kalapana Seaview (white line), where we now live, although at the time we were unaware of this house being for
sale.  After that, we headed home (right image, magenta line).