Friday, April 01, 2011

The Rest of Hawaii

one third of the world's pineapples are grown in Hawaii #hawaiifactsless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

After the tsunami was a surreal calm. The next day in the hotel lobby there was this:

ALL CLEAR
and people selling t-shirts saying "I survived the tsunami: 3/11/11" (it's the American way, yo!). We got to keep our fifth-floor ocean-view room for another day (suck it, Priceline) and then left the hotel for our next accommodations. Time to downshift for a couple of days; we headed to a hut in the jungle near Hoolawa Bay.

In the hut: no drinking water, no bath, no shower, no crib, no heating, no AC. One 6" centipede.

Outside the hut: ah-ha! The shower (fed from rainwater):

our hawaiian jungle shack has a shower

And so it goes.

From the hut we explored the Hana Highway. It's a whole thing (it's got its own Wikipedia page) but the most spectacular sights aren't especially baby-friendly. Out guidebook suggested 300ft rocky scrambles, 25ft sheer climbs and 100ft swims to see the most amazing waterfalls. With a seven-month-old it's just not going to happen.

But we did the drive, hung out on the beach at Hana Bay, and came back again. It was a great way to end the vacation.

First waterfall we saw on the Hana Highway:

Waterfall
Thick bamboo:
Bamboo
Hana Bay:
Hana Bay
Wendy and Lux:
Wendy and Lux
The Highway itself:
Hana Highway

The rest of the photos are on Flickr.

6 comments:

Migo said...

The hut may be uncomfortable at first. But at least you get some rainwater for a bath.

bathroom tiles

David Huffman said...

After a tsunami, one cannot expect to have a directv for hotels at the lobby. At least there would be water to drink, which is the basic necessity and roof over one's head. After a tsunami, it feels great just to be alive that every challenge that will come ahead can be surpassed without a scratch.

Bethany Morrison said...

I've always wanted to go to Hawaii. Yeah, believe it or not, in my 43 years of existence, I've never been there and I made a vow that within the next 2 years I'll be traveling there too.

-Bethany Morrison

Gwyn Stiles said...

Hawaii is a where you will find one of the most beautiful beaches Bethany! You definitely should go soon. There are a lot of vacation homes you can rent there that are much cheaper than a hotel. Gwyn

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