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Monday, August 28, 2017

15 CRAIGSIDE HOLO HOLO TO THE WAIANAE COAST

Before the next holo holo adventure, I need to add one more detail about my RICE posting (scroll down to the next article) yesterday.  I grew up with white rice.  Now I learn brown rice is much better for your health, for the milling/polishing process:

  • strips away B vitamins, iron and fiber
  • removes the subaleurone layer, which protects against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis
  • eliminates ingredients that lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes
Further, this bran layer providing all those above benefits is 11% of the grain, and not recycled in any way.  Just thrown away!  My first thought is to just collect this by-product and process it into a super pill.  So far, I haven't found any reference indicating that this brown part of the rice is recovered in any way.  When I do, I'll let you know.

Finally, the hull and husk comprise 20% of the crop.  In the past, this portion was also just discarded, which costs money. As the silica content is too high, it couldn't be utilized for animal feed.  Now, this material is being used for:
  • insulation
  • renewable energy
  • soil aeration
  • animal bedding
  • particle boards
  • reinforce rubber tires
  • concrete mix
The worst insult of all is that nutritionists now say that all the white stuff I once ate growing up--milk, sugar, bread, salt and RICE- are very bad for your health, and are the primary cause of obesity and hypertension.  Apparently, though, eggs are now considered okay and even butter is not all that terrible, after all.  Coffee is good.  I wonder if this brew will begin to be allowed for children?

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15 Craigside has a sign-up sheet for a monthly holo holo (to go out, especially for a ride of leisure) to somewhere around the island of Oahu.  Our sister property, Arcadia, also is included.  Our standard van is breaking down, and a new one is supposedly on order.  Yesterday we again used a 28-seat beauty with large windows and good air conditioning.

There were 22 of us, led by tour guide Tony, who grew up in Maili, ideal, because the holo holo was to the Waianae Coast:


I'll get to the beaches later, but the mauka (mountain) side of the coastline also was of interest.  For example, there is the Lualualei VLF (very low frequency) Transmitter of the U.S. Navy, which was at one time the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.  I did not realize then, but my brother, Stan, a structural engineer for the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory in Port Hueneme, in 1972, was involved with the construction and follow-up operations.  He never talked about this much, and now I know why  It was all very secret.  VLF transmitters communicate with and track submarines.

Makua Valley has a variety of endangered species and is full of archeological ruins, including temples and sites where humans were sacrificed.  It is supposedly the mythical birthplace of the Hawaiian people.  Well, since the 1920's the U.S. Army has trained there, and occupies 4200 acres, an issue of some local contention:



We got as far as this sign, but the road through Kaena Point State Park was blocked.  Something to do with the downed Blackhawk helicopter last week.


The closure occurred at Yokohama Beach:


I had not been in this area for many decades and was surprised by the unexpected beauty and lack of people basking on these various beaches:


Directly above is Pokai Bay.  The highlight of the trip was Makua Cave:


If you're driving from Honolulu, you could easily miss this spot.  However, across the road are these two signs, where you can park.  Ana is cave in Hawaiian, and the original name was Kaneana:


The ocean view from this site:


We stopped by MacDonald's to use the rest room.  The least we could do was buy something, but I was the only one that purchased anything:  fries and coke:


As it was around 3:45 PM, this ruined my dinner.  On the way home, a shot of Hawaiian Electric's Kahe Power Plant (650 MW) and the Ko Olina development:


Back home above.  Tomorrow, Jake Shimabukuro entertains us at 15 Craigside:


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Tropical Storm Harvey is now back in the Gulf of Mexico, and will slowly move east and north:


Houston and the region surrounding this metropolis will take a year and more to recover.  Next, Louisiana.  Damage and casualties are mounting.

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