This was supposed to be my day of rest, but it turned out to be my most taxing, for I walked a lot. On the way out of the port, I noticed an adjacent ship named Hilo Bay:
We left last night and are now in Hilo Bay. I've noticed that all the Hawaii cruise ports remind me of the worst third world countries. For example, in Kahului, this is our neighbor:
I saw this sign, warning us tourists:
Not bragging, but I saved $650 by not being caught. Sure, I'm not dumb enough to cross busy streets, and traffic here is surprisingly robust, but some of these side streets are safe enough, and you've got to use some judgement in navigating your way through life.
My first encounter with nature was the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary, habitat of the Hawaiian Stilt (ae'o) and other endangered birds. This is a national landmark. If you look real closely, you will find ten of these birds:
Again, there is a stilt in this photo above. Here is what it looks like below if you found nothing above, with a Black-Crown Night Heron next:
I might add that the owners, Les Tomita and Mariah Brown, once had a Da Kitchen at the St. Louis Alumni building near the University of Hawaii. They now plan to have a Hawaiian Mex restaurant in San Francisco.
Next, Maui Mall is where Tasaka's Guri Guri can be found. I ordered the pineapple flavor:
This mall is located only a long par-5 away from the Pride of America:
For dinner I went Italian at La Cucina. Turned out I planned well, by mistake. I thought my reservation was for 7:30PM, but when I showed up, the lady said we've been waiting for you (I was supposed to be there at 6:30), but we saved you a table. I ordered a minestrone and Caesar salad, followed by a truffles risotto with asparagus, spaghetti agli'olio and spinach, mushroom and garlic dish:
I was finished at 8:45 and walked over for Lights, Camera, Music:
I included this second photo because I noticed that between the two right performers was an old man with long white hair. I'm sitting behind him. A fine day.
The ship is arriving: Hilo with Mauna Loa in the background:
Did you know that Mauna Loa is the largest mountain the world? Also, this is where those carbon dioxides are made that is determining what is happening with global warming:
Below, the Big Island (which is also called Hawaii) showing where Hilo, Mauna Loa and the upcoming Volcanoes National Park--Kilauea, where all the eruptions are occurring:
Towards the bottom is Naalehu--the southernmost community in the USA--where I arrived 54 years ago to work in the sugar industry.
Breakfast, with the Naniloa Hotel in white:
My post tomorrow will feature a tour through the volcano park, plus Rainbow Falls, where I first dropped off Pearl's ashes.
This is getting tedious, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average again rose to another all-time high: 19,911. Will 20,000 be reached before the year is over? Certainly. This Trump Effect is getting out of control.