Hawi and Sunset at Mahukona Beach Park

Trip Start Jan 24, 2013
Trip End Feb 12, 2013

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Today we decided to take it easy and stay at the Four Seasons. After a lovely breakfast where we saw a whale breach (jump) clear out of the ocean (far in the distance, but still exciting), we went to see the small sharks in the hotel pond being fed. Once they grow larger they will be released into the ocean. We learned that the pond used to be filled with the tiny orange/red Hawaiian shrimp and that it looked like the pond was lined with red velvet. A tsunami hit in 2011 and washed in many fish which ate all the shrimp. Now there is an algae problem to deal with, but the pond is alive with many different species of fish including hammerhead and somr blacktip reef sharks. None are any longer than about three feet.

After a while we decided to drive back to Hawi and see the town. A detour down a side road took us past some friendly horses and cattle and more beautiful open land. Hawi had some little shops, coffee shop, and a very expensive shop selling hand crafted wood items with a grumpy proprietor. Needless to say, he didn't make a sale.

On the way back, we stopped at Mahukona Beach Park where we saw lots of whales way out in the water as well as some closer in. Many spouts, humped backs and tails but no breaching. We walked south along a rocky path to a higher point and stayed for a breathtaking sunset.

Dinner was at The Canoe House at Mauna Lani. It was extremely windy, but the restaurant decor, view and food were great.
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