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Splash's Kauai talk. There are some pictures too.

Coconut Tree

Apr-3-2019 Wed

This Coconut Tree started as a sprout in 2009.

 

 

It grew very fast and the first coconuts were already overhead. 


 

Eventually it became too big.  It was blocking the views from the second floor windows, the fronds were touching the roof, the nuts were hard to get to and it was dangerous to work under the tree.

 


 

It was hard to bring it down too. There was not enough room to just cut it down.


 

I started at the top and cut off all of the fronds and nuts.


After I got rid of the top I started to work on sections of the trunk.


 

It was not easy to cut off sections of the trunk.


 

It was also important to not fall or drop sections on myself or my ladder. 


A section of the heart of palm.


 

In the center you can see the young flower stalk.


Here is what the mature flower stalk looks like.


 

We did get several pounds of coconut heart and Naia had fun cooking with it.

1-31-2018 Lunar Eclipse

Feb-2-2018 Fri
With all of the talk about the Super Blue Blood Lunar Eclipse, I couldn't wait to get a good nights sleep. I had no plans of getting up to see it.
 
 
From a sound sleep I was awakened to see the Moon.  I thought about just going back to sleep but since I was awake I went out to take a look.  It was pretty bright red so I started to take pictures.


It is hard to make it look impressive but I did what I could.

 
 
 There was a bit of a storm going through at the time also. Here you can see the light of Poipu glowing on the clouds. The clouds also hid the moon for much of the time.

 
 
 I think that the lightning show was better than the moon.  The lightning was distant and I was not seeing bolts or hearing much thunder. Just flashes in the clouds.

 
 
The moon eventually started to come back.

 
 
When the moon came back I was hoping for some moonbows.  I never did see any but I was able to photograph one. 

 

Japanese TV Show (Chikyu Zekkei Kikou)

Jul-29-2011 Fri

01_TV_showThe Japanese TV Show Chikyu Zekkei Kikou filmed an episode over here. The name roughly translates to Journeys to Earths beautiful places. The episode on Kauai was A Garden Floating in the Pacific. Here is a link to their site.
http://w3.bs-tbs.co.jp/zekkei/detail65.html
It was on the air on 7-29-2011.


02_TV_showOf course they had to get me. I started out at Glass Sand Beach. Not really my number one choice of a beautiful spot. It got better as I drove her to my house. The narrator was not actually here or even seen on the show.

She thumbed through my photo album to find a beautiful spot to visit. She chose the Napali Coast. Much better than Glass Sand in my opinion at least. After that I promised to show it to her the next day. I wave goodbye as she drives away.


03_TV_showThe next day she arrives at the boat to discover that I am not only an incredible photographer but also an incredible boat captain too.


04_TV_showThe weather was good. The dolphins put on a pretty good show. It was March when they filmed and the whales were here. They even got some whale breach pictures.


05_TV_showWe snorkeled at Makole. The water was clear. They got a shot of me diving in to get the mooring. They had a sea turtle on the surface. They even had her get into the water and snorkel. The yellow nenue that no one ever believes turned yellow swam around in front of the camera.


06_TV_showAt the end of the trip she watched the sunset. Now that was a long trip. There was a green flash that I took a picture of. Later they asked for a better one. I ended up taking another one and they used that. the trick is to underexpose it so the color doesn't get washed out.


07_TV_showOf course the show was not all about me. They also had pictures of Leilani Rivera Bond (Now Leilani Rivera Low).

She went into the forest and picked ferns for a leipoo. She then made the leipoo.


08_TV_showAfter the leipoo was made she was off to hula practice.


09_TV_showHula practice was on the banks of the Wailua River. The river was a nice brown color due to some heavy rains but fortunately it was nice and sunny for the filming.


10_TV_showThey don't usually get dressed up and practice along the Wailua River so don't go there looking for them. 

She does do a free hula show at the Coconut marketplace. She also just opened up a little culture center at the Coconut Marketplace too.


11_TV_showThey also filmed the Smith's Boats and the Fern Grotto.
Kayaking on the Hanalei River with Harley from Kayak Kauai. Harley also took them to Polihale to look for sunrise shells. It was raining over there too and the road was a bit muddy.


12_TV_showThe end of the show was at Kee with Leilani again. She chanted and the girls danced into the sunset.