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We had a friend, Julie, visiting from New Jersey and Robin and I decided to give her the grand tour of the island.  On the
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau City of Refuge and then up around we went south through Volcano and down around to the
We had a friend, the the
Saddle RoadSaddle Road to give here a view of that part of the island. to give here a view of
that part of the island.
Hamakua Coast and around the island with Julie
May 9 & 12, 2007
Whittington Beach Park.  We've been
here before and have taken pictures
but every time we're at the scenic view
above the park, I take another picture...
This is a White-tailed Tropicbird flying below us.  Tropicbirds are 30-40 inches
long with a 37-44 inch wingspan.  There were actually three of these flying
around.  It's quite a trick capturing a good shot of a swooping bird at full zoom.
At the City of Refuge they have these
all-terrain wheelchairs...
Another look at the Hale o Keawe.  
We've been here
before.
The sea turtles (honu) like to sunbathe
on the beach here at the City of
Refuge.  This beach is where the
royalty, the
Ali'i, would land in their
canoes.
No, I don't think that Robin is calling
him on the phone!  I think she's taking
a picture with her camera phone.
You're not supposed to disturb the
turtles.  They are a protected species
and the oils from human skin can
damage their shells.
The whole time Robin sat there, this
park ranger kept an eye on her and
the turtle.
That's Julie taking pictures of Robin
and her new friend.
Then Julie joined the party.
The ranger came over and told Robin that he thought the turtle wanted to get higher up on the beach but Robin was
sitting in his way...
This stone wall was there to keep the riff-raff
separated from the
ali'i.  There were very
strong taboos (
kapu) in Hawaiian society
about this.  If a commoner so much as trod
the ground that someone of royalty had
walked on - or even if their shadow crossed
their path, they could be killed.  This was one
of the punishments one could escape if they
made it to the City of Refuge.
A couple of Hawaiian dugout canoes
weave mats and baskets with.