January 25, 2008

On the beach at A-bay


On the beach at A-bay
Originally uploaded by thrustoleum
After a long day of biking and swimming. It is gorgeous here.
Posted by todd at 08:13 PM

Maps


Maps
Originally uploaded by thrustoleum
Tammy sez: this is where we're swimming and biking today (Hapuna).
Posted by todd at 09:26 AM

January 24, 2008

cheap airfares to the big island

People have been asking sooooo: looks like right now ATA has the best rates ( ata.com): you can get a roundtrip from Oakland OAK to Kona KOA in mid-March for about $350.
Posted by todd at 11:38 PM

January 23, 2008

Tammy working the interwebs


Tammy working the interwebs
Originally uploaded by thrustoleum
Our living room doubles as Tammy's compustation, and her monitor
doubles as our tv. We have no other furniture in the living room
right now ;-)
Posted by todd at 10:25 AM

January 22, 2008

Dumping rain this morning


Dumping rain this morning
Originally uploaded by thrustoleum
It's like there's a giant magic bucket in the sky and it's just
endlessly dumping on us.
Posted by todd at 09:29 AM

January 21, 2008

Incredible day in Kohala

We had the most amazing day near home in North Kohala on the Big Island.
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The forecast at home in Kapa'au called for rain (and sure enough we were treated to a massive rainbow just after sunrise), so we decided to drive about twenty minutes south to Kawaihae to go snorkeling in a drier area. When we arrived we weren't sure what to expect-- we'd never been to this snorkeling spot before. The path down to the water certainly looked inviting.
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As we came close to the cove, we spotted humpback whales just offshore! Spouts, heads, spyhopping, a back, and some flipper-slapping. Just as we put the camera away to climb down the cliff and get into the water, we saw a whale jump completely out of the water and come crashing down. Unbelievable. We hiked further down the trail to the cove and were treated to an unbelievably clear and deep pool-like entry cove.
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We could still see whales cavorting just offshore, so we quickly donned our snorkeling gear and jumped into water. While we snorkeled around the cove and the endless acres of coral beyond, we could hear whalesong every time we dove down into the water. The whales sounded so close, like you could just reach out and touch them. We saw a ton of reef fish including parrotfish, tangs, wrasses, butterflyfish, and triggerfish. While we snorkeled, a lone fisherman cast his line off the rocks.
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After hours of swimming around the endless acres of coral, we were forced to get out of the water to eat and reheat. We didn't want to, but relaxing on the shore was pretty nice too. We packed up and headed back home, taking the long mountain route back via Waimea. We will definitely need to spend more time at our new favorite snorkeling spot!
Posted by todd at 10:25 PM

January 18, 2008

Big island Big K


Big island Big K
Originally uploaded by thrustoleum
It seemed like all we did our first week here is shop for basic
housewares.
Posted by todd at 10:41 AM

Driving near Hakalau


Driving around Kohala
Originally uploaded by thrustoleum
Near pigboy's place, about 20 minutes north of Hilo.
Posted by todd at 10:37 AM

January 06, 2008

Countdown to Hawaii

Well, as you may know, we're moving to Hawaii tomorrow morning. We've packed absolutely the bare essentials for living out there for six months. We found an unfurnished 3 br house in Kapa'au to rent. Our friend Ben in Hilo is going to help us get setup there (which, as our move approaches, we've realized is an absolutely essential godsend).
Please come visit us if you can, and use our house as a base to explore the island. We won't always be able to run around with you because we'll be working while we're there, but we'll share what we know about the Big Island and suggest places to experience. Our phone numbers and email addresses will stay the same, so you can easily reach us. Our mailing address is just:
Tammy and Todd Stellanova, General Delivery, Kapa'au HI 96755

Posted by todd at 10:15 AM