From the garden, waking up to warm greetings from Fiona (or…Hi’iaka, the Hawaiian goddess of water!).
With Chris and Dave and TREES.
Last year was all about the birds. Our goal was to know the name of every bird we saw and by the end of the trip that was true, although there are surely plenty of birds we were not able to find.
This guy is the very very Common Myna. We can also identify the following with pictures in last year’s chapter: Splendid Red Jungle Fowl (THE bird of Kauai), Egret (Egret!), Nene (the Hawaii state bird), Red-Crested Cardinal (our Dude and Dudette), Pacific Golden Plover (runrunrun STOP runrunrun STOP), Zebra Dove, Spotted Dove, and Rock Dove, Black-Crowned Night-Heron, House Sparrow, Common Moorhen, various Swans that swim around hotel ponds, Chestnut Mannikin (a rare sight), Hawaiian Coot, “koloa maoli” (a native duck), Muscovy Duck (who knows where that guy came from). At the Kilauea Point lighthouse we can recognize Albatross, black footed, red footed, and brown Bobbies, Frigatebird (split tail), Shearwater (white underwings).
((The African tulip tree has flowers in the same flaming colors as the poinciana, but these fiery red flowers grow in circles around the tightly crowded buds at the tips of the branches, rather than in dense clusters all over the canopy of the tree as the poinciana does. You can most easily identify either of these by their leaves.
The poinciana has fernlike leaves and the African tulip has big shiny green leaves that grow to 2 feet long. Because of its size and its dense foliage, the African tulip provides deep shade where few other plants will grow and it isn’t used as much as the poinciana.))
Yesterday we had lunch at Brenneckes (where they were no longer carrying Longboard so I drank a Big Wave which was delicious) and today we had lunch at Ono Family Restaurant. Lunch is our big meal out. We also swung by Spouting Horn yesterday but I didn’t take a picture.
This is the view from the kitchen looking through the living room to the always cool Spirit House.
Camas and Curt had us up to their place for dinner. It was fairly dark when we got there so no pictures of their splendid three acres of ALOHA including awesome views of the mountains and the sea.
We had all the fabulous salmon you could eat, and I ate a lot of that salmon.
I had 3 seconds to run around. I need to figure out what’s wrong with that timer! And I wish I had a better picture of ME but hey, look at those DOGS, so I had to use it.
The Autograph Tree! We’ve got this one down now.
The other trees we can identify but maybe not from a speeding car: Plumeria of Course, Longleaf Ironwood and River-oak Ironwood, African Tulip and Poinciana when they are blooming, Albizia when it’s big, Norfolk Island pine although the Columnar Araucaria or Cook pine looks a lot like it, Coconut Palms and there are so many other palms that we haven’t distinguished yet.
Followed by an early opening to the Merrie Monarch Festival of HULA!
We started watching today and it runs through Saturday. It’s great fun and you can watch it too online at http://www.k5thehometeam.com.
…we head out to sea.
From here it looks like smooth sailing but it was oh so not smooth sailing. The captain said they do go in much worse conditions but even seven miles out the waves were huge and the boat was never not pitching about. I put away the camera and didn’t take it out again until we were safely back along side.
Nevertheless I did make the whole trip without chucking my cookies and had a totally fabulous time rockin’ and a rollin’ through the morning. Chris and Dave were not so lucky cookie-wise but kept up good spirits throughout which was admirable.
…we caught so so many fish, I think a few of them are already missing from this picture, that near the end of our time out I said to the guys ‘oh please, don’t make me catch any more fish’.
‘Catching fish’ is a bit of a misnomer, more like ‘reeling in fish’ since the guys did all the setting of the lines and put the pole in a holder at our seat once we had a strike, and then they pulled the fish into the boat, cleared the hook, and basically did all the jobs except the reeling. What a luxurious way to go fishing.
They cleaned us up plenty of filets (the big ones are mahi mahi and the small ones are yellowfin tuna) and we’ll be eating fish for days. They sell the rest, a procedure we knew would be the way before we signed up.
Our very excellent guides.
We traveled along two and a half miles of an old sugar plantation irrigation system. The particular route we were on is still in use as a water delivery system into a purification plant and then distribution to Kapaa, Lahui, and a few other towns in Kauai.
We spent a lot of time in the tunnels that plantation workers dug by hand in the early 1800s, which reminds me to note that the guides did an excellent job of keeping us all entertained with interesting stories and audience participation for the three hours which included only about 45-60 minutes of actual tubing.