Aloha! We are currently on a mooring in beautiful Lahaina, Maui. We just sailed in yesterday from La Perouse Bay, where we stopped for two nights after running the Alenuihaha Channel from the windward side of the Big Island. We had a great overnight downwind run through the channel with winds around 20 knots and waves 8-10 feet. We timed it well and the conditions were relatively pleasant compared to the horror stories we have heard about the channel.
We spent about 10 days anchored in rainy Radio Bay, Hilo. We set Ellie’s anchor hard, paid the extortion fees to the government and went in search of a rental car. We found a good deal from the airport and rented a Town & Country minivan. All the seats fold into the floor so we took some cushions and mattress pads out of the boat and turned the back of that van into a little camper! We spent an awesome week circumnavigating the Big Island counter-clockwise. We spent way too much money on good food and good times but it was a great way to see the amazing sites, soak in the natural beauty of the island, unwind and reacquaint ourselves with life in the good ol’ US of A.
Here are some pics from the road trip:
Our attempt to camouflage the van while parked down a dead-end dirt road in Kohala. Didn’t work because a local stopped and stared intently for 5 minutes before figuring out it was just a couple cheap white tourists boondockin’ it…
Hike to Kamehameha birthsite and the eerie Mookini Heiau
Mookini Heiau. The flat rock is where they sacrificed 10’s of thousands of Hawaiians as offerings to the gods or because they violated a Kapu (taboo). A lot of blood was shed here.
Inside the walls of Mookini Heiau
The grounds of Mookini Heiau
Minivan glamour shot
Exploring a 600 year-old native fishing village on the NW side of the island
Pu’ukohala Heiau in the background. Kamehameha the Great built this (OK thousands of Hawaiians built this) amazing structure to appease the Gods and allow Kamehameha to conquer and unite the entire island chain. They sacrificed people throughout the building just for good measure.
We took a grueling hike down hot lava fields to visit and pay homage to the Captain Cook memorial on the shore of Kealakekua Bay. It was here that the great explorer and circumnavigator was hit in the head with a club and then stabbed to death by the Hawaiians after a misdeed by one of his men led to retaliation.
Volcanoes National Park. That is the active vent on Kiluea. It is currently erupting lava and flowing down on the edge of Pahoa Village. Unfortunately the Nanny State won’t let people near the flow. Thank God we have the State to protect us from ourselves. What a shame that we could not see the lava up close.