Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dry coast and wet coast, a Sampler from Paradise

Sea turtles come ashore to rest.  They've lost all fear of humans and predators.

What I saw today.  The Shoreline Trail and Kalahuipua’a Historic Park in the Mauna Lani area of the west (dry) coast north of Kona, and Onomea Bay area of the northeast (wet) coast north of Hilo.  Two morning hikes before the skies opened up their floodgates.

Ancient cave dwelling
a few of the best of 27 different petroglyphs collected at Puako Archeological Preserve
Lahuipua'a Fish Pond, still productive, constantly maintained for nearly a millennium now
Shoreline Trail winds past natural areas and resort beaches
Another of the four turtles I encountered in 2 1/2 miles of shoreline trail
Beehive Ginger, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, back for a second visit to my favorite place.

Stunning, almost frighteningly exotic orchid
The Lily Pond
Here's the GPS Track of my meanderings in the Mauna Lani area.

The trail fizzles out at private residences with sea walls that jut into the water on the north, but the Shoreline Trail continues south for several miles - exploration for another day.

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