|Took another trip in Ray & Ellen's boat. We put in at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau Park and headed north this time (green
line), up to Kealakekua Bay, the place where Captain Cook, the first white discoverer of the Hawaiian Islands, met his
match. Of course, the original discoverers, the Polynesians, who had only been here a thousand years or so, also met
their match. This was the beginning of the end for them...
|Here's another monument, of sorts, to Captain Cook. This is what I call a "tourist barge". It is presumably a sailing
catamaran, not very much different from those that the original Polynesians sailed to get here. This barge, however,
rarely, if ever, sails, and just chugs along on it's fossil fuel engine, dragging a load of people around who bring their
lifestyle with them as they "tour" the Islands. I find this highly discordant with the surroundings.
|As we were taking the boat out of the water at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, one of
the original residents came around. This guy was a little one, maybe two feet in
diameter. As a matter of fact, he is probably one of the few original residents
because almost all the species of plant and animal living on these islands were
brought here by man. These guys came on their own. People aren't allowed to
touch these guys because oils from human skin messes up their shells. Turtle
are called "Honu" in Hawaiian and are considered godlike. I wonder what he
thinks of all this....
|Coming back from Ray & Ellen's,
approaching the crest at Kilauea
there's this sign. I've seen signs that
say "Bump" or "Frost Heaves" but this
looks pretty intimidating. Just exactly
how big are these cracks we're
supposed to watch for?
|Taken at our "phone booth" the other evening
|And our mailboxes and bulletin board.
|Well, that's about it, folks! I've finally caught up to date! I didn't think I would make it! What started out to be a
exploration into putting up a simple web page has grown into a monster. I hope you enjoyed it. I will most certainly be
putting up more as time goes on, especially when I get an underwater camera to get pictures of those dolphins! In the
meantime, live in peace, and remember: You can do it! Whatever it is. And another slogan that I always enjoyed:
nil illegitimi carborundum
(don't let the bastards grind you down)
|Here's Captain Cook's monument.
|Saturday, June 3, 2006
|Saturday, June 12, 2006
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