Monday, July 16, 2018

Leaving Moku o Keawe

We left Kohala about 1 pm even though our plane left Kona about 5 pm. We did a bunch of errands on the way to the airport. We stopped in Waimea to pick up granola for Curtis. This trip there was enough time to enough time to get to Mrs. Barry's Kona Cookies to pick up some omiyage; this is the same flight we took in February and the road work was still going on so I don't really understand why there was no traffic jam.

This morning we did most of our clean up and the run to the transfer station. I also planted out the miniature white anthurium that I had brought from Honolulu; I hope it survives. I also used my walking app and walked as close to the perimeter of the property as I could to get an elevation of the property; it is about 1000 feet, with Maunalani being at about 1100 feet. I also marked the olena so it won't get mowed again and checked on the ilima papa.
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Ilima papa groundcover..

We stopped to visit with Jessie,; it was our first and last visit of this trip. Since it was so short we had so many things packed in to every day. Jessie has been having some problems with the vog. Even the brisk winds of Kohala have not been able to keep the density low enough that she can handle it.

We went to CSC Cafe for breakfast in order to see Lem but didn't find him there. After breakfast we headed on down to his house. He had just returned from a visit to the urgent care clinic in Waimea, he has been having a bout of itching that has only been getting worse. Hopefully, they've got it figured out this time.

I took a close look at the juice and water that they give you on the flight; both are from Waipahu. The juice does not have high fructose corn syrup.

Curtis picked us up from the airport. He also took us out to dinner at Big City Diner. Curtis had the Hamburger Steak, Kai had the Kim Chee Burger, and I had the Catch of the Day.
Hamburger Steak.
Kim Chee Burger.
Catch of the Day.

Happy Birthday to Leilani & Alvin!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Hawai'i Wildlife Center

This morning I spent a few hours volunteering at the Hawai'i Wildlife Center (HWC). I told Alexis to put me where help was needed the most; so I got started with laundry duty. One of the things about volunteering is that there are a lot of things that need to get done for any organization to function properly; most of them are not glamorous. In wildlife rehabilitation, rarely will you be working solely with charismatic megafauna; there's a lot more poop that needs to be cleaned up than there are warm fuzzy moments with the animals. And in fact, you want to minimize the warm fuzzy moments so the animals do not become habituated to humans since that could be fatal for them. I did get to help feed the Masked Booby and Nene; and I watched as Alexis took the Red-Tailed Tropicbird out to the pool to swim. I also cleaned up the mats the Nene pooped on, but laundry was one of the things that needed to get done the most today, so that's what I did.
Meet Big Bertha, one of the dryers at HWC,
L to R: Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster), Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra). 
This Nene (Branta sandvicensis) has trouble standing so is supported by a sling.
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) diving in to the pool.

I also got to meet Patrick and his buddy Walden who has been with him for 15 years. Patrick calls me up every so often to see if I am available to transport a bird; I've talked or texted with him so much I felt like I had already met him. I forgot to take a photo of Patrick & Walden; hopefully I can get one the next time I am here. I was more focused on the idiosyncrasies of being in a situation where there could be cross-species pathogens or parasites. (We had a short exchange of "war stories" about these later in the day when my departure was delayed by the removal of a tree that came down across the access road to the HWC.)

This is what my morning view looks like from my bed. It was sunny this morning. In the very early morning the trees have a rosy glow.

Kai & I took down the chochin and had lunch at the church with the fujinkai ladies. We also said our good byes to the Ohtas and the others who were helping to clean up after Obon. One day I will be able to spend more time and help with both preparations and clean-up for Obon; in the meanwhile I will only be able to make monetary donations to help out.
Totoro was also visiting the church.

We dropped in to visit with Uncle Kazu. I had texted Curtis earlier to coordinate a time so that he was with Dad and I was with Uncle Kazu so they could talk on the phone with each other. While we waited for Dad to be awake and in a good mood, Kai and I sat with Uncle Kazu and watched "The More the Merrier"; which had a weird plot line that we had a hard time understanding. But I guess that's what was popular in 1943. Uncle Kazu & Dad had a lively conversation; it seemed to cheer the both of them up.

On our way in to the hospital, we saw 2 signs that were specifically put up for Uncle Kazu! He does several laps around the parking lot after breakfast and after lunch.

After we left the hospital Kai decided we needed to get ice cream at King's View to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. He got he ube again; I tried the Kona Mud Pie since they were now out of chocolate.

We discovered there is a guava tree just on the other side of the fence in the vicinity of my bedroom window. We found out because I saw 2 guavas lying in the driveway and were wondering where they came from since the only trees I knew about prior to this morning's discovery were along the back property line. I have heard wild pigs in Jessie's yard every night; I think one night they were coming after the guavas near the fence.

Here's one of my favorite books at the house, Kohala Kuamo'o: Nae'ole 's Race to Save a King. It explains about the names of the communities in Kohala and also tells about how the people of Kohala helped keep the infant Kamehameha safe.

I packed a bunch of salted limes to mail to Tomiko tomorrow morning. I did not pick any limes on this trip; I will have to do so on the next trip since I am running out of salted limes.

I do not have a real light in my room, I use this solar lantern to provide light in the evening.
This solar lantern could stay on for more than 8 hours.

Happy Birthday to Karon, Pembo, & Paula!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bon Odori

We picked Uncle Kazu up & took him to Obon tonight. He had a good time watching the dancers, seeing many of his friends & relatives, and eating. Cousin Leilani came from Waimea to join us. She got me out dancing, sort of. We made a deal to go to bon odori practice next year so we look like we know what we're doing out there!
Bon odori.
L to R: Lefty, Uncle Kazu.
L to R: Lem, Uncle Kazu.
L to R: Coke, manju, boiled peanuts, BBQ meat, Coke. We also got Spam musubi & furikake musubi.

The evening started out a little wet; it frequently does in this part of the island. I was turning on the LED lights in the chochin when the rain started; the durable water repellent feature of the Columbia sun protection shirt & my Goretex hat kept me relatively dry.

As part of the Obon celebration, the Kohala Jodo Mission also pays tribute to the 22 Kohala residents who were killed during World War II, the Korean Conflict, & the Vietnam Era. Among them was Sonny, the son of one of my grandparents' neighbors at Halawa Camp. During the time I lived there with my grandparents, Sonny was like an older brother to me.

We started out the morning by doing laundry; because he was traveling light, Kai had worn all his clothes and needed to wash them in order to have clean clothes for Obon. (There is a 40+ year old washer at the house that sort of works but no dryer & no clothes line right now.) Since we had to go to Waimea to do laundry, I also spent time looking for towel racks to match the hardware on the shower door.

Here's the shower door hardware.
Here's the empty wall waiting for the towel racks.
The current towel rack.
No luck here; I also tried Ace Hardware. I think I need to go to the big HPM in Kona.

We ate lunch in Waimea before heading back. In February we had these great poke nachos from Manuela Malasada Company, but sadly found that they only had that as a special for the Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. They did, however, refer us to Island Style Grindz which was just down the road at Church Row.
Waiting for his malasadas.
Waiting for the poke nachos.
Poke nachos, made with won tun chips.

Happy Birthday to Dr. T, Dianne, Kathy, & Brenda!

Friday, July 13, 2018

I Think I Have 2 New Cats

When we arrived on Wednesday evening we saw 2 cats on the ramp to the front door scatter & head under the house as we drove up. We did not see them again until tonight. Then I put out some cat food. Yes, I am a sucker for homeless cats. It appears they are kittens rather than just small cats; I will have to invest in some kitten food. The one with the Siamese points is more bold than the other one with the orange markings. They may be one of the reasons the motion-sensor flood light keeps going on in the middle of the night.
I put the food out about 3 hours before I took this photo.

Today we took Uncle Kazu out to lunch; we went to our usual place, Minnie's. And he had his usual lunch, the Ahi Plate with his done medium with potato macaroni salad. I also had the Ahi Plate but I like mine seared with coleslaw. Kai had the Ahi Burger, seared.
Ahi plate with coleslaw.
Ahi burger.

After lunch we took Uncle Kazu to Mahukona to sit on the pier and look out at the water. Besides swimmers and fishermen, we also saw a spearfisherman hunting along the reef just in front of us.

We always end by getting ice cream with Uncle Kazu and today was no exception. We went to King's View; he got chocolate and Kai tried the ube. I also wanted chocolate, but the lady dishing up the ice cream thought I said macadamia nut; not sure how you can mis-hear chocolate as madadamia nut, one has 3 syllables, the other has 6 syllables. Oh well, I took the macadamia nut.
Uncle Kazu with his chocolate ice cream.
Kai with his ube ice cream; I took this with the selfie function.
The view from King's View Cafe.

Before we went to lunch we went to the cemetery and put up the chochin and flowers and made incense offerings at the Takatani family graves. We also dropped off a food donation with the fujinkai ladies for tomorrow night's osettai meal after the bon odori.

The poinsettia that I had put out at the grave in December was dead; it was still alive in early February but I guess it couldn't handle the hot summer days. I picked up a portulaca at Sunshine Hardware; it is a succulent flowering herb that does better under drier conditions. We'll see how it does over the next couple of months.

We made a quick stop at the Hawaii Wildlife Center (HWC) after we dropped Uncle Kazu off. I wanted to see if Alexis was still there; her e-mail bounced back when I tried to let her know I could take some things back for her on Monday. Alexis was still there but I found out Dannette has left to travel now that her last child is out of high school. On Sunday I get to meet Patrick and work with him on some of the animals.

We spent some time walking around the garden at HWC; I wanted to take a look at the native plants to see what I might like to plant at my house. I want to replace the invasives that I removed with native plants but I am not sure yet exactly what I want to use. Here are a couple that I am considering.
Koki'o ke'oke'o, a native hibiscus (Hibiscus waimeae).
Pohinahina (Vitex rotundifolia).

A couple days ago, when we arrived, I put the pakalana lei that I made for my hat on the butsudan. I also put the miniature white anthurium up by the butsudan; I will plant that out on one of the hapu'u later.