04.10.2011 - 04.10.2011 25 °C
We adventure not to far from home today to sample free macadamian nuts at the local farm. Yum yum! Behind the store is a tour. The Ali'i tour. We climb into an old open air bus and drive past a number of local plants that are used for medicinal purposes and some just for their beautiful flowers. Mw come to a small clearing with seats and a stage. there is a group of Koreans seated already. as we walk across to seat ourselves we can't help but be aware they are all watching so.... Of course I wave and tKe a bow and enjoy some friendly laughter. The men who do this tour are the same men who did the Samoan show at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The main man is Chief Sielu Avea who was son funny before. He starts with much the same program, but with a smaller group he has some fun with us. We are able to see close up his fire making abilities using only the coconut husks and hibiscus wood. We are able to sample the freshly grated coconut meat which is delicious. He has a young Korean woman on her honey moon help and she is very timid but does as he asks.
He does a fire dance and it is very cool to see it so close up.He then gives all the children a woven head wreath and explains which side the flower should be to indicate married or single. He then says as part of the ceremony they kiss cheeks. She is not thrilled, but fianly pecks the one cheek. He then turns the other and asks for another kiss. She does it quickly thinking that't it. He then says he has more cheeks and to turn around. Shr slowly turns her back to him and the look on her face is priceless. As she gamely tenses for what ever he plans she is surprised by the other men coming up the other way to get kisses. She is very relieved and gives them all a quick kiss with laughter. The ceif then asks is anyone else on their honeymoon. All 25 women put up their hands. Wow, it has to be a special honeymoon tour. So they give all the women headbands and I guess seeing the five Americans and Canadians sitting there give us one as well.
We now board a boat to circle the fish pond. This was made 800 years ago and is still used to harvest fish. At high tide the gates allow small fish to come in which feed the larger fish who are waiting inside the gates. We see the Island that was used to film Gilligan's Island as well as Lost, the cafe where 50 First Dates was filmed, An ER episode, a newer show Off the Map and an African movie. After a photo op we continue the tour by vehicle and see more of the working farm.
The afternoon is spent relaxing as a few showers stroll by, before we set out in the kayak. The winds are up but manageable we do some kayak surfing which is exciting when you catch the wave right. We caught one wrong but were able to get it flipped over and back in with no problems.
Our neighbor, Cathy, who is here to take a Lomi Lomi massage course offers me a free Lomi after dinner.
Okay picture this. The sun has set the massage table is set up om the lania with the waves rolling onto the rocks just feet from my head. The wind is blowing my hair and I am laying naked under a sheet with Hawaiian music playing and Roger and Cathy's fiancé sit talking on the lanai. Lomi is a traditional massage that has spiritual ties that went underground for a time when the missionaries came to the islands. It is a healing massage and it was wonderful.
One thing I failed to mention on Monday. the tsunami warning sirens went off. Kind of spooky. We learned this happens the first Monday of the month as a test.