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Last Day in Paradise

I’m writing from Vancouver, but wanted to post some pictures up of our last day in paradise at our Puako house, in fond remembrance.  The entire day consisted of AMAZING snorkeling (we searched + did not find our shark again, but instead swam with a school of unicorn fish), reading + hanging out with my turtle buddies.  Paradise, indeed.  I’m so sad to have left it, but now it will always be a special place where Jeff + I will always return.

Here is a photo I found on the internet which is a really accurate representation of the marine life we snorkeled with in Puako.  I’m not even exaggerating. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We came upon a couple of turtles having their shells cleaned by surgeon fish + tangs.  So exciting + fascinating to watch.  Again, not our photo, but a great example.

 

 

 

 

 

When the turtles are munching at the moss underwater, every once in a while they would bring their little heads up for a breath.  I would wait with anticipation for that moment, like the patient naturalist that I am.  DSC02487

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little piggy was chowing down like it was his last meal for god’s sake.

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Out cold.  A most uncomfortable looking snooze.

 

The day we left the island, I went outside for the last time to say goodbye to our beach + to my turtle companions.  It was high tide + I saw a group of three having their breakfast.  I became teary eyed + went back inside.  I hope to return to swim with them again. 

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Paniolo Pride

Ladies + Gentlemen, we celebrated the 36th Annual Waimea Paniolo Parade on Saturday, September 17th, 2011!!!!  Jeff was up + ready!  We drove 20 min inland + when we arrived in Waimea, I saw the crowds + tents + boy howdy did I start getting excited!!!!  I LOVE festivaaaaaaals!!!!!  Lobster Fest, Octoberfest, Scottish Fest, Swallow Day Fest….I could go on. It’s too bad my festival homie Debbie Im couldn’t be with us.  In spirit, Debbie!!!  In spirit!!!

 

Jeff found this Hawaiian western shirt couple days ago thrifting + wore a tiki bolo tie that he brought from his collection in Canada, just in case.  Who knew it would become useful on this trip?  Who knew?  Jeff knew.          

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parade begins!!!!!  I’m going to organize the photos by section because we took so darn many.  Hawaiian Royalty!!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the court announcer singing with his gelled Jonas Brothers hair.  And check out the kid in the red loincloth next to him giving serious stink eye!!!!  Hah!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

This guy is going to beat you down with a stick.  In ancient Hawaii it was kapu (forbidden) for those of lower class to look upon the chief or cast your shadow upon him.  The penalty is death.  I think this guy is regulating!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

These were my two favorite guys at the parade.  How cute is the french horn player???  

 

 

 

 

 

I picture this as my friends + I as we gracefully enter our sunset years.

 

 

 

Here come the paniolos!!! My heart was racing!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why sir, that is a very handsome moustache!  Y’all know I’m a sucker for a hearty moustache!!!

Here are a couple of hunky paniolo pics for you ladies:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots + lots of adorable keiki (kids)!!!!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Princesses!  Each one represented a Hawaiian island.  They would extend their hand from their mouths + softly say, “Aloha.”.  After each one passed by, without fail I’d say, “preeeeettyyy”, like Lennie from Of Mice and Men.        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pink princess, I called the Nicki Minaj of Paniolo Princesses.  She was all about it!!!  Posing, waving, huge smiles!!!  Girl was like, “Haaaaay!!!!!”!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other highlights from the parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite outfit with the whitelace gloves + jaunty woven hat.  Sassy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s not forget the pooper scoopers!!!  Each one had a different theme!  Look!  The driver is receiving a kiss! Poop + romance!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The haole local ladies sitting in front of us did not appreciate this one!!!  Oh my, no they did not!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff was obsessed with this kid because he had a drawn on moustache.  Ole!!!!

 

 

 

After the parade was over, we went to the Waimea Farmer’s Market where Jeff had a fresh, homemade bacon sandwich.  He pretty much was salivating over the lady making it + staring intensely at her (which I think freaked her out a bit), because we were staaaarved at that point.  I really think it was wild boar that they killed in the hills because apparently the island is over-run with them + it tasted really, really amazing + fresh.  I still think it was not enough food for a lumberjack, unfortunately as you’ll find out later in the post.

 

 

Sir, why so intense, sir???  Do you realize you’ve been on a tropical island on vacation, sir?  Hello, sir???

 

 

 

 

At least SOMEONE was enjoying themselves!!!  Sheesh!!! Island style, brah!!!  Chill, mon!!! Someone bring me a Mai Tai!

 

 

 

 

After Jeff had a little food in him, we wandered to the park for the Ho’olaule’a for food, hula + fun.  My recommendation to anyone going to the 37th annual Waimea Paniolo Parade is to skip this part.  Great people watching, don’t get me wrong.  But it was crowded as heck, the lines were insanely long for food + it is generally like herded cattle.  We waited for $7 kahlua pork, they forgot about us + when we reminded them, they said they ran out of rice + the amount of pork given to us was like a melon ball scooper’s worth.  Jeff was so irate but I felt bad for them because they seriously looked panic stricken + one of them was calling their auntie to bring mo’ rice. 

Look at all those darn people!  Moooo!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princesses on their off time, hanging out in their jeans + drinking pop.  This one princess in tan was probably related to Andre the Giant + was like 2 times taller than her husband.  He + the baby were both wearing forest cammo tshirts.  Bad ass Waimea style, yo!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The good part is, there was a really crowded craft tent + Jeff bought a carved bone necklace by this old time artisan, Ika Vea who carved the pendant that Jeff chose + wove + braided the necklace while we hung out.  It’s a very special handcrafted piece of art that Jeff is really happy about. 

 

 

Here is Cranky Pants not so happy to be in a craft tent holding one of the gorgeous wood carvings Ika made that we now regret not bringing home with us.

 

 

 

 

Note to all ladies.  Don’t take your significant others to festivals unless they’ve been previously amply fed.  You’ll thank me later.

 

 

 

 

Sadly, I’m writing the ending to this blog post from Vancouver.  Not sad, because I love Vancouver (we arrived at 2am to Tom + Deb’s last night), but sad because I miss my tropical paradise + all of my turtle family.  I spent the entire last day in the backyard of our house at the beach.  I couldn’t bear to be near the computer + had to fully enjoy our most amazing last day of the honeymoon.  I will post more pictures of that last day tomorrow!!!!  Sniff, sniff.

Oh, It’s Such a Perfect Day

Today was the best day of the honeymoon so far!!!!  I finally managed to sleep in, + this is what today mostly consisted of.                                                                          

 

 

 

That’s right in our backyard, y’all.  I’m sad because I think I had salt spray on my lens, so some of my pictures from today are a little blurry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did a good amount of snorkeling + it was like a GOLD MINE OF AQUATIC TREASURES!!!!  Although, to our dismay, we realized that instead of my totally radical Japanese flippers that I bought at Waipouli Variety on Kauai, we had mistakenly grabbed flippers that would fit a 7 year old!!!!  So, I had to go flipper-less + we swam out FAR, y’all!!!!  The coral reefs were like a teeming city of fishies!!!!  Like the Chicago World Fair of fish!!!!   We saw a ton of humu­humu­nuku­nuku­āpuaʻa, the longest word in the Hawaiian language.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly fish, dragonets, puffer fish, surgeon fish, yellow tangs, humuhumu’ele’ele, wrasses, etc.!!! As we were swimming around, along the ocean floor I noticed A SHARK slinking about!!!!!!!  I was trying to be as non-conspicuous as I could be, “I don’t really see you, mister shark, do you see me???”  while making minimal body movements.  Jeff was pointing at it + so excited!!!  I was thinking, “Be cool!!!  Be cool, man!!!’!!!  We surfaced + he asked, “What kind of shark do you think that was?”.  I replied, “White tip shark”.  Well, I’m a regular marine biologist, y’all, because when we got back to the house we did some online research + I was on the money!!!!  White tip reef shark!!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank god they are non-aggressive.  Shark bait. By the way, these underwater pics aren’t ours cuz we don’t have an underwater camera, but you betcha we are going to buy a disposable one tomorrow, after today’s bounty!!!!  AAAAAARRR, avast ye yellow liver land lubbers!!!!!

Let’s just say swimming in white capped waters without flippers made we well worn out.  The rest of the day we hung out, sunning ourselves with our turtle neighbors munching along beside us.   HEAVEN, Y’AAAAAALLLLL!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s one face down napping like a champion.  

They get so pooped from eating from the algae buffet + dragging their fat little heavy bellies onto the shore, that once they manage – they just straight pass out.  I can feel you, turtle brother.  I feel you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff got antsy, of course + decided to yard work.  Let me repeat, yard work on a rental house!!!!  This guy doesn’t know the definition of  RELAXATION!!!!  My god, help me!!!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was happy where I was, but since mister ants-in-his-pants wanted to go out for sunset, we went to Pu’ukohola Heiau.  Built by Kamehameha I, on a prophecy that if he built this temple, he would conquer all the islands. 

And by 1810, he united all the islands of Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been the most amazing day together.  We are both so sad to see it coming to an end, but we are going to take advantage of this paradise to the end!!!!!!!!!!!

Easy does it…

After our raging dance party, admittedly today was slow goings.  Jeff was like a “jamby” – that’s how my mom pronounces “zombie”.  Jamby!  Jamby!!!  We headed inland towards the the largest privately-owned cattle ranch (Parker Ranch) in the US which is located in Waimea (Kamuela).  It is said that King Kamehameha III arranged for three Mexican cowboys to come to the Big Island to teach the locals about cattle ranching.  Thus, the birth of the Hawaiian paniolos (cowboys)!  Viva Mexico!!!!!

I had to take Jeff to one of my all time favorite dives, Hawaiian Style Cafe.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is full on diner style cooking with plates heaped full o’ food!!!  They are famous for their plate of kahlua hash, two eggs + fried rice – which is what Jeff devoured.  Perfect hangover food!!!  Just what the doctor ordered!!!  

 

 

 

Note:  good thing I did my calisthenics this morning because I am starting to get C-H-U-B-B-Y.

I didn’t really take many pictures of Waimea because we plan to be back for the Paniolo Parade on Saturday!  I can’t wait!!!  I love a parade!!!!!

 

If it looks like all we do is eat, well it’s true.  We drove east towards the little town of Honoka’a to Tex’s Drive In.  Home of the fresh out of the fryer malasada!!!  Hot, doughy, sugar coated Portuguese heaven!!! I took a picture like this last year in front of Tex’s when I came with my dad.            

 

 

 

You can get malasadas cream, fruit filled, or plain.  I prefer the pure, unadulterated plain malasada.  They are really hot + fresh, like pillows!!!  http://www.yelp.com/biz/tex-drive-in-honokaa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We drove north west to the artist community of Hawi.  Jeff took the Kohala Mountain Road which was windy + rose up high in elevation, making me very nervous + manic due to Jeff’s erratic driving!!!!  Thus, no scenic view shots because Jeff was enjoying that while driving, as I was in panic mode keeping my eyes on the road from the passenger seat because somebody else wasn’t!!!!

 

We slowly meandered around tiny Hawi, browsing the art galleries.  Happy hour at historic Bamboo restaurant + gallery.  

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Sorry for the non scenic photos today.  We are a little worse for the wear.  It’s Flashdance that really put us over the edge.

 

 

On our way home to Puako Fantasy (our glamorous rental home), we stopped for a refreshing swim at Hapuna Beach, which is the most pristine + swimmable sand beach in the state.  

Deep thoughts…..

 

 

 

 

Yesterday + today were our first real days of relaxation since being in Hawaii.  Hard to believe, I know – but with the wedding + our neurotic, hyperactive personalities we’ve been on the go so much!!!  Now that we have our Puako Fantasy home, we are really going to stay put + take advantage of it for the rest of our amazing stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s my tiny little head swimming in the ocean + this wiry old chappie who was running lap after lap along the beach REALLY fast + spry!!!  Stud!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another muscle competition pose by yours truly.

 

 

Wish you were all here.

Puako Fantasy

Yesterday, do you all recall the drama we encountered with tractors + jackhammers right next to our Puako honeymoon rental?  Well, after I called the rental management company leaving three very angry messages, the care taker who resides in the main house below came to sheepishly explain to me that even she was surprised by the construction this morning, as well.  Verrrry suspect, considering it appeared that the work looked like it had been going on for quite a while.  I asked her to get the scoop on how many days they planned to be working because I couldn’t deal with the noise because I come from downtown los angeles, yo + I do not need to be listening to generators + trucks backing up all day!!!  I do not!!!!!  When she returned, she said they were re-building the sea wall + would be working for the rest of the week.  OH HELL NO!!!!!!  I called rental management + asked them if we had other options.  While I was angrily negotiating + hopping mad, here’s what Jeff was doing:  

 

 

Enjoying a snack, y’all!!!  He let’s me be bad cop because he knows I can be as mean as a hornet when I get fired up.  I see how it is…

 

 

 

Guess what, folks?!  They moved us into a house down the road – A HOUSE!!!!!!  We went from a studio TO A HOUSE!!!!  AND they gave it to us for the SAME PRICE as the studio!!!!!  A $510 a night house for $225 a night!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granted, the studio was full of character + super charming, but it was small – I had to shuffle things around to prep dinner + had little buggies hanging around.  But, this house had a stove!!!!  Washer + dryer!!!  Dishwasher + tons of counter space!!!  I felt like a housewife fromthe 50’s.  Being a lady of modernity, I was seduced!!!!

Shiny!!!  Bright!!!  Sparkly!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Also, there was a mezuzah on the doorframe, so we knew we were in the right place.  For all not in the know, the mezuzah contains a parchment inscribed with specific Hebrew verses from the Torah.   My mom will be so happy to hear about this!  Shalom!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wraparound windows in the living room!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our backyard!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection in the window from the porch.

 

 

 

The master bedroom with retro phone + Hawaiian quilt bedding!!!  Love it!!!!!!  By the way, I’m really not talking on the phone in this picture.  I just like to pretend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s kind of funny, because when we first got to the house, we noticed construction going on next door on a new home.  I was going to flip.  But Jeff talked to the guys + they were just building a deck.  I can deal with some hammering + sawing over a jack hammer any day!  The houses are far enough away that I don’t even hear them from the porch!!!  Score!!!!  Also, this is turtle central!!!!  It is like a turtle cafeteria in our backyard!!!  They are muncha-crunching out there, we swam alongside them + you can see their little heads surfacing the water all the live long day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like this cutie-patootie’s sleeping style!!!  Snoozel noodle!!!

 

 

 

 

 

This adolescent is like, “Peace out, you old folks keep napping!!!  I gotta motor!!!”  Action Jackson over here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whoopeee!!!!!  Wild card!!!  Black sheep!!!  The rebel, as they say!!!!!                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up the coast, Kohala’s ritzy, cha-cha-cha resort hotels.  Oh, rather!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s just say we spent the rest of our day enjoying the house to da max.  After moving in + moving out of the old digs, we just wanted to straight up chill.  If chill means doing 3 loads of laundry.  That night, bartender Jeff blended some cocktails + fired up the 2 grills.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a romantic!!!  Jeff insisted on traveling with the tealights we had recieved for the wedding from the Catlows + meticulously lights them every night!  He’s a better man than I!!!  Oh, wait that didn’t sound right….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We blasted the radio + had a dance party in the living room!  When Flashdance’s, “She’s a Maniac” came on, we tore it up!!!!  We got so psyched, Jeff found a youtube clip – in german + we kept on dancin’!!!!!!!

Ja!!!Es ist so gut!!!!  Enjoy!!!

Drama fo’ yo’ Mama

Every day has been full of surprises, let me tell ya.  Quick recap.  Monday was a realatively mellow day hanging around the small towns of Captain Cook.  Our view from Manago hotel room:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History buffs rejoice – the Kona Historical Society Museum is well worth the visit!!!  It is set up at the foundation + the general store of the Greenwell family.  Henry Nicholas Greenwell was an English entrepreneur who came to Kona + is known to have established Kona coffee into what it is today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our tour was conducted by a very, very interesting + knowledgeable educator + guide, Ann.  She hung out in San Francisco in the 60’s, then moved to San Diego + has been on the Big Island for 14 years.  Groovy, man!  Inside the general store, we did an interactive tour of what it would have been like to shop in the store in those days.

Here’s Ann in her period costume.  Isn’t she cute?!  She had so much information about the land, the Greenwells + Hawaiian history that at the end of the tour, she became my hero + when I grow up, I want to be like her.                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We returned to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau for sunset.  Jeff went snorkeling, but I was cranky + cold so I opted out.  Jeff said it was the best snorkeling he had done so far – turtles, large colorful fish, large coral!  Yeah, I missed out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we left, we decided that Tuesday morning we were going to wake up early, come back to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau to go snorkeling before heading up north to Puako.  Well, that morning when we got to the car, guess what we found!!!!!

 

 

 

Jeff was flailing his arms, yelling, “SHELLI!!!  WHAT THE, WHAT THE, LOOK!!!! GO GET SOMEONE!!!!!”.  When he gets really spazzy, I become reeeealllly calm.  From what we remembered last night, there was a blue Ford parked next to us.  The moron was still in the parking lot!!!  There were blue scratches on our car, silver paint on his rear bumper – Jeff took measurements like a real detective.  The owner + Manago heir, Dwight helped us out so much, we called the cops, had witnesses who heard the loud crunch at night – we had it in the bag!!!!!  After running the license plate #, Dwight awoke the perpetrator who confessed to his crime.  He was a really nice guy who had Tlingit tattoo art all over his face + dreads.  To each his own.  Here’s the three guys working it out.  The cop was Dwight’s cousin.  Small island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went to Kona Airport to switch out cars which was a pain in the butt.  No snorkeling for us!!!!  We were so upset by the morning’s drama that what did we do???  Thrift!!!!  We encountered an AMAZING consignment shop near Costco called Sandra’s Consignment.  We made out like bandits!!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OMG!!!  I almost forgot!  We drove down the marina, checking out all the fishing boats + as we were driving we spotted a HUMONGOID blue marlin hanging!!!!  It was so huge, I thought it was a fake – like the Jaws hanging at Universal Studios!!!!  We parked the car + RAN down with our cameras like crazy journalists!!!!  This thing was 850 pounds + took the guys 45 min to wrestle!!!  It reminded me of my dear old grandpa that I used to fish with, so I was really excited, out of nostalgia – but I kept asking this lady, “Isn’t marlin fishing illegal???  Wouldn’t you think this marlin is pretty old for it’s size?”.  She kept shrugging her shoulders + saying it was legal in resort towns.  Hmmmmm.  Well, my research shows that blue marlin stocks are low + most recreational fishermen/women do a catch + release.  So, it made me sad looking at this gorgeous, large dead creature who was probably so happy + majestic swimming around.  I’m not going to post any close up pictures of it now because I’m super bummed out.

 

 

 

 

Okay, are you ready for some more drama!!!!?????  We drove north to Puako to the rental house that we are to stay in for the duration of our honeymoon.  We arrived at night + it is my 70’s dream house with lots of wood, blue tile + wrap around porch!!!  This morning we awoke to the sound of the ocean right in front of the porch.  Guess, what?!  Around 8:30am this morning as I was writing this blog, we were unhappy to discover that there is construction going on right next door!!!!  Generators, tractor, jack hammer – AAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!!!  We are SO PISSED!!!!!!  Can you believe it?!  If you knew there was construction happening, why would you rent out the house?!  I called the rental company stat!!!!  I asked to be moved to another house or be compensated – they are going to call me back, so stay tuned………

South Point is Serious

I’ve made an executive decision to abbreviate yesterday’s volcanic activities.  There’s too much to post.  Let’s just say we encountered a group of people + the women + girls were all dressed in full length dresses + bonnets.  I saw the father/husband/elder + one of the girls at the Hilo Salvation Army.  Jeff + I assumed the girl was just a Laura Ingalls Wilder fanatic.  But there was a whole group of them!  Cult alert!!!!  Jeff distracted the father/husband/elder by talking to him about “getting back to the land” + took a covert picture.  I couldn’t even go near the father/husband/elder because he creeped me out so much + he was wearing dirty 70’s Lee jeans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we drove down to the coast.

Yiiiiiikes!!!!  The waves were POUNDING!!!!  And the cliff edge was on the precipice of collapse!!!   Those waves were POUNDING ON THE CLIFFS!!!!  Oh, by the way, do you like my Sporty Spice outfit?

 

 

 

 

Did I say, “Yiiiiikes!!!!”????

 

 

After my fright of crumbling off a unstable cliff into the unrelenting sea, we walked down to the ancient petroglyphs.  It was dusk when we arrived at the petroglyphs + it was really serene to be there under the full moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, we headed out of Volcano Village heading south-west towards the west coast of the Big Island.  Our first stop was Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.  Honestly, I was not the impressed, except for the large turtles that like to bask on the sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuties!!!!!!    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a sign clearly stating + illustrating for tourists to stay 15 feet away from the turtles.  On the way back from the bathroom we saw some dumb ass tourists posing RIGHT NEXT TO THE TURTLES!!!!  I was enraged!!!!!!  I screamed, “Hey!!!  Hey!!!  Do you see this sign (as I pointed to it)???!!!  15 feet away!!!”  Jeff had to take me away.  The poor, harassed turtles.  We met a couple local haoles on Punalu’u + they told us about a beach that is not on the map + is the perfect spot to see as far as the eye can see.  I’m not going to divulge secret info on a blog but they said, “When you pass XXXXX, you’ll see some XXXXXX, and that’s when you’ll make a XXXXXX.  It’s one of the best surf spots on the island.  There is a man named Uncle Abel who is a Hawaiian institution + he’ll show you the way.”  Sure enough, we got to the XXXXX + we saw 3 men chilling – I was nervous, but Jeff is friendly + confident in that way.  We ended up hanging out with Uncle Abel, Uncle Joe + his son, drinking beers + talking story.  Uncle Abel has been on his land for generations.  The government has been trying to kick him off his land for decades + it is a constant battle for him.  He was so wise, warm, kind, generous + spiritual.  Here’s the bruddahs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to sign a petition to help Uncle Abel in his cause, here is the link:  http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/freekawaafreehawaii 

 

 

 

 

 

The road to the beach:

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect black sand beach.  Punalu’u couldn’t even compare with it’s pristine coastline. We gave Uncle Abel a hug goodbye + kept on truckin’ towards Captain Cook – our final destination for the next couple of days.

 

 

 

 

 

It was verging on sunset so we headed towards Pu’uhonau o Honaunau, the place of refuge.  Those who broke the ancient law or kapu would avoid punishment or execution by swimming shark infested seas to the Pu’uhonau o Honaunau + their wrongful deeds would be absolved.          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here was a lady trying to balance her chi or something:

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onwards to my home away from home!!!  The Manago Hotel!!! My dad + I discovered it last year during my search for good butterfish at a restaurant.  The Manago was founded in 1917 by a Japanese-Hawaiian family.  A friend of mine from Hawaii was freaked out that I stayed there, stating locals know not to stay at the Manago becauase it’s infamous for being haunted, considering it was built on plantation land.  Last year I rented a single, shared bathroom + granted, I was a little creeped out without even the knowledge that the place was haunted.  Nevertheless!!!!  I love the Manago!!!  And I knew Jeff would too!!!  Their restaurant is homey + comfort food style!!!!  I specially reserved the only Japanese tatami room they had + it is SO worth it!!!  The gal at the front desk remembered me from last year – so in!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily, the restaurant was open for another 15min.  We had their famous porkchops.  I’ve been dying for these porkchops for a year!!!  I don’t know what it is, because they are a little chewy + the onions are slightly crunchy, but there’s something about these chops that are off the chain!!!!   Always the yummy side dishes first that you have to dig into!!!!    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pork choooooooops!!!!  The best dinner so far!!!  It was so darn good, you didn’t hear a peep from us during the entire meal!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sake carafes from the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

This place is so old-school.     Doll from TV room. Did I tell you this place is creepy, or what?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Japanese furo in our bathroom.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eff changed into his jinbei that my mom bought for him last summer in Japan for a staged photo shoot.  Voila.  Our room. The only Japanese style in the hotel.

 

 

It’s so amazing!!!  It makes me feel like I’m in my grandpa’s house in Saitama-ken, Tsurugashima!!!!  My mom would be so happy!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff sitting next to the game of Go, an old Japanese strategy game.

 

 

Well, Jeff + I had a lot of strange adventures today.  But I didn’t want to forget the 10th anniversary of September 11th.  Please say a prayer for all of the families + friends that lost loved ones during the horrible tradgedy.

Japanese Breakfast + Lots of Volcanic Activity

Yesterday we started the day at the Cooper Center.  We saw this sign the other day + new we had to make a cameo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were our people, yo!!!  I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing, but we hung out, talked story, bought honey + looked at lots of weird stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guy selling honey told longer stories than Jeff, but his Japanese wife made us the yummiest Japanese breakfast!  Suggoku oishikatta!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out those prices!!!!  Bomb!!!!

 

 

 

There were so many local characters there.  It was such a tight community. I loved it.  Here’s the lady with her pet turtle, who I was told is the swap meet mascot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was off to hike the Kilauea Iki Crater!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, is a path through lush rain forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful, but invasive Kahili ginger. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lehua blossom.  In Hawaiian folklore they represent tears from heaven for separated lovers everywhere.  Sigh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, we descended in to the crater itself.  Land of the Lost, y’all!!!! This is Pu’u Pua’i, the vent of the crater.  Here’s me in front of it doing my muscle competition pose.  Because that’s how volcanic craters make me feel.  Power!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Descending into the vent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing, hearty new life growing in the lava.  Jeff the explorer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fruity Pebbles lava.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steam vents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading out.

 

 

 

Next was the Maunu Ulu trail which is one of the longest known rift zone eruptions of Kilauea.  Fascinating!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like mother of pearl!!!  Gorgeous!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Out of this world!!!!  Dy-no-mite!!!

 

 

 

This is when I screamed, “Frodo!!!!  Sam!!!”!!!  I said, “Hey Jeff, remember in Lord of the Rings when Sam + Frodo were escaping the fires of Mordor + they were surrounded by flowing, red hot lava???”  He replied, “No, I’ve never seen any of those movies.”  I screamed, “Whaaaaaaat????!!!!”  I might have to rethink this marriage.   Well, I’m stopping this blog now because we have to check out + Jeff hasn’t downloaded all the pictures of more volcano fun, so until then!

 

 

 

 

 

“No, Mr. Frodo!!! You must hang on!!!!”

Craters + Spam

Good morning everyone!!!!  I wanted to start out the day by saying thank you to everyone for all the well wishes + congratulations!!!  Jeff + I have been having a hoot of a time!!!

HILO TO VOLCANOES – 9/9/11

On Friday, we departed Hilo.  But not without hitting my fav local plate lunch spot, yo!!!!  Hilo Lunch Shop, yo!!!!!!!  Represent!!!

 

 

Check out Jeff’s shorts courtesy of Hilo Goodwill.  It was hilarious because one of the older aunties working inside saw Jeff walk in + had the most shocked/yet really happy look on her face.  I was so hungry + excited to eat that I was hopping up + down on one leg!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We headed back toward the Hilo Hawaiian for lunch at nearby Coconut Island (Mokuola).  In ancient times it was a place of refuge for law breakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a faboo park!!!  Can you spot Hilo Hawaiian in the background?

 

 

 

Lunch.  Booyah!!!!!!  Plate lunch, bruddah!!!!!  My first spam of the whole trip!  Blasphemy!!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, we had to pay our respects to King Kamehameha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, we busted outta there when we saw the big white van of Japanese tourists swarm in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff wanted to give our Hilo Lunch Shop leftovers to someone in need, because that’s the kind of guy he is.  I spotted a fellow, Jeff did the hand off + came back in the car with a piece of photo copied paper.  I wish you could all see it.  It is amazing.  Apparently, his name is Ralph Sal Biscalgia + he is determined to correct the U.S.A. english language because the way a person speaks or writes affects their blood pressure + temper.  There’s calculations + he says, “300000 dollar prize for someone who can get me a Nobel Peace Prize”.  Incredible!!!

Anyway, we drove towards Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for around 45 min.  It’s cold + misty up there, y’all – bring your windbreakers + pants!!!  Here is me looking sexxxy at Kilauea crater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was quickly becoming dusk, so we headed towards the Thurston Lava Tube.  Creepy!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was really cold, so I decided to add my fancy Twelth St. by Cynthia Vincent sweater.  I just ended up looking like a crazy, bag lady that happened to wander into a lava tube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off to view Halema’uma’u Crater in all it’s night time glory!!!  This is Jeff’s pic with his profesheeonal camera.  Beauty!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so bushed + we went to Kiawe Kitchen for dinner.  Note to travelers:  if you’re traveling at volcano – rent a place with a kitchenette + make your dinner, or heat up a frozen pizza!!!  We had to wait outside in the cold, got yelled at by big old mama hen (actually she was young but still big) + service was inefficient.  They sort of redeemed themselves with the wood fired pizza.  Don’t go unless you liked to be berated for wanting to eat.  Luckily, I used my Los Angeles street savvy + my Chinese restaurant “madly waving hand” technique to get service.  It worked because we were served faster than some poor suckers who were seated before us.  Oh yeah.

Commence Honeymoooon!!!!!

Hi!!!!!  Yesterday morning we packed our little butts off at the Anini house.  I’m going to miss the family so much!!!!  I mean, is this irresistable or what?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We rushed to Lihue Airport like bats out of hell.  We didn’t make our flight, we were put on stand by + ran to the gate + prayed.  We made it + were the last 2 on the plane!  Of course I didn’t take any pics because I thought Jeff was going to burst a spleen.  Here is our stop over in Honolulu Airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a tricky picture I took of the line of Japanese tourists waiting to get on the plane.  They were READY, y’all!!!  Tickets + passports out, y’all!!!  That’s the way we do it!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We arrived in Hilo + checked into our hotel the Hilo Hawaiian.  I knew Jeff would love it because it is funky + old school.  This is the view from our balcony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnum!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilo Farmers Market – hang loose, granny!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will you be surprised when I tell you my dear readers, that we went to two thrift stores?  You’re all aghast, I know.  But it is a triumph when I convince Jeff that leaving a thrift store with only one gem + not 12 so-so items is a success. I found some sweet vintage muumuus, y’all!!!  Check out the hot lady behind the counter in the purple bikini.  Very Hilo.  Hilo has alot of rough characters.  Jeff was surprised by all the tattoos + thug like bruddahs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner at Ocean Sushi Deli.  My family has been going there for many trips.  It is relatively cheap + very local.  They have never let me down before, but I wasn’t as impressed this time around.  Still a really fun place to be, though!!!  I still recommend!!!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ocean-sushi-deli-hilo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I am irritable + impatient at Jeff who took my camera to adjust the white balance + ISO or somethinglikethat.  I didn’t realize he was taking a picture of me. We were both tired + crank, y’all!!!  Thus, the lack of good photos yesterday.  Oh hey – but check out the cranky couple behind me!!!  Classic!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, it was back to the Hilo Hawaiian for early bed!!!!!!  More later!!!!!