|Gonna miss this once we're back in the northern most territory!|
|Beautiful black sand beach at Puna'u lu'u|
|Well, "someone" is there!|
|Front steps to coffee cottage|
|Yellow - Orange flowers!|
|Coffee beans....turning to coffee "cherry"....now.|
This week is all about sunshine, warm water, not much for schedules and some far out thought that the best place to try a paddle board is somewhere in warm water. We remember we've always wanted to get up to Mauna Kea and see what the mountain is all about...and then...what about the beaches...oh, and a swim with turtles? A Friday Harbor friend gave us her sister's contact information and said....find her!
|Picking fruit at Pamela and Yuan's farm.|
We spend an afternoon with Pamela and Yuan at their house on the side of the hill by Kealakekua. What gracious hosts! It's fun to make an "island to island" connection.
|New friends conected to old friends!|
Pamela and Yuan gave us some great ideas about immersing ourselves in this side of The Big Island. First we follow their advice and go looking for a special beach....Minini!
Here Steve finds a blue crab leg! And the waves fill the shore and tidal pools reaching toward the water.
|Never turn your back on the ocean!|
|Not like our crab legs at home!|
|Prepared by Chefs Nan and Steve|
|Hard to beat this dinner!|
|Just found sunset at the ridge! Or cloud-set!|
|Freezing in the fog and cold air....but still in Hawaii.|
The next morning we make sure to show up at the local Kona "kanakapili" which is Hawaiian for uke jam session! This is a great group of folks who show up Thursday mornings to play ukes, calling out songs and flipping through their iPad to locate downloaded song sheets. We sit down next to a woman who lived on Orcas Island most of her life! Island to Island...that's how it goes. She shares her music, her friends and an extra stool with us!
|Strumming away in the back row|
From Kona this day we travel back across the Saddle Road to revisit Hilo Guitar and Ukulele Store. Ohhhhh....myyyy....
|Ken at Hilo Guitar and Uke shows off this beautiful one with mother of pearl turtles!|
|How about the whale tale inlay on the top of this one?|
Q. How many is too many ukuleles? A. Just one more!
We wrap up the week with more beach trips. One day we drive out the terrible terrible "road" to the beach at "the old airport runway." It's fabulous! And on the "A List" looms a paddle board lesson...and wait...we almost forget to swim with turtles!! But...
|Old Airport Beach|
|Instructor Ian gives Steve a lesson the the wall|
|Ian teaches me how to stand from "table position"....|
|I'm not so sure about this...|
|He's up!!! ...and going!|
|She's up...and paddling out to sea!|
|Awesome Instructor Ian....at HYPR Surf / Paddle in Kona.....this guy rocks!|
Still...not to forget a swim with turtles. The Honus have eluded us so far...no sign of turtles on beaches, or in the water. Time is flying....it's Sunday. Tomorrow we leave and after asking around we decide to snorkel the beach a little south in Kona. There are lots of people on this weekend day. There are fish...and there are....
|Hello Mr. Fish!!|
Finally heading into shore and about to give up...Steve begins pointing and POINTING...at....YES! Honus!
|Yo! Mr. Turtle!|
|Underwater shot! Just swimming by!|
|Loving the warm....perfect evening temperatures...and sunset!|
|Taste test #38??????|
|Christ Church Episcopal|
|Waiting in Honolulu to take us home.|
|SeaTac....after dark...way after.|