Starting Out…

We started out from Hilo. I let my family know that we were getting up at 5:30 and they we not really thrilled. However, I think it’s a good idea to get out ahead of the weather. It also can be nice to arrive early in case you need to avoid any people who may be inclined to block your entrance. (More on that later)

Leaving Hilo. Not as early as I wanted, but still a good start for the day.
Leaving Hilo. Not as early as I wanted, but still a good start for the day.

As we began driving out of Hilo we could anticipate nice weather for the hike, but you never can tell what’s going to happen up on the trail. Being from the California desert, my grandson and I counted bridges with water under them. The jury is out, but it’s somewhere over 30!

The journey to Waimea
The journey to Waimea

We arrived in Waimea and were pleased to be able to see the top of Mauna Kea. This, we took as a good sign for the weather. We took a quit pit stop at McDonald’s and bought some snacks at the grocery store then headed back a couple of miles in the direction of Hilo to park near the trail head.

We could see the top of Mauna Kea; we took that as a good sign!
We could see the top of Mauna Kea; we took that as a good sign!

McDonald’s provides a great place to use a clean restroom before the hike. I’m also a sucker for an Egg McMuffin!

The McD's is a great pre-hike pitstop!
The McD’s is a great pre-hike pitstop!

We bought our snacks at the grocery store in the same parking lot.

We got some fresh fruit and snack bars at the store.
We got some fresh fruit and snack bars at the store.

After we got all squared away with food and potty breaks we got back on Hwy 19 and headed east (back toward Hilo). It’s a short 3 mile drive from the Waimea Center to White Road and that is where the fun begins!

Driving back toward White Road.
Driving back toward White Road.

The sign for White Road is pretty easy to miss. I try to watch for it coming into Waimea, because that makes it easier for me to spot coming back. I try to use a little honor system fruit stand on the side of the road as a landmark. When you see it, you are almost there! (Sorry, I didn’t get a picture of the stand)

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3 thoughts on “Starting Out…

  1. Could you please give me the directions on how to get to the white road water slide? My email is ****Removed by Moderator**** I am going there soon therefore would need some kind of guide!

    thank you

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  2. Totally illegal to go there . That’s private property. Belongs to Hawaiian Homelands and private owners. People have gotten seriously hurt there and helicoptered out. Take this down you can be held liable for directing people to this location.

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