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Nov 21, 2019 - Day 7

The first stop of Pu’u Wa’Wa trail is a bust. Somehow, I ended up right in front of a locked gate of a development. I knew the trail is nearby but could not find the entrance. I decided to give up and continue to the next place. This time the coordinates worked. It took me right to the entrance of the preserve. After I got out of the car, I immediately heard many bird’s chirping. Shortly after I got on the trail, I saw a red Apapane drinking from a Holia flower. This is my first Hawaiian endemic bird. Its red feather among the green leaves...

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Nov 20, 2019 - Day 6

Today is a travel day. My flight is at 11:00am. I cleaned and put things tidy at the studio and left at 9:00am. Everything was smooth. The Hawaiian airline, from Oahu to Big Island is only 30 minutes. After getting my luggage, I took the shuttle to the rental car place. By 12:30pm I already got the rental car key and loaded my camera bag. Dan and Jean came at about 12:45pm. They loaded my big luggage into their car, and I drove off. They are going shopping grocery and pick up David. I want to skip this trip and go directly some birding...

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May 1, 2018 - The Big Island of Hawaii

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – USA chapter Hawaii has to say about Kailua-Kona: “In 1866 Mark Twain described Kailua-Kona as ʻa little collection of native grass houses reposing under tall coconut trees – the sleepiest, quietest, Sundayest looking place you can imagine.’ My, how things have changed. Kailua now has the worst traffic, the most hotels and condos, the most tourists, the most souvenirs per square foot, and is the most likely place on the island to find businesses open on Sunday. Along shoreline Aliʻi...

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Apr 30, 2018 - Random thoughts at the airport

We have flown 1 Seattle to Amsterdam 2 Amsterdam to Casablanca 3 Casablanca to Athens 4 Athens to Iraklion (Crete) 5 Iraklion to Athens 6 Athens to Santorini 7 Santorini to Athens 8 Athens to Istanbul 9 Istanbul to Bangkok 10 Bangkok to Melbourne 11 Melbourne to Sydney 12 Hervey Bay to Lady Elliot Island 13 Lady Elliot Island to Bundaberg 14 Bundaberg to Hervey Bay 15 Brisbane to Sydney 16 Sydney to Yalara 17 Alice Springs to Darwin 18 Darwin to Perth 19 Perth to Adelaide 20 Adelaide to Melbourne 21 Melbourne to Honolulu 22 Honolulu to...

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Second Time Around

Apr 28, 2018 - Last booking

We fly Kona to Honolulu and connect to Seattle tomorrow. Our last booking is with Capital airport shuttle for a late night ride to Olympia. Our time in Hawaii has been primarily social, catching up with friends. Some sight seeing has been fun. The volcano for sure has been the highlight. Some Big Island Notes: Kona has the best weather and therefore has attracted the most money on the Big Island. Many locked gates: gated houses, estates, and developments. Hilo is scruffy, a little tough, and a little depressing. Try Ken's Pancake House. We...

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Apr 27, 2018 - Things we've learned

Four months is a long time. We almost skipped Hawaii. We feel like January in Morocco could have been last year or the year before. Time gets compressed on the road. So many new places, people, and experiences day after day weigh on time. It's important to keep a record, as compressed time weighs on your memory. Don't underestimate culture shock. It includes weather, traffic, media, as well as food, language, religion, and wealth (or lack thereof). Travel with friends is better than traveling alone. But choose your friends wisely. We were...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Random notes on Hawai'i

Leaving the airport you see lava. Lots of lava. Aa (rough) and pehoehoe (smooth) for the uninitiated. Lava comes from the five major volcanoes that created the Big Island. The original Hawaiian people were immigrants, descended from seafaring people from what is now Southeast Asia. They brought invasive species including pigs and taro root. They also brought religion based on nature and including occasional human sacrifice. Coffee. Lots of coffee. Kona coffee is famous but to me not that good. I hear it's heavily sprayed with lots of...

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Apr 22, 2018 - April 22/22

A peculiar feature of cross-Pacific travel is the International Date Line. Runnning true north-south roughly between Australia and Hawaii, it is an artificial boundary. To the west of it, you are a day ahead of those to the east. We flew across it last night. That meant that sometime around halfway through our 10 hour flight, we went from early morning April 23 to very early morning April 22. We landed in Honolulu around 6AM in a time and date haze. That does not excuse my minor hostel booking error. I had booked us on the wrong coast of...

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Feb 18, 2017 - Kona Hawaii

Our plane arrived at around 5:00PM and reached our condo about aun hour later. After settling in we took a gass of wine to our deck and talked about our plans for Hawaii, The Big Island! On our last night in Kona we enjoyed happy hour on the beach and talked about our times here. The hustle and bustle of Kona was a welcome change from Princeville . (We enjoyed the tropical feel of Princeville but were ready for more restaurants etc.) Best of all, our condo was about two miles from town, so we could retreat and relax at the end of the day....

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ALOHA 2017

Sep 21, 2015 - the Big Island Day one

Finish packing a small bag and off to the commuter part of the airport for my 45 minute flight to KOA was foggy this morning so not a lot of pictures, small prop plane carrying 9 people. Got to the big island and picked up my car a red Hyundai Veloster 3 door, interesting little car, okay once I got used to it a bit low getting in and out LOL. Drove down the Kona coast heading to the south end of the island, making my first stop at the Kaloko-Honokohhua Historical Park, a place with a couple fish ponds and lava flows from many years ago....

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Off to Hawaii

Sep 20, 2015 - Busy days

We have been very busy the last 2 days. Yesterday, (Saturday) we took a 10 hour tour! Our first stop was at a small Kona coffee plantation where all there berries are picked by hand. The coffee cost $75 a pound. We had a picnic lunch there overlooking the ocean. Our next stop was at the most southern town in the United States. Then it was off to a black sand beach. I was surprised at how fine the sand was. We then took about a 1 mile walk through the US's only tropical rainforest and walked through a lava tube. We had dinner at the Volcano...

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May 5, 2014 - Kailua-Kona, The Big Island

Overnight, we sailed to the Big Island of Hawaii and our first stop there at Kailua-Kona. Kona is on the west side of the island along the Gold Coast. The Big Island got its name honestly as it dwarfs all the other Hawaiian islands combined. Kailua-Kona played its own unique role in Hawaiian history from the unification of the islands to the advent of Christianity. Missionaries from New England landed here around 1920 and built churches for worship and to spread Christianity. Kona also has the coffee-growing region where world-class gourmet...

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