We’re back from our wonderful Big Island Adventure. You can click on the link if you want to see the whole thing in order and about as done as it’s going to get.
It’s party hearty with friends and family come to call.
Sharon and Dave picked me up at the airport and took me home to a party. You know I love a party! This is most of the Kauai gang, Camas being late as she was taking a class but we got her son Koa from the beginning.
There’s Dave at the edge of the picture in the far lower left. Then Chris, Bob, Kathy and Kenny’s grand and great-grand daughters (ggd hidden from view), Kenny, Idaho-Sharon, Kathy, Sharon, Koa.
April 7 morning
I got up early not feeling time-changed in the least, and watched the day break, dark threatening clouds dominating the sky. So I thought to snap a few quick pix before the rain kicked in.
The landscaping has totally changed from last year revealing the receiving pond more clearly. Last year I named her Hi’iaka after the Hawaiian goddess of water. Sharon calls her Fiona.
Chris and Dave went to the Hindu temple this morning while Sharon and I stayed in with the internet fix-it guy. He was great – above and beyond, and now the whole house is humming with internet.
Since I got here I’ve been perched on a couch corner, plugged into the modem on a short little cord behind the entertainment center. Now I’m back to the luxury of My Office in the stunningly Fabulous Tatami Room which is basically My Room since no one else wants to sit on the floor. What luxury!
Moreton Bay Fig Trees, only 60 years old now. These same trees at this size would take 250 years to grow in their native Australia.
One scene from Jurassic Park, where the kid found the dinosaur egg, was filmed here. The guide was urging everyone to stand on the spot inside the tree roots and have their picture made.
In the parking lot of the Kokee State Park where you can always find plenty-o-splendid red jungle fowl.
Check out the little legs showing under the inset. Just a minute after this guy made it under there, in the minute it took me to put away the camera, she stood up and at least eight little ones scurried out. Watching the chickens in Kauai is so dang entertaining.
We drove through the charming town of Honokaa where we first enjoyed lunch, and then drove on to the view point for the Waipio Valley.
To get down there you have to have a four wheel drive or pay someone up at the viewpoint to take you down. It is all private land now so there are many restrictions on sightseeing. Once this was the meeting place of kings.
…this! Fishing, Island style. He was a nice guy too and chatted with us a bit after he came out. One thing, I told him mahalo for the fun it was to watch and he said too bad he didn’t have any fish to show for it.
Then we came back to the house and didn’t go out again. It took me the whole rest of the day and night to finish the pictures and polish up the story of our Big Island Adventure and do the pictures from the 10th which I hadn’t got to before we left. As soon as I press enter I’ll be all caught up!
Good morning Mount Wai’ale’ale! Copied from the last time we saw her…from the river side of the house, one of the rarest sights in Kaua’i as the peak is so often hidden by clouds, raining nearly every day as it does, and the wettest place on earth.
We check every morning and clap delightedly when she reveals herself. Quick Quick, a Photo!
From inside the lanai, look! EGRET! When I see an egret I say ‘egret’. I cannot stop myself.
Egret! Look at his amusing walk. I am struggling to discover the best way to get these bird shots in focus and have as of now nothing to recommend.
These two I tried focusing on the bird’s feet where there is ground or trees rather than going for the head which has turned out to be a sure failure. We’ll see how that works out.
We were floating along in near darkness at about one mile an hour and this boat of rowers powered by, circling us for fun as we cheered them on.
Long boat rowing is a huge huge sport here, and on the Big Island we saw so many rowers out in the ocean in front of our condo. I suspect it’s just as big on all the islands.
It was quite remarkable to be on this deserted stretch. I should add for full disclosure that just out of view of these photos were huge HUGE houses on giant gorgeous manicured properties, but I guess because there were so few of them we never saw any people.
We did see a couple guys in the parking ‘place’ – one net fisherman when we were arriving and a spear fisherman was going down as we were leaving.
This guy was hanging out near the lobby of the hotel where we ate lunch.
The doorman said he was a Chinese Whistling Duck but Ms Google the source of all, doesn’t have a picture of a Chinese Whistling Duck. The beak looks right though for other whistling ducks. And there is a red-billed whistling duck that looks close except this little fellow doesn’t have a red beak.
I asked the doorman where was the duck’s family and the guy said he didn’t have any. All the other ducks are mallards. Maybe they can’t find another Chinese Whistling Duck because there isn’t one.
There are four colors of yellow flags, one for each quarter of the year reminding the followers of what it is they are supposed to concentrate on during that period. For now they are supposed to be working on their five year plan.
Every year you re-do your five year plan. I like that, I think it’s useful. I haven’t really done one since I retired but I think I’m going to try to before I get home. That can be part of my five year plan – to do them.
I could hardly believe it – after the wake boarding adventure we had a little snack-lunch and off they all went for the Three Hour round-trip by kayak, paddle board, and hike. .fording streams and scrambling up muddy hillsides, to reach Secret Falls.
They said it was wonderful and I believe them. Congratulations!
As a fond farewell we got to hear Caleb give his prize winning competitive speech which was delightful – too bad I didn’t get him in full action.
More of what I don’t have pictures of: Boccie Ball tournaments, rounds of Miniature Golf, lively games of Spit, Lounging! And we ate in the fabulous screened lanai for all our meals because no one wanted to leave!