The Easter Chapters: Ka Lae (South Point), Hawaiian Ocean View, & Naalehu, Part II

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These last two photos mark the end of our trip to South Point; I’m pretty sure this was the last time we took a trip out there, however I could be wrong. South Point is such a breathtaking place to visit; massive sea cliffs, the endless ocean with its varying shades of blue (btw, the water is a mixture of cyan, azure, and a very light shade of blue), and the different terrain that somehow fits itself into 710 acres. Seriously. You have the ocean and the sea cliffs, which looks like New Zealand. You have another side of South Point that is strictly wild grass, flowers, and dirt; it makes you feel like you’ve just entered into a Safari that happens to only have cows and horses. It also takes 12-miles to actually reach South Point, which includes driving through the “country” and passing coffee farms, plantation homes, and a lot of farmland; it’s peaceful.

Here are some interesting facts about South Point: 

  1. It’s the southernmost point in all of the United States.
  2.  It’s home to Papakōlea Beach, also known as “Green Sand Beach.” It really does have green sand; it’s one of only four green sand beaches in the whole world. FUN FACT: I’ve never been to Green Sand Beach, even though it’s literally right there to the east of South Point.
  3. It’s said that a Hawaiian Chief was swept away to his death.

 

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Here is Ocean View. It’s a strange yet fascinating town in the middle of nowhere; a place with an abundance of succulents, drifters, and never-ending roads. It does have the occasional crime, what strange town doesn’t? I once worked a case out here with my dad and since then I’ve loved driving through Ocean View; maybe I like it so much because it is in the middle of nowhere or because it was a great case that we worked or because it was a great case AND it was great working it with my dad. It takes more than 4-miles to drive to the “grocery” store, which btw there’s only two stores to choose from; this is where I became very accustomed to eating jalapeno chips, which I ate for a week or so when working.

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It really is this foggy. It makes me happy. I don’t know why.

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Mom
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Nick, Me, and Paul

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Driving around Ocean View was definitely fun. It was great being able to see the look on my brother’s faces when they realized how endless Ocean View felt/is. Paul insisted that he’d seen this old warehouse before, while Nick was very skeptical to this information much to Paul’s annoyance. I don’t think Paul’s ever been through Ocean View before, except maybe when he was a young child. Also, Paul was exuberant because he saw an abandoned toilet on the side of the road (gross!!!) and some empty box that he just had to go and look into (man, he’s one of those kids). It also doesn’t help that dad loves to encourage his behavior, however it is funny to watch at times. Max also loved driving around Ocean View; this semi-blind dog ran up to the car and wanted so badly to be friends with Max, well Max wasn’t having any of that, and then Max wanted to be friends with two very aggressive dogs in the grocery parking lot, and they weren’t having any of that. Dogs, ya know?

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I actually took this photo at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

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We drove to Whittington Beach Park, which is where the old (and broken) pier can be found. You know what else can be found there? Cats! Beautiful, wild (and yet fed) cats. Oh, I love those cats!

 

Location(s) – Ka Lae (South Point), Hawaiian Ocean View, Whittington Beach Park, & Punalu’u Black Sand Beach / Big Island of Hawaii (we did drive through various towns to reach South Point) – When – Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Time – Afternoon & into the evening / With – Mom, Dad, Nick, Paul, and Max / What we did – We took a great Easter Sunday drive to South Point, Ocean View, and a couple beaches / I took many photos! It was fun hanging out with my family; we mostly drove around.

Camera used – Nikon Coolpix L840 / Editing – Fotor photo editor / I edited the photos by adjusting the curves.

 

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The Easter Chapters: Ka Lae (South Point), Part I

Earlier

Right now it’s 11:18 pm, the 24th of April, and nearly four weeks since Easter has passed. I’m also eating some very tasty vanilla pudding, however that’s beside the point. I’m finally posting photos from Easter…from last year. I know, I know. I’m shaking my head too.

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Location(s) – Ka Lae (South Point) / Big Island of Hawaii (we did drive through various towns to reach South Point) – When – Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Time – Afternoon & into the evening / With – Mom, Dad, Nick, Paul, and Max / What we did – We took a great Easter Sunday drive to a beautiful place called “South Point” / We walked around near the cliffs, ate our prime rib sandwiches that mom made at home, and simply enjoyed being with each other.

Camera used – Nikon Coolpix L840 / Editing – Fotor photo editor / I edited the photos by adjusting the curves.

 

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Travel: Mahukona | Kailua-Kona

Location(s) – Mahukona Beach Park / Kailua-Kona (we did drive through Kawaihae briefly) – When – Sunday, august 06, 2017 – Time – Afternoon & into the evening / With – Mom, Dad, and Paul (Nick was with us for a short while, however he only went diving but did not come with us to Kona) / What we did – We took a great drive (seriously) to the other side of the island / Dad, Paul, and Nick went diving. I stayed in the car with mom and watched the ocean. After they went diving, Dad, Mom, Paul, and I went to Kailua-Kona to eat dinner.

 

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Honestly, I had such an amazing time with my family (as I always do). I wouldn’t have spent my Sunday any other way. We left for Mahukona around 11 am but we also stopped briefly in Hilo; We filled up on gas for both of our vehicles (we took two because Nick was going to leave at 4 pm to drive back to Hilo, while we left for Kona) and got a few drinks for the road (yes, that means I got a mango white tea lemonade extra sweetened). We stopped one more time when we reached Honoka’a at Tex because we wanted haupia malasadas (omg, it was sooo good!). We then drove out to Mahukona, which is located in the middle of Kawaihae and Hawi; it’s off the coast. I actually sat in the car with mom, while Nick, Paul, and Dad went diving. I did want to go swimming and diving because the water was so perfect, however I also had a good time with mom while watching the ocean. Nick left around 4:30 pm to head back to Hilo because he had a party to go to, while we (Mom, Dad, and Paul) drove another hour into Kona. We went to Costco to see if they had a sashimi platter but the lines were so long we left. We then went to Ultimate Burger because Paul and Dad wanted a burger for dinner. In the meantime, Mom and I were going to have sushi at a place called Chirashi Sushi Don by Jiro, however it was closed. I also was going to have a boba tea nearby but that had just closed. We then decided to grab something to eat nearby Ultimate Burger. Mom had Genki Sushi and I had Panda Express, however Mom did get me this delicious unagi sushi. We all ate our dinner together in the car and then we headed back to Hilo. The sunset was beautiful with orange and pink hues; the last few photos (except for the very last photo) Paul took with my camera. Once the sun set and the night fell, it was cool and filled with glittering stars.

 

Camera used – Nikon Coolpix L840 / Editing – Fotor photo editor / I actually only edited a few photos by adjusting the curves, as well as saturation.

 

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Travel: What’s Shakin | Onomea Bay Drive

My Mom, Dad, Riley, and I went for a drive a few days back (4/4/2017) to Onomea Bay. It was so much fun! We had smoothies at a little place called ‘What’s Shakin’ and we drove around through the scenic route of Onomea Bay. Our Mom and Dad would take us there when we were little, so we loved being able to go back. I mean, seriously, we live in Hawaii and this is the first time we’ve been back in a long time!

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I love the yellow and the twinkle lights and the simple sunny atmosphere. It’s sad that this place is closing, I’ll miss it greatly. It will always be a staple of our/my childhood, where my family and I would sit on the grass and drink banana shakes. A time of simplicty where my mind enjoyed thinking of every possibility in life while trying not to choke on a piece of banana.

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I had a papaya and strawberry smoothie; same as my dad. My mom had a banana smoothie. My sister, Riley, had a smoothie as well. I literally cannot remember Riley’s flavor of smoothie (sorry Riley!). We also ate these oatmeal cookies that were to die for! What’s Shakin also has a menu of healthy sandwiches, cookies, and numerous other types of foods.

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The bridge is my favorite part of the whole drive. It makes me feel like we are in some storybook surrounded by flowing streams and botanical magic. I suppose in that area that is exactly what we are in.

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Spiderwebs over the bridge. My heart nearly exploded with happiness from these webs. So beautiful.

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Last stop of the trip was to Alae Cemetery, which is actually not near Onomea Bay but actually nearer to Hilo. This is where Nana, Papa, and Tutu are buried in the Mormon section. Unfortunately, I waited in the car because we had Max with us. Next time I’ll be sure to visit them. This place used to be the highlight of my life when I was a child. My siblings and I spent many hours running up and down the hill, stopping by to say hello to our Papa and Tutu.

Take time to explore. Enjoy the world.

 

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