|Eureka! I found it! Sort of...|
Sadly, as thrilled as I was to at last discover the refuge, I must say, there was not a beast nor fowl visible in the great expanses below us in the valley. Of course, had there been a thousand birds down there, for the distance, I doubt I would have known what I was looking at anyway.
The refuge is full of endangered plants and wildlife, so is closed to the public, and so I was happy to at least get a grand view of the operations. The ponds are great habitat for birds I saw earlier in the week, like the Hawaiian Gallinules, Coots and Koloa (Hawaiian Duck).
|The refuge has around 180 acres of Taro fields|
|You can't see it from this photo, but on the far shore...|
|baseball sized gray crabs wandered around the shore|
There were lots of Hawaiian orb spiders on the shore too... they were about the span of ping-pong balls
We headed off, along the shore near Anini Beach, and I happened to look up and I went ballistic! A Great Frigatebird was soaring along overhead. Miracaulously I managed to get several good shots of the huge pelagic bird, all the more miraculous as I got my shots through the car windshield and the moon roof. Talk about your dumb luck.
|Great Frigate bird, or 'Iwa, as seen through the moon roof|
|Clockwise from white rice, Spicy Korean Clam Poke, Kimchee |
(spicy/fermented cabbage) and Pork Laulau (Pork steamed in taro leaves)
|colorful cloth homages to the sea|
|Coconut Leaf Art|
Is that cool or what? No clue how I'm going to get it home, but get it home I will! I would have bought it without the grasshopper, but the guy added a second freebee, a cute, woven rose, which you can see on the side of the basket in the photo below.
|The basket man and his pooch are not flipping the bird, they're giving me the 'Shaka'|
|Steve with a coconut Butterfly fish over Wailua Falls|