So, I am trying to catch the wireless connection here to send the pictures of work on Friday
. We went to Haʻena (otherwise known as the
"Shipman Beach" after the prominent family who owns the land adjacent to
the beach). I seriously am wondering if they have any teen/young adult
sons who would be interested in dating my girls after this
trip....okay, not seriously, but wow! They did a good job of keeping
their lands in the family and keeping it involved in agriculture. And
the "beach house" the family keeps for its use is AMAZING. I could live
there quite happily, thank you very much. The beach is almost as nice
as Kailua, where I grew up, and that is saying a whole heck of a lot.
beach is actually accessible to the public with a hike from a parking
lot (new, thanks to the generous Shipman family), so I have a plan for
the weekend. Several of my co-workers jumped in and swam - some of them
in clothes. I wasn't that brave (white tank top - not a good idea),
but it was so great. I love that my boss wants to furnish us with a
sense of place, and I love that the place is so beautiful. Puna is kind
of looked down on these days, and to be honest, for good reason - it is
quite cheap and so you get people who are trying to make it and people
who are barely hanging on, and those latter sometimes make very bad
choices for themselves, and sadly, their keiki. But, today, I learned
that Puna is quite significant in both ancient and modern Hawaii - and I
refreshed my memory that there IS a great beach here. We were spoiled
on Oahu and this young island has beautiful but rocky beaches - but here
is one with a healthy reef and lots of Uhu fish to make sand.
is a very large fish pond and makaha (where the freshwater joins the
ocean) which is well kept and beautiful, and the hala trees are
abundant. I took pictures of the beach, and like I said, I am hoping to
upload them soon. Ah, here's the connection....and here are the
The makaha - where the fresh water flows into the ocean. The family member told us 75 million gallons flow through here every day. Wow!
This is a hala tree. The lauhala (leaves) are woven into mats. I've always wanted to learn, but the centipedes that love hala are really NOT a favorite of mine.