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We packed up and said goodbye to our mosquitoes, and grumbled a little at the fellow who will make an appearance here after dinner for his failure to keep up with their abatement...

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Rochelle greeted me with this wonderful card this morning. Happy 73rd birthday to me. I thought to avoid email today, but the email greetings were welcome. Certainly, no FaceBook today (or this trip, or maybe August...

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I started out labeling these entries Above Kamuela, but I realized that when I called the town that name, old timers gave me stink eye. It's a sort of Burma / Myanmar thing; too many Waimeas, so the Post Office people high handedly renamed this one Kamuela...

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lead image for this date7 August 2017 :

This was the most exciting thing about today: a Pueo sighting. This sweet little endangered owl is the only Hawaiian representative of the owlish clan (Strix or more completely Asio flammeus sandwichensis...


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1st per in:|th their abatement. We both got bitten pretty badly, and are happy to have moved along to a cottage on a ranch 3,000 feet up the North Kohala mountains, with an amazing view ... but I'm getting ahead of the story. You'll see more about Maile's Cottage starting below.   I have been trying to get a good picture of these showy fellows since we got to Hawaii. We had 'em in Kauai, and here's one again on the wall of our Bali Cottage. I also have a good close-up of the gecko's tail and hind legs that I want to put in here, but for reason beyond my comprehension I am no longer able to put insets into code. Maybe it's my crappy internet? Sorry.   We stopped in Na'alehu for a snack from the southernmost bakery in the United States -- this little chunk of Hawaii is the farthest south place in the US.|
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1st per in:|ainly, no FaceBook today (or this trip, or maybe August. Something about FB gives me the creeps. 73 is okay, a prime number, I think; maybe it will be a prime (in the sense of indivisible) year for me. Certainly off to a good start, with none of the usual prefatory questioning.      Dinner tonight at Merriman's, once the pride of Waimea, but now he's submitted to the lure of Maui and has places there and in Poipu. Can a good owner/chef restaurant survive this? Maybe we'll know tonight.|
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1st per in:|yanmar thing; too many Waimeas, so the Post Office people high handedly renamed this one Kamuela. The locals don't like it. So: Waimea from now on! This end of the Big Island is self-consciously the birthplace of Hawaii's great unifier, that handsome dude there on the right, Kamehameha the First. He was actually born in the little town we drove to first today, Kapa'au, along the gorgeously green and rounded ancient pu'us (small hills) of the Kohala mountains -- see below for a view across a particularly sensuous pu'u to Maui across the Alenuihaha Channel. Friends once told me the haha part is because if you start across in a boat, you best start studying Japanese, because that's where you end up. Thinking about that -- the difficulty of the inter-island waters, the fractiousness of the natives, even on a single island like this one -- it's amazing that this fellow, no matter how much mana or charisma, could be in enough places in a short enough time to unite the islands. 2,500 miles from the nearest anywhere (Point Arena is actually the closest) it's impressive that he founded a stable nation before discovery times. Because he was born before the euro way of counting years came here, we can only guess he was born about 1753 and lived about 67 years -- long time for such a warrior -- until 1819. This statue was made in 1820, but lost at sea on its way to Honolulu, so another was made for the royal palace. Then this one got salvaged, and brought to his birthplace, where it belongs.|
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1st per in:|x or more completely Asio flammeus sandwichensis.) How did this little beggar ever end up here? There are records of him (and her) going back to the arrival times, when the Polynesian canoes came, and the Pueo was invested with great mana and was recognized even then as rare. I have seen precisely one other Pueo in my visits to Hawaii, also on the Big Island, on the Saddle Road from Waimea to Hilo between the two Maunas. She (or he) was perched on the telephone line beside the road as we returned home from lunch. I turned around well up the road and snuck back, parked well away, rolled down my window, and took this picture. Luckily, for when I opened the door to try to get closer (and on the better lighted side) she flew.|
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