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We headed out to the northern end of the Island of Hawaii.  No particular destination other than where the wind would blow us!  We turned off where the sign indicated there was a National Park.  We pulled up to the parking lot and noticed that folks were camping and getting out of the car, we suffered through major winds we headed down towards to the beach.  Wind speeds here were between 30-40 miles per hour. But we fought the wind to where we found Spencer Beach, which is located right below Pu’ukohola Heiau National Park.    We had been to this park before, but were drawn to the water, not only by what we saw, but the wind was tossing us in every direction and blew us down to the beach.

A view from Spencer Beach Park

The colors of the water: Magnificent!

Just north of Spencer Beach

This beach is below another compound of King Kamehameha. Fish traps were built to capture the fish in a cove like structure that allowed the fish to swim in at high tide, but unable to swim out at low tide. The one here is a bit filled up with sand, but this would have been cleared out to lower the depth of the trap. The trap is the rock structure.

Another view of Spencer Beach with a fish trap

Little golden birds were everywhere, and they flitted here and there in the trees, being so illusive that I did not think that I captured this shot.

Native Bird

I took one last look back at the ocean.

Layers in the ocean

We turned to leave to head onward to Hawi, and the roots of a tree caught my eye.

Tree trunk at Spencer Beach

You can almost see a face! The trees grew parallel to the beach before rising to the 40 foot heights that they achieve! We are getting back into the car and heading on still to Pololu and Hawi!

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Life on the Hawaiian Islands can be found everywhere, and the little creatures flaunt their beauty! I love the geckos here as they are an assortment of colors. On this trip I was introduced to the Jackson lizard, which is just as colorful!

The Jackson lizard has a longer snout than the more compact face of the gecko. It can change colors, blending in with the black lava rock, and when it challenges it turns a beautiful green. Plus it does push ups too, and when it does it throws out a bright red bib under its chin. I approached a Jackson, and it did this a couple of times but was very shy the closer I got.

Jackson Lizard

Here he is a bit closer.

Jackson close up

We had gone to breakfast at The Coffee Shack, which has excellent food at a reasonable price, and dining is outside. It is here that we found numerous geckos traveling along the railings and the posts. What is unique here is that they feed the geckos with the jelly containers that you would normally use on your toast, and they seem to love it!

Gecko eating jelly

They are really quite beautiful.

Up close with a gecko

This next pair were getting a bit amorous! Thankfully I do not have to censor this photo!

A beautiful pair

Next we head off to the sacred grounds of one of King Kamehameha’s compounds!

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This week, the Sierra Foothills is moving to the Foothills on the Island of Hawaii for a much needed vacation! Would you like to see what a lava tube looks like? Or, what it would be like to be on the deck of a fishing boat fishing in the deep sea off the Island of Hawaii? Have you ever wondered what the coral reefs look like close up? How about the fluorescent blue, hot pink, fluorescent green gecko right in your face? What about coffee plantations and where King Kamehameha lived?

How about taking a trip with me and my husband to the Island of Hawaii? Interested?


Tune in as I will be doing a daily blog and hopefully the internet connection will work with me!

Our base camp will be in Kailua-Kona.

Hawaii National Parks Map

Kailua-Kona is on the eastern shore midway on the island.

I hope that you will join us on this journey, and that you will enjoy the trip as much as we do! So let us start the count down! The first blog on this Hawaiian adventure will be posted on Sunday, March 25th! See you then! Aloha!

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