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North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo July 15th 2006

Underway on the USCGC WALNUT My short fly by to check on the house in Alexandria and the fam in California done, it was on to Hawaii. So what did I do in the first few days after I was out of the Coast Guard? Well I was out on the 1st of July, swore in to the Reserves on the 7th of July and flew out to Hawaii for a week underway with Meg on the WALNUT on the 15th of July. So much for flying solo. It was great to see Meg and get underway again. I hadn't seen Meg since her and Bob's wedding so we had lots to catch up on. The house she and Bob have is even better than the last, no pool but instead of one deck overlooking the ... read more
View from the trail

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo July 14th 2006

At some point during the week the idea of seeing a volcano became compelling. I suppose it’s that living against a ridgeline of volcanic rock gives one a new appreciation for lava. We have weekends off, so I flew over to the Big Island, staying in a Bed and Breakfast in the town of Volcano (!!), outside Hawaii Volcano National Park. While part of Kiluea is very active, it’s mostly active underground. After dark, however, you can see lava glowing in the distance. Nearby they’ve left the lava flow from 2003 to harden across the road, which does bring the whole reality of volcanic activity home. Aside from going to see the lava flows, the park offers a road around the Kilauea Caldera, for an up close look -- or as up close as I want ... read more
Kehena Beach

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona July 13th 2006

On Saturday the 8th of July we had a pretty quiet day. After breakfast at our hotel (whilst watching dolphins swim by) we headed into the main part of Kona looking for an internet cafe. We were greeted by some friendly locals asking if we wanted to buy any herb however we politely declined. Upon asking where an internet cafe was we were asked where we were from. After responding Australia, we were asked, much to Shane's disbelief 'Where is that?'. After a relaxing afternoon by the pool we headed to Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co for dinner, a restaurant based on the movie 'Forrest Gump'. The food was delicious and we even got to take a bit home for a snack the following day. On Sunday the 9th of July we went on what felt the ... read more
Popcorn Shrimp at Bubba Gump's
Shane Gump
Kilauea Crater

North America » United States » Hawaii July 11th 2006

Hawaii Alias Air Mother We boarded the ship ‘Pride of Aloha’ on 25th February 2006 and sailed the same day from Maui Alias Mawshi (Maternal Aunt) towards Kaui alias Kaku -Ai (Paternal aunt). Lahanai (Younger Mother) and Molokai (Elder Mother ) were left on our wake. I have always felt a kinship towards the Polynesian. No, not ALL Polynesians, but only the ‘good’ ones. There were Polynesians, who were cannibals. There were Polynesians who regarded shrunken heads of their enemies as highly desirable trophies to decorate their homes with and there were Polynesians who were plain vanilla pirates. I do not feel any kinship with them, but I do feel a kinship when I come across any Polynesian word, which clearly has Sanskrit roots, and there are so many of them. The names of the islands ... read more
Kauai waterfall
Kauai Blowhole

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu July 9th 2006

Travel to Hawaii was uneventful - thank goodness. Made it to the university, which is beautiful, with flowers everywhere -- on trees, on hedges ... and adorning the check-in desk! Despite the promise of a suite, the room was hotel basic: bed, desk, TV and little refrigerator. But the view of Manoa Heights from my window is something a person could not find anywhere else. So no complaining. Meetings began the next day. This is a rather high-powered group. Almost everyone has already been to China, and many have been on one or another Silk Road trip. Perhaps a third are Chinese or can use Chinese - and Khazak, Mongolian, or Uzbek! -- as research languages. Indeed, most of the group does research on some part of the Silk Road. In retrospect, this teaching institute turned ... read more


North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu July 9th 2006

So what’s been happening in Hawaii since I last updated. Well it was my birthday on the 27th June….So many people remembered lots of sarcasm here! Hey but I am not bitter I had a great day diving that day. Went diving off Waikiki with two students and certified them which was cool did there whole course so was real nice and fun to teach here shame it’s only been a couple of students. The Waikiki waters were cold compared to Thailand but the vis and marine life were pretty good but not as I expected it to be in such a place but I guess the built up area of Waikiki and the pollution takes it toll. Canada Day was upon us on the 1st July I am totally oblivious to what historical significance this ... read more
The Washout
Diamond Head and Waikiki

Well....... where were we? The day after visiting Pearl Harbour we woke up early and headed for the $2.25 breakkie again. Afterwards we went to Thrifty to collect our hire car. For some reason the booking was not there but we managed to still organise a car for the next two days. Ouch..... it cost US$150 for 2 days (they slugged us with the insurance). Chris went to the wrong side of the car to get in (which Shane thought was hillarious) but we eventually made it onto the main road. Gee what an experience, sitting on the opposite side of the car and the road compared to what we were used to. We headed out to what the guy at the hire car company said was the 'bad side' of the island. Chris managed to ... read more
Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach
Shrimp Shack

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu July 5th 2006

Back Home miss Portugal and Spain but how nice to be back with my family and furry friends! My own bed!! Familiar everything is awesome and yet boring how ironic! The challenge of finding a balance was wonderful and at the same time appreciating what you have is a blessing!! I appreciate my blessing and want more traveling bad person I'm not sure. It's nice to be embraced and welcomed to a home base I think I'm a hopeless vagabon traveler though. I miss my new extended familia! ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu July 5th 2006

Yesterday, being the 4th of July, there is a small town on the island of Oahu that annually holds an Independepence Day Parade. I marched in it once about 15 years ago, but haven't been back to see it since. The smallish town of Kailua, is known mostly for it's 2 beautiful beaches, Lanikai and Kailua. It's a bedroom community, with very little frills in the way of nightlife, places of interestes, architecture, etc. so it's been about 5 years since I've been there. There are some good restraunts there, I've heard, but nothing I would travel 45 minutes to experience. Lately, I've been hearing Tourists are renting cabins or staying at bed and breakfastes there, but I would think with the lack of amenities, that I mentioned earlier, they would be heavily dissappointed. However, many ... read more
Honest Abe.
Super Pink Shower Tree.

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki July 3rd 2006

We woke up at the crack of dawn on Monday 3 July 2006 and Shane's parents kindly drove us to the airport. After the usual tears, photos and hugs Shane insisted we head to customs and leave home behind us... Christine was body searched at customs (haha just kidding), but was really fortunate when they didn't drag her off for a body cavity search after finding suspicious looking scissors in her hand luggage! After Chris was tested for 'explosives' (and Shane thinking who is this girl) we headed towards gate 51 to await our flight to Honolulu. Christine finally built up enough courage to visit the 'lavatory' only to walk in on a gruff American guy doing his business. After going red and having a quick peek, Chris eventually closed the door and the American felt ... read more
Waikiki and Honolulu from Diamond Head
Shane and the snowcone
Chris and breakkie

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