First we took a walk around the neighborhood. Some of the lots are about ¼ acre and some homes have warm ponds from thermal activity (warm rocks, not lava) below. We saw a family at in their warm pond. Very cool! Some of the lots are acres with fences and gates.
The museum was excellent. It’s a perfect first stop if you have never been to
There was also a special exhibit on a turn-of-century Korean house in a rural area. It started with a great video about the kids who live in
We watched a very moving video of the lava flow of 1990 which took the town of
I asked the museum guide about the weather in
We walked down towards the waterfront where so many were killed in the 1960 tsunami. Now it’s a park. We ate at a Thai restaurant and walked through a farmer’s market where we tried a Hawaiian apple (pretty good), passion fruit (very seedy and tart like a lemon), and an apple banana (a banana taste with a hint of apple-very good!).
Here’s a typical house in the
We spent some time posting the last blog at a McDonald’s. (It rained while we were there.)
Day 7, Friday, Nov. 9.
You’ve seen Falling Rocks signs but here is a Falling Branches sign within an albizia tree tunnel.
It was very exciting for me to see 6 apapane (red bird) in the park. They like the ohia trees with the red blossoms so they’re not easy to spot unless they move.
We arrived at the
After lunch we saw a living history presentation by Dr. Thomas Jaggar whose name is on the museum. We went into his actual first lab at the edge of
The sun was coming out and we finally said goodbye to the park and headed home to change into our suits, grab our snorkel gear and head to the Kapoho Tidepools a few minutes from us. These pools were formed by the 1984 lava flow. There was lots of coral, mostly flat, and one cool blue coral we’ve never seen. There was also lots of fish. They’re great safe places for the fish. The sun was still shining brightly but the water was a little cool, probably about 76-77 since it’s been so cool and rainy.
Next stop was
Day 8, Saturday, Nov. 10. We checked out of our apartment and drove through
(We’re using the Ultimate Guidebooks for
Next stop was a food stand called What’s Shakin’. Obviously, a lot of other people knew about it too as there were a few people when we arrived at and they just kept coming. The guide book said they have great smoothies made with frozen fresh fruit. We had a Papaya Paradise with papaya, bananas, coconut, pineapple, and passion fruit. Yum!
As we drove north on Hwy 19 we saw eucalyptus forests on either side. Not sure what they do with the eucalyptus but they've replaced the sugarcane here.
We continued up Hwy 19 to
While we were on the east side of the
In Waimea we stopped at The Parker Ranch. It was started in the early 1800’s and raises beef cows. The last person who owned it (he inherited it from his parents) was stage and film star, Richard Smart. Such different scenery: pasturelands and rolling hills! The east side of Waimea is cooler and gets more rain so it was misting there and cool. By the time we left and were heading west and south it was dry.
Going south to Kailua-Kona we passed by lots more lava flows from both volcanoes on that side:
We drove down in complete sunshine, how nice! And it was over 80 degrees!! Warmth, sunshine and palm trees just make me feel happy. Our timeshare is beautiful, the nicest accommodation yet. Here’s our view on a calm evening. (Other days we had numerous surfers both in the morning and afternoon.)