I slowed down a bit for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I worked on the blog, toured sites close to Hilo, and took walks near the hotel.
Opi, who visits where she is welcome, helped me with the blog. On one of my walks I found a flower I wanted to photograph but didn’t. An iPhone snap may remind me for another time.
Another picture of Cana indica growing across the street from our hotel, The Dolphin Bay Hotel.
Thursday, March 2
Ray and Nada Carruthers took us on an adventure.
Ray and Nada’s back yard at the house they are renting near Hilo.
We drove back to Volcanoes National Park and the ocean on the south east side of the island. We visited a Punalu’u Black Sand Beach Park.
Ray and Nada on the extrusive igneous rock formed by the cooled lava.
Next coffee orchards and specific plots where Ray (with field help from Nada) is studying the coffee berry borer. Tim works on computer simulations for this project. Look for HERMES on this link to see a diagram of Tim’s model. The goal is to control the insect with biological controls.
I set up my camera to take a picture (115 pictures combined actually) of coffee berries that need help. Note the tiny beetles working their way in to lay eggs.
On to a Buddhist Temple for a quiet visit. The Dalai Lama has visited twice.
Moving on to a coffee mill for samples and posters about coffee growing and production.
It was a wonderful day!
Friday, March 3
It’s time to pack and go. Our plane leaves at 10 tonight and we should be back in Brooktondale by Saturday night. Thanks Chris and D for watching the house and our dog Parker.
Thanks to all the people in Hawai’i who made this visit special. I’d love to return another time.