Where we are staying

Hawaii – Part I – where we are staying

We are nearing the end of our stay in Hawaii and we have really enjoyed our stay. Not all has been wonderful – the weather was often wet and windy – but this has its good points – we have been able to stay at home and get all the chores we have been putting off done! I am almost up to date with this blog – Hawaii may be done and dusted before we leave! Look out for parts 2 and 3!

The house we are staying in has been very good. It is perched on stilts and it needs to be as we are right on the shoreline. At high spring tides we are almost an island. In front of us is a lava flow which gets covered at high tide. The irregular surface of the flow means that there are lots of tide pools which are full of fish and coral.

Kapoho at low tide

Kapoho at low tide

Kapoho at high tide

Kapoho at high tide

And when it is high tide the road is flooded

Chris on the road in front of our house

Chris on the road in front of our house

But it is nice to sit on the balcony watching the tide come in and looking at the fish grazing on the algae.

Our house at high tide

Our house at high tide

You can see why, when we were told of a threatened tsunami, we thought evacuation was a good policy. This was the result of the dreadful earthquake in Japan. As it happened there was no discernible tsunami in Kapoho so we spent an uncomfortable night in our hire car well above sea level.

The balcony is lovely but very open to the winds so not as useful as we hoped. But on good days it is very nice.

Chris on the balcony

Chris on the balcony

Graeme on the balcony

Graeme on the balcony

Note the plaster on my knee – the tidal pools are great for snorkelling but the rocks are hard, jagged and unforgiving. I enjoyed seeing the fish but every time I seemed to come back damaged in some way. I like the shirt and board shorts!

Not only was there fish to be seen in front of the house, on one occasion a Hawaiian Monk Seal decided to bask on the rocks. So, of course we took its photo.

A Hawaiian Monk Seal at Kapoho

A Hawaiian Monk Seal at Kapoho

That is all I have about where we are staying. Next I will report on the geology and scenery of the island. And that should be quite soon.

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