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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The BUS: Kailua and Lanikai

As I had not walked around Lanikai and Kailua for a quarter century, I took The Bus to look around  those neighborhoods located on the other side of the Koolaus.  I should note that the X for Lanikai should have been placed at the top of the second "i".  Also, I live at the left side of this map, just below that number 61, which is Pali Highway.  No one, absolute no one, knows that Pali Highway is Highway  Route 61.  

CNN reported that:

1.  Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii.
2.  Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
3.  Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
4.  Hanalei Beach, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
5.  Waianapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
6.  Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
7.  Huntington Beach State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina.
8.  Maniniowali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
9.  Saint Pete Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Florida
10.  Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Hey, Hawaii has seven of the best ten beaches in the USA, but note that Waikiki did not even make this list.  Why Lanikai Beach is #1 is only because of the beauty.  It is barely half a mile long and has no parking lot, restrooms, showers or lifeguards.  It's so popular that parking violation fines recently increased from $35 to $200.  The two islands you see above are Moku Nui and Moku Iki.  For the daring, you can spearfish for tiger sharks off the former, although this photo to the left is from my university of researchers just studying one of them.

The area surrounding the beach is Lanikai, a part of Kailua, where homes have a median real estate value of more than $1.5 million, higher than 99.3% of U.S. neighborhoods.  A residence recently sold for $13.8 million, the costliest yet this year in the state.  (Photo from Virtually Hawaii.)

Waikiki is 16 miles away.  It took me three buses to get from where I live to Lanikai:  #4 to #56 to #70.  Watch out for #70, as only those with military IDs can enter Kaneohe Marine Base.

Kailua is a census-designated place with 40,000 people.  However, there were 50,000 in 1992.  Interestingly enough, the population on the island of Oahu, too, dropped by more than 6,000 last year.

The problem with Kailua, according to the residents, is that there are too many tourists, especially from Japan.  Frankly, I did not see anything close to what is supposedly "good" for Waikiki.  For one, it's hard to get to the Windward side.  A regular taxi will cost around $100, with tip.  But there are uberX ($30-49) and uberXL ($54-71).  The Bus?  Free for me.  I guess still only $2.50 for others.  The #56 bus takes you directly to and from Waikiki through downtown Honolulu,

After walking around and considering a variety of options, I went Mexican, something I hadn't had for a along time.  Mexico Lindo surprised me.  Not much to look at, but the food and service were terrific.

I ordered two tacos with refried beans and Spanish rice, plus a plate of raw Jalapeños and a giant Passion Fruit Margarita.  It doesn't look like much above because the glass was in the back of the table.  Amazingly enough, as excellent as it was, I couldn't quite finish this drink.  I started with a bite of tacos and a whole jalapeño (there were eight pieces) slice.  It was a bit much, so the next stage had me cutting each slice into four pieces.  Still much too hot, so eight pieces.  Not enough, so for the fourth slice I cut it into six segments.  Just right.  I took home four slices of Jalapeño and some tortilla chips, with the remaining extra hot and mild salsa.  My best Mexican meal since Mexico.  Cost? $30 with tip.  I now tip generously.

Kailua Beach:

I dropped off on Pali Highway to walk home, and noticed this temple at the Tenricultural (Did they forgot to insert the "al"?) Center:

I've never seen so many tamarinds on one tree...and there are three of them.  I love tamarinds.  The fruit tastes like natural see moi, or Wikipedia lists this as cracked seed.

Walking up to where I live, I noticed for the first time a sign of this place, and I've been here now for more than three years:

On 29April2018 this daily blog site will be ten years old.  As of today there have been 3546 postings.  For the record, SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR PLANET EARTH AND HUMANITY could attract by the end of the day 93,000 visitors this past month.   If you divide by 31, there then would be 3,000 visitors/day during this period.  At the beginning of this year, the average was around 300/day.  Why a sudden factor of ten amplification in the tenth year of postings is just another mystery of life I can't explain.

There are two ocean storms brewing, but neither is expected to do much damage, if any at all.  In the East Pacific, Kenneth will become a Category 2 hurricane, but eventually move into colder waters and dissipate before bothering Hawaii:

Here are various computer models, though, showing a wide range of paths and strengths:

Hato in the West Pacific will become a typhoon, moving between Taiwan and the Philippines, and seems headed for the general Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton--and Chinese food from Guangzhou is still referred to as Cantonese cuisine) direction:


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