|Descending along the cliffs towards Laupāhoehoe point (looking southeast).|
From the point, the view back along the coast to the southeast was pretty neat (it helps that the weather was beautiful):
|(Click for a larger version.)|
Anyway, after having lunch at the point, we headed back up the flank of the mountain to get to the park. The high elevation led to a pleasantly cool temperature as we hiked through the forest made up of native ‘ōh‘ia lehua and kōpiko trees.
|Kōpiko are the tall thin ones, ‘ōhi‘a aren't really visible.|
I even found a single orchid in bloom:
|This angle makes it look like the orchid is about to attack me.|
All in all it was a nice little jaunt through a native upland forest. There were a variety of other interesting sights along the way (such as a number of invasive strangler figs at various points in their life cycles), but due to the thick foliage they proved difficult to photograph. If you ever get the chance to check it out, I'd definitely suggest it. The one caveat is that we got lucky with clear skies; the Hāmākua coast has some of the highest annual rainfall levels in the state (and the world), due to the humid trade winds blowing in from the northeast and running into Mauna Kea, so it rains pretty often. But if it's not raining, it's a nice place to see some native flora. A hui hou!