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17 July 2017 : to Hawaii            jump to this page > > >
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Up early (5am) and relatively bright, we navigated shuttle, check-in, and TSA without much fuss. Once past the dragons of TSA, we found Kathleen, Michael, and Tallulah MacDonald, also on their way to Kauai. 

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over San Francisco and away...

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Five quick hours later, the islands hove up out of the cloud, and then the plane wheeled into final approach to LIH. Out our window, Nawiliwili and the rugged southeast coast of Kauai appeared.

We got our bags, our car, and wandered around looking (first) for a supermarket, and then something for lunch; found 'em both ... and then north just a few miles to Kauai Beach Inn. We were able to check in early. Hot and sweaty, we were glad to shed traveling clothes and meet up with Chad and his ladies at the sand pool. Sorry, no pictures: no camera, just hangin' out with the girls in the warm shallow water.

1 August 2017 : Manini Beach            jump to this page > > >
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Awoke too early, buzzing about a travel day; packed and ready to go half an hour ahead of plan the rest of the day was easy: a leisurely Stromboli (delicious bread stuffed with egg, potatoes, and, I think, Laulau (taro leaves), the what passes for rush hour on Kauai, gas up across from the sadly defunct Hanamaulu Cafe and Teahouse, tussle with TSA, and the the Island Show.

We saw 'em all: Oahu, featuring Waikiki Beach (as close as I want to get!), Kaluapapa where my great-Auntie Helen was Big Nurse for decades, Maui's Haleakala above the clouds ... and then we were wheels down on the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii.


Kailua-Kona is rapidly Honolulu-izing itself -- we have noticed this happening each time we return. Now the necrosis has extended well up Hualalai, almost to Keahole Airport, and up toward Captain Cook as far as Holualoa. 

4 August 2017 : Above Kamuela            jump to this page > > >
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North from Hilo along the Hamakua Coast. For a short stretch we were able to travel on the old Mamalahoa Highway, the original road from Hilo to what was then called Waimea, the seat of the Parker Ranch and our day's destination -- well, close.

We had time to take the side trip to the Waipio Valley overlook, another sentimental destination. Many years ago, we walked down the steep 4-wheel drive track to the valley with our packs on, and stayed overnight at Tom Araki's motel -- sadly no longer extant.

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