Winging over Waipio

Today work took me flying over Waimea, over Waipio Valley and back. Seeing the island from the air is a great way to see things.

Here we leave Waipio Valley flying over Kukuihaele back to the Waimea-Kohala airport. You’ll have to see the Sunday, May 23rd West Hawaii Today to see why I was in the air.

Click on the image above to see a movie of my flight, broadband users only as it’s about 9MB in size. We took-off from Waimea-Kohala airport, winged over Waimea town, flew over the back of Waipio Valley then went as far as Waimanu valley before flying back over Kukuihaele and back to the airport with the final view of Mauna Kea in the distance.

A map showing the track of my flight according to my GPS unit that I had on during the flight.

Dropping in the universe

Today I was having a conversation with a couple of state workers and things started to drift to politics. So I needed an escape hatch, not that I mind talking politics, but opinions always get heated, so I asked them where do the locals go to eat food in Honokaa? We all agreed that Tex Drive Inn with their ‘ono kine’ malasadas has gone quite touristy. They suggested I go to a place just below Honokaa High School so off I drove to C.C. Jon’s Snack-in Shoppe.

School got out early on Wed and I got to the snack shop about 10min after the last bell rang. It was my late lunch and wasn’t sure if I should really try the tiny shop but decided to check it out.

When I walked in the doorway I was transported back in time to another universe. An age of innocence, where jars of candy against the wall awaited the pointing fingers of kids to be chosen like puppies in a pet store. And candy is asked for not by name but by the color of its package.

Kids jammed the counter near the shave ice machine where an elderly Asian man carefully packed the snow onto cups and re-quizzed kids as to what flavor they wanted. The man is deliberate and careful building the shave ice and the kids are all very patient and polite waiting their turns.

Everyone in there, except me, ordered like they’ve done it a million times before. I heard someone order a large vanilla Coke. Now I know Coke now makes vanilla flavor, along with lime, lemon and cherry, but this place had a dispenser, not bottled soda. Then I noticed that they were adding flavored syrups to the soda for an extra charge. Vanilla, coconut and other flavors.

At a round table in the tiny snack shop high school boys relax and lean back in their chairs talking-story to each other. Younger kids had more purpose ordering drinks, food, candy and shave ice. This was their universe and I was just lucky enough to be sitting there like a bug on the wall taking it all in. It was like watching some Discovery Channel special about local soda-fountain shops. I am also lucky enough, I figure, that I look local and blended-in and didn’t disrupt life in the shop.

I probably need to get back here to make some photos. Sitting there at the old style soda-fountain counter on glittery, shiny red round vinyl seats really takes me back in time. Back to when things were simple, folks got along and life was good. Everyone should have such a place to go to often or at least visit.

This post is brought to you by the letter ‘C’: Cleaning, cars, chatting, cinema, crepes and coffee

Spent the day making another attempt at straightening up my apartment, no photos please. Manage to get some tasks done that I had procrastinated on so I could procrastinate on actually straightening things up. I just own too much shit, I’m a pack-rat, I admit it, I might need an intervention. “Hello my name is Baron and I’m a pack-rat.”

Why I always seem to head to town at about 3:30 p.m. when the traffic is terrible I don’t understand. Here traffic is backed-up on Hwy 190 going into Kailua town, this is about four miles from town. I was once told that it’s the result of turning a donkey path into a two laned highway. That may not be too far from the truth. Anyone will tell you that traffic is bad everywhere, but I’m just here to gripe about it where I live. Heck, it’s 3:30pm, don’t these people work? How can they afford all those gas guzzlers?

Here’s Gean, typing one-handed while in a chat with his daughters Leilani and Maile. I think bandwidth on the internet is decreasing, now that there are three Cannon’s online. I went back home, through light traffic thank-goodness, and back to town to get a microphone adaptor for the computer. Bought a boom mic for $1 at Salvation Army and gave Gean a set of amplified speakers, brand new. We were in business for some serious internet audio chatting.

We finally hooked up with Maile online and it was a wonder to see Gean chatting via voice, sooo much easier than typing. So now they can audio chat.

Me stuck in traffic once again but what a view. You could almost see every tree on Mt. Hualalai, a very clear afterhoon.

The cinema. Saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, very good movie. Jim Carrey shows some nice range in this, kind of reminds me of how Robin Williams was pidgeon-holed into comedy roles until he did some good dramatic work. I must admit that Tall Andrea and I missed at least the first five minutes, hey it’s not like it was Betty Blue or maybe it was as I missed the opening, since I was trying to get Gean’s Mac squared away and lost track of time before heading for the theater, with an on-time Andrea waiting outside. El-Ron and Jim were supposedly wanting to go to the movies too but they wanted to see Starsky & Hutch…I mean really, the 70s? Platform shoes? The Bee Gees? A Grand Torino as a muscle car? They passed on this movie, now if Jesus Christ was driving a black Trans-Am that answered to the name ‘Kit’ we might have seen another movie together, but I don’t think Mel filmed it that way.

After the movie we had to make a decision…where to eat in Kona at 9:45 p.m. It looked pretty bleak, Tacos El Unico closes in 15 minutes and Denny’s wasn’t sounding too appealing. We found a new place next to the theater, which also stopped cooking in 15 minutes, called Peaberry & Gelettes. The peaberry refers to the somewhat rare pea-shaped coffee beans that supposedly make really good coffee. Gelettes refers to the buckwheat waffles they make and they also make stuffed crepes. I got the spinach, cheese, mushroom and ham crepe which was very good (kind of expensive, about $9.50). I’d recommend it if you want something different to eat, it had that yuppie atmosphere in there which may be a plus or minus according to how you feel about that sort of thing.

And finally, I did have an espresso there which cost me over two bucks for a small cup. Seeing all those tins of Illy coffee there I couldn’t help but think about my own Illy tins at home when I make my own espresso for a fraction of the price, in real chinaware. I’m fading fast and need to get to sleep. Sorry this post wasn’t more interesting, isn’t that a theme everywhere recently? But it’s all I can do at the moment as my eyes are shutting down on me. Good night.