The reason we had been up at Kilauea in the morning was to rendezvous with some friends of Robin's, James & Carole Manuwa.  We
wanted to show James and Carole our new house but the owner had a girlfriend visiting and didn't want us showing up.  So we went for a
walk to the
New Black Sand Beach.  The old one that used to be famous, got buried in the lava that wiped out Kalapana.  Rumor had it that
a new one was forming so we decided to see.  To get there, we went to the end of our road where a little enclave of local people lived (see
page 22).  There was Verna's, a cinder block little restaurant with seating out in front that was open Hawaiian hours, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  
Also, there was
Uncles' Awa Bar where people gathered in the evenings to drink Awa (Ava) juice and talk story.  There were also little
shops where one guy made wood carvings, another place that had information about the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement.  From there, we
walked (the blue line) to the New Black Sand Beach, a walk of perhaps a mile, mile and a half, over the lava.  The other blue lines that don't
go between Verna's and the Black Sand Beach are from another walk that you will hear about in a little while if you stick with me.
This is James, although with his walking stick, we called him Moses.  He's a die-hard fisherman, as evidenced by his
T-shirt which says, "Old Dudes Know How To Hook Better, Aged to Perfection"
This is Carole.  Carole befriended Robin when Robin was living in Maine many
years ago.  When Robin moved back to Hawaii, Carole followed and took root,
marrying a local guy, James Manuwa.
This is a sovereignty flag, representing
the sovereign state of Hawaii.  It's the
Hawaiian state flag flown upside down.
Uncle's Awa Bar.  See
Hale Noa, The Hawaiian 'Awa Bar
Awa Ethnobotanical Magic
This is The Story Board.  It describes the Sovereign State of Hawaii and the
laws pertaining to it.  The Center partition has pictures of the Kaimu-Kalapana
area before, during, and after the lava flow that killed it.  See
page 22
This is a little shop across from
Uncle's.  I've never seen it open.
It's always a good idea to bring lots of
water when you're walking the lava...
Looking back from whence we came
And, sure enough, by God, we found ourselves a black sand beach!
Heading back for home.  If
you look close, you can see
Robin & Carole.
Looking back toward the Black Sand Beach.  All the coconut trees
you see have been planted by people to replenish the trees that
lined the original black sand beach.  How do you plant a coconut
tree?  Stick a coconut in the sand.  If you look close, you can see
that some of the coconuts are barely in the ground.  They just
grow anyway.
Any ideas what would make this
impression in the lava?  We
haven't a clue.
Photos 1, Page 9
Saturday, March 25
The New Black Sand Beach