Coconuts – The Deadliest Force on Earth
Trip Start Sep 17, 2012
28Trip End Nov 11, 2012
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Hi, Annette here. Peter wrote the title and then got complete writer's block. So, rather than let him throw the computer across the room, I figured I should take over for a bit.
Today we rode a big bus up to the Maui Tropical Gardens. You enter through the gift shop which was all about chocolate covered macadamia nuts, coffee and souvenirs. We boarded a little tram to go around these gardens, stopping to get a demonstration of how to open a coconut. We were surrounded by many, many plants including mango, papaya, pineapple and banana. It was short tram ride back to the gift shop where we tried Macadamia ice cream and pineapple ice cream…yummy.
Then we got back on the bus to the Iao Valley to see the Iao needle. A group wanting to preserve Hawai’ian heritage and culture manages the area around the needle and only permits indigenous species to be planted. We don’t really understand what constitutes an indigenous Hawai’ian plant since the islands were formed by volcanoes rising out of the ocean and absolutely everything here, except the lava rocks, arrived from some other part of the world. However, the gardens are a beautiful display of indigenous plants and picturesque ponds fed from indigenous PVC pipes.
We walked round a little to look here and there and got back to the bus. It was time to get back to the ship so off we went. This is the procedure for getting back on board the ship:
The bus pulls up to the guard house at the pier entrance. A guard boards the bus and verifies each passenger’s government ID and ship ID. The bus is then permitted to pull forward and park at the terminal entrance. You disembark the bus and are directed into a line. Another guard re-checks your ship ID and government ID. You then empty your pockets and place all your possessions on a conveyor to be scanned. You walk through a metal detector and hand a guard your hat to be manually searched
We had lunch on board, which we had not done since we arrived in the islands, and then walked to the town of Kahului. There is not much in Kahului but we did find plain macadamia nuts and Aleve at a local drug store. We decided to head back to the ship to get ready for the evening’s Luau. Even though we could see the ship off in the distance, we were docked in a very industrial area and weren’t sure of the route back. Fortunately, we spotted several of the ship’s crew members at a nearby street corner and were able to follow them back to the ship.
The Luau was in Kaanapali at the Hyatt Regency. We got lucky and managed to get on a mini bus instead of the big giant tour buses. On the way in we had an anniversary picture taken. We look like Men in Black, Hawaiian style. The Luau was very well organized and there were free drinks for everyone
So, by now you must be wondering why coconuts are one of the deadliest forces on earth. Actually, if not properly dealt with, they are a vicious killer, more deadly than the Great White Shark! According to several sources, coconuts falling from trees kill more people each year than lightning strikes and shark attacks combined… something to think about next time you’re walking down a tree-lined street…
Don’t forget to scroll down and look at the pictures and video!
Annette & Peter
A guy walking on Waikiki Beach walks up to a tour bus driver and asks him
"I’ve always wondered, what’s the correct way to pronounce the name of this state? Is it Hawaii or Havaii?"
Stay tuned… this age old question will be finally answered soon!