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January 09, 2004
Exploring the Big Island
Today was another wonderful day in paradise. First I went out alone to walk a few beaches at dawn. I picked up some very cool coral and shells to use in beadwork. I then drove down into Kahual-Kona stopping to talk pictures of interesting sites as I went. Then back to the condo.
We rolled out about 10:00 a.m. heading toward Kohala Mountain to Flume the Ditch. See pics below. Unfortunately we arrived early and were instructed to return in 45 minutes. So our intrepid crew pulled out a map and decided we could picnic at Mahukona Beach Park. According to the map we could reach a coast road by turning off the highway toward Upolu Airport. We passed a nice herd of Holstein cows before we found that the map road was a rutted one lane dirt road, not easily navigable in a Dodge Neon. So we picnicked in the parking lot next to the airport.
Fluming the Ditch was a great trip. The four of us were in one kayak with Adam our guide. He was great. He pointed out fresh water prawns, waterfalls, and Kona coffee plants. Then he sang songs from Israel Kamakawiwo'ole albums as we floated through the tunnel system. I had mentioned that I had bought one of his albums the previous day, at Hilo Hatties, called Facing Future. As I check links to add to this post I find that his version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which is amazing, is the #1 download from iTunes World Music section and #4 over all for today's date (1/16/04).
After the ride we were ready for a swim. So we headed down the coast stopping at various beaches and bays until we arrived at Holoholokai Beach Park. There I swam at the boat ramp were the water was calm. A prediction of swells rising to 25 feet had made many of the sites to choppy for this midwesterner.
After swimming we drove into town for an excellent dinner at Wasabi Japanese Restaurant. The sushi was wonderful. I have never tasted fish so buttery smooth. Who knew I really would like Nigore style.
And so here I am again sitting on the lanai pecking out this entry on a Palm. It's my last night in Hawaii and I'm wondering if I should spend part of it sleeping on the lanai. It is 30 degrees with ice in Indiana, maybe I will stay here. Will be a long time before I wear shorts and sleeveless tops again otherwise.
Posted by prolurkr at January 9, 2004 11:54 PM
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