This weekend was super fun. Amanda, one of the wwoofers who was here when we first arrived, returned to the farm after a three week trek around Kona for her last hurrah before she leaves for Oahu Monday.
Friday we went to a brew-and-view at a local theater. The film was Monty Python’s Holy Grail and if you dressed up you got free kettle corn (and apparently applause) so naturally we all obliged:
Saturday morning we returned to 2-Step to swim with the dolphins of which there were many. The people you see farthest out in this picture are swimming with them, they are really close to shore:
We then did a more thorough investigation of “Place of Refuge”, a state park bordering the reef. Back in the day, if you committed a crime against the king’s law but you managed to make it here before you were killed or caught you were permitted sanctuary. If you stayed in Place of Refuge for a year, your name was cleared and you could return to society. Really not a bad place to be for a year:
The yellow you see under the water are the tang (a fish):
Rumor had it there was a sick sea turtle swimming around the park, we asked a park ranger if this was it:
But apparently this is just what sea turtles do. He’s just sleeping.
That night we had a big fire and burned our Boss’s christmas tree from last year:
Sunday we went for a little hike down from the top of Napo’opo’o Road to the Captain Cook Monument area, which was rumored to have the best snorkeling. We all agreed, it’s true. Here are pictures from the hike down, which was the easy part:
Mesquite trees are so cool:
Our destination was reached:
The best part of our day here was when 4 humpback whales swam into the bay we were snorkeling in! This is very rare. I could see them underwater through my goggles. Alex swam very close to them, perhaps within 20 feet. There was a mother her calf and two larger whales. We heard them sing!!! You may not be able to see the whales in these pictures but this is where they first appeared to us. I quickly jumped in the water after taking these to get a closer look:
“Kona Snow” aka Coffee flowers:
The bees love them.