01.10.2011 - 02.10.2011 28 °C
Another beautiful sunrise. I love that the forecast is for over cast skies, and a chance of rain and a chance of thundershowers, but we have had great sunny skies with the occasional cloud rolling over which is a nice break from the sun.
Today's plan had us walking down the highway to Kaolua Ranch. It is a large working ranch that has a variety of activities. Today is a fair there. We are able to watch an all girls rodeo, the theme being 'Tough Enough to Wear Pink with a tie in to breast cancer research. We watch two events, the first is a race down the field grape vine back around eight posts, a second pass through the posts and straight back to the start. Of course you are not to knock down the posts. The best time was around 23 seconds. The second event had the grips in a chute. When a calf was released the girls had to ride along and grab a ribbon off it's back. The quickest ones took less than three seconds. Some never managed to get the ribbon. The calves were herded back along a fenced corridor to run again.
The funniest part was the when a dog on a leash broke away from it's family and headed for the arena. He got under the fence and ran up the corridor herding the calves back to the field and taking out the cowboy who was herding them. Three kids followed along outside the fence. the dog disappears for the moment only to appear inside the arena where numerous cowboys and cowgirls try to grab the leash. He makes a break for it and takes off behind us never to be seen again.
They have lots of events for the keiki as well as discounted tickets to do their ranch and movie site tour. Lost was filmed here as was Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Hawaii 5-O, and a number of other shows. We passed on the tour, but stopped for lunch as the grass fed beef is supposed to be really good. So the burgers were good, but the lady behind the counter was less than friendly. The entertainment was sparse and the local craft booths were ... Well they weren't there which is what we hoped for. We did check out the store there, but anything we liked that was local was pricy or made in China.
We took some time to enjoy our walk home, visit with both sets of neighbors and we ran into our housekeeper and her son.
We thought we might take the kayak north to Kanaha beach, but once we started out the waves got a little bigger that I liked. While the kayak is a big heavy one, it will still tip and I just didn't like the idea of trying to get back on in front of the point here where there is no beach, just rocks. We caught a few waves coming back and while it was exciting it was a little too scary for me.
The sun sets here early and we thought about heading up to the Crouching Dragon for karaoke, but after a nice dinner and a glass of wine..... So they do have a tv, but I won't watch live tv - too many commercials we were prepared with 'Phantom of the Opera'. I have always loved the music and story, but the movie just went on and on, I think I also found Christine's slack mouth stare at the phantom annoying.
The next comment reflects the laid back atmosphere in Hawaii, however this laid back thing does not apply to the driving. No one goes the speed limit especially on Oahu, maui was a little calmer. Just in from of our place last night someone took out part of the guard rail. We never heard a thing. Also on our way down the highway some had lost their boat off their trailer.
Here people ride on the backs of trucks, almost no one wears bike helmets on bikes or motorcycles, and life jackets seem to be only for the tourists.