Post Ana storms obscuring the ocean view.
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and a cool chocolate factory slash coffee shop slash hot sauce store in Kainaliu.
Kua Bay, HI. One of the few white sand beaches on the big island. Most beaches here are black sand, and one beach near the southern tip is even black and green sand. Crystal clear bath temperature water and a light consistent breeze make it difficult to leave. I happened to run into a fellow volunteer at the beach which enabled me to share outloud my “is this real?” questions.
A few pre-snorkel and pre-scuba skies.
Boats big and small are fun for all. Shore diving next week and hoping to see some tiger sharks.
Today at 9am I snorkeled with a large pod of spinner dolphins - over a dozen dolphins including many young calves only a few days old - plus a big sea turtle over a meter long. The dolphins stayed down below 15m when we swam but they were squeaking and singing, and they started jumping/spinning out of the water whenever we were on the boat. The sea turtle was in 7m of water, surfaced within a meter of me, hung around for a few minutes then descended to rest under a rock. There were sightings of tiger sharks - one female in the area is 4m long - but they were below 20 meters and showed no interest in ascending to greet us.
I learned a valuable lesson about bringing extra batteries because my fully-charged gopro battery somehow drained itself before I could shoot any underwater video. Instead, here is a video of the current 5pm rainstorm outside my patio.
During lunch today I spotted large spiders (Argiope appensa, commonly known as the Hawaiian Garden Spider or Banana Spider) with numerous, larger spiderwebs (multigenerational communities are abundant), a family of turkeys, a myriad of cats, and avocado, mango and coconut trees. A beautifully patterned green, blue and red gecko jumped onto my arm when I helped take out the trash but it ran off before I could snap a photo, but then I saw his friend by the outdoor sink.
Arrival in Kona, HI. Sunset, an abundance of sizable spiders, and the ocean-themed carvings in my new bed.