Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hawaii - Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Oahu

Hello Blogentologists,

To anyone out there who still looks at the blog, here are a few pictures from the past month or two.  We've made our way from the big island of Hawaii to the over populated island of Oahu.  We stopped at most of the islands in between and surprise surprise, took some pictures.  Here they are, in no particular order with some unnecessarily long captions.

This is the largest fish I've ever caught.  I called him Joe Frazier.  I landed him on deck to my normal killing station and went to work.  Because Dorado/Mahi Mahi have such tough skulls the best way to kill them is to stab them in the brain, which I did, three times.  Shortly after I did this, while talking about sashimi giddily to Sylvie, Frazier lept off the deck and into the ocean.  I believe Sugar Ray the Shark ate him.

This is Paula Fuga (+ yoga showoffs) at the First Annual Paia Ukulele Festival in Maui.  Can you say First Annual at the first one???

Prettiest flower in the Pacific.

Lana'i City, Lana'i Island, population 3,000.  We saw the whole town in about 5 minutes.
Lana'i City jail.  Total cells: 4.  

Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement. Molokai
Check out the huge dragonfly in the sky.

Kalaupapa, Molokai.  Tallest sea cliffs in the world.  Apparently a good place to put lepers 150 years ago.
More info on Kalaupapa:

Father Damien's grave.

How to make cakes in the tropics by Sylvie Ouellette.  Looks the same to me.

Matt and Karine of Dieppe, New Brunswick come for a visit abord Ustupu.
Mmmmmmm, homemade sushi.

Sunset behind Lana'i taken from Lahaina, Maui.

Waikiki! Now we're just regular tourists.

This is what happens to Champagne after you bring it on a sailboat 2,500 miles from Tahiti to Hawaii. It gets slightly more bubbly than usual.

What's left of the Champagne.

The Photographer (with Champagne soaked shorts) insists on taking a self timer shot to be included in the party.

Our Christmas tree.  Compliments of stuff Sylvie found on the boat and supported by the chimney of our diesel heater. Photograph of baby Jesus compliments of passport Canada.

View of Oahu's south shore from Koko head crater. 

Vans 2012 World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, Oahu.  Sweet.
Someone actually won that Harley.  I'm pretty sure surfers don't drive Harleys.

Sylvie made it on the jumbotron briefly!  (That's not her)

Kelly Slater, surfing legend.
Winner, Adam Melling, being carried by the crowd from the water to the podium.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

More pics of the Big Island and Hilo

Representing King's College (which I didn't attend) and some old coconut milk stains on my shirt.  
South Point, Hawaii

Dead fish clothing

This sequence represents the state of my current fitness.  

This sequence is a mess.

6.0 on the landing.

Green Sand Beach

Dan.... semi-impressed

Crazy crowd

Lava pile

There used to be settlements and towns near the shore....


Sylvie muckin about on a lava pile

Fresh lava

We could pretty much touch this rainbow. 

Waipio Valley

Videos of Tradewind Sailing in the South Pacific

Wing on wing from Galapagos to the Marquesas

Monday, November 12, 2012

Huahine and Tahaa

These aren't ripe but I'm clearly intrigued. 

Setting up a faulty chicken trap at Crab Bay. 

This is what you find at crab bay.  Catching these guys is a lot of fun, all you need is a bright flashlight and an oven mitt. 

We went to Crab Bay 3 times.  

Kids playing with massive blue eyed eels.  You show up with a can of mackerel and the kids put on a show.  One girl called us her 'clients' even though no one pays her.  She asked Sylvie if she had any 'heart friends', Sylvie asked her if she had any 'heart enemies', she had plenty, she claimed.

This kid just hung out at the eel place rambling in baby talk.  

Southern tip of Huahine.

Sylvie hiking.  Yes, hello Sylvie.

We found avocado trees up here.

Moose burial ground.

Beach strolling in Huahine.

The Saltbreaker brothers (Alex and Nick) at anchor in Tahaa.  They do very few things without welding goggles.  On this particular night we are supplying the beer as Saltbreaker helped us get off the reef earlier that day.  Early the next morning a metal piece on our mooring line would break and Ustupu was set adrift.  Alex happened to be up at 6AM and waved as we drifted by. 

Sylvie telling me what things she sees in the clouds.  An endless conversation.  

Wild birds.