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Hawaii May 2013

Home from Hawaii

Home from Hawaii

There are approximately 5107 miles between Kona, Hawaii and my home town of Bath, Maine. Going that distance yesterday required 2 cars, 2 airplanes and 2 shuttle busses. It also took, for me, a deep breath and a few tears…

Friday: Heavenly Manini

Friday: Heavenly Manini

8:50 a.m. SwimVacation Hawaii guests and guides stand on Manini Beach, looking out at Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook monument, on the opposite side.  Our arrival here was less than perfect. I marched into this little seaside park after parking our…

Thursday: Dolphins.

Thursday: Dolphins.

What a day. Packed with stuff, all dictated by this island and its hold on us. First, a word about our base camp and home, Hale Ohia Kai. Hale – meaning home. Check. Ohia, a local sustainable hard wood, used…

Wednesday: Lomi Lomi

Wednesday: Lomi Lomi

9:03 a.m. I’m driving an 11 passenger, 27 foot long 4WD van on a road made of lava rocks.   We have this van filled with our guests, guides, an SUP, and a cooler filled with drinks and snacks. We…

Tuesday: Blue Raspberry Slushy

Tuesday: Blue Raspberry Slushy

  6:30 a.m. Guide Heather and I are pedaling bikes from our guide shack to the Hale (home), where our guests are staying. While cruising past the surf break at Lyman’s cove, I notice a guy playing guitar, singing and…

Monday: Getting Wet

Monday: Getting Wet

Hawaii is loaded with crazy fruit. We eat it for breakfast and bring it with us when we go for swims. Apple bananas, for one, are unlike your typical supermarket banana. They are only 4 inches long, and have a…

Sunday: Time to Share the Aloha

Sunday: Time to Share the Aloha

Up early to the sound of the waves still pounding out the door. Surfers beat the morning light. We have much to do to prepare for the arrival of our guests. Our local guard now guide, Ryan McGuckin arrives to…

Saturday: Beach 69 and the Apple Banana

Saturday: Beach 69 and the Apple Banana

We’ve been working on this SwimVacation Kona trip for over a year.  Clients arrive tomorrow, so today was spent putting a shine on it; buying stuff for swag bags, renting bikes and snorkel gear, test driving some of the swims….

Hawaii calling

Hawaii calling

Eventually, everything ends up in the ocean. If you follow Ocean Minded on Instagram (@beoceanminded), you’ll see that powerful sentence on their profile page. It rang true for me the second I read it. True in the ecological and environmental…