Hawaii '05
Journal Notes #1

Hawaii has 137 islands in the chain (19 major islands - 5 of which are well known), 3,700 miles from end to end. At 2,484 miles from the nearest continent, the Hawaiian Island archipelago is the most isolated island system on Earth. (The Big Island is is 93 miles long and 76 miles wide vs. Maine's 320 miles length and 210 miles width).

That's a good start to expressing the feeling of being in this special place, in the middle of the Pacific - staying with the Choy's makes it more special. Their Guest House called "The House of Choy", is very popular among travelers, world wide. We love our "Oriental Rooms". Seven years ago I helped Dick when he was building this and the "Ocean View" room. I am happy  to be back.

Our 6 weeks stay here this year began with a very  remarkable fishing adventure with Dick Choy as the able and renown captain of his "Opai Lolo".

Right off, one notices that there are things about this culture that are more similar to the European and Oceanic ways than we Yankees sort of expect from a U.S. State.

Their folk homage's to the dead are colorful, forthright and unpretentious . They often contain subtle social and political references We found this carefully crafted display complete with Norfolk Pine Christmas tree close to the beach where Captain Cook was killed by the natives in 1779 just down from the Choys in the section of "Captain Cook" or Kealakekua Bay, as the Hawaiians call it.

Here close by is the popular National Park "The City Of Refuge" .This is a picturesque site of lava and coconut palms. There is are recreated structures and and informative displays. We go there often to soak in the sun and surf.
Dick is also rightly famous for his Sunday barbeques, here at the park. It's where he serves his Korean
specialties - created over fires of coconut husks and charcoal.

We love this part of the Big Island. Our last stay in 2002 was on the NW coast at Puako . There, the seaside cottage provided a more conventional "vacation feel" - than here on the SW shore in the tropical Kona Coffee growing region. The 1,500' elevation with its SPECTACULAR views to the south coast down over the steep and tropical foliage are a daily breathtaking treat.
 We are thankful to be here again.

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