Thanksgiving

Trip Start Nov 18, 2005
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Trip End Dec 01, 2005


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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving all!!

What a killer day, we got settled in the 2nd farm we were to stay (N20 39.308 W156 03.691). What an amazing place! First off, there was twice as much stuff here then the first farm. By stuff I mean food, trails, cliff jumps, more remote places to go swimming, killer water pools, ATV's, rope swings, water falls, this is mentioning a few.

I remember walking into the first farm thinking damn this can't get any better, I have been corrected. This place, well, look at the pictures and the video.

Basically we had time only to set our stuff down and take some quick v/p then run up to Hana to get our contribution to thanksgiving and lots of beer.

On the way up to Hana we stopped by a few water falls on the side of the road to take more v/p (N20 40.984 W156 01.537) (N20 40.984 W156 01.823). What a great trip!! I highly recommend taking the trip to Hana up the back Hana Highway. If you're squeamish about driving on the edge of a cliff I'd suggest getting someone else to drive. The only place I can compare this road to is the Mt Washington road but where the Mt Washington road is a few miles the Hana Highway is about fifty. We got to Hana and parked right next to Kris Kristofferson who I looked at and barely recognize, but was starring long enough to get bitched at.

Back to the farm.

We got back and I ran around to get the lamb leg finished. I ran out in the herb garden grabbed some peppermint and spearmint, picked it from the stems chopped it finely combined with a clove of garlic stuffed it in slits I cut earlier; I season the leg with Hawaiian salt then wrapped the hell of it with foil. Brought it down to the place where we were to have the Luau (N20 39.101 W156 03.537). Threw it in the fire and let it cooked. Now it was time to throw back a few beers and see how the Hawiians cook their food.

In the video you will see Uncle John and Tye uncover the emoo cooked turkey, venison, sweet potatoes and bread fruit. In later video Uncle John gives a description of the process and the difference between Polynesian and Hawaiian emoo style cooking. You will notice his accent and terms he uses. That's called pigeon. Pigeon is a language that began it's evolution about a hundred and fifty years ago when the sugar plantation owners decided to desegregate their workers, resulting in an assimilation of about ten different languages. It's really cool!! If you want to add to your Hawaiian experience I suggest picking up an English to Hawaiian (pigeon) dictionary.

So the food was done, everyone set it on the tables, so now it's time to go powndom (pigeon for: go to a place where there is lots of food and eat it all!!)

Right before the hula dance my damn battery died on me so I had to take the four-wheeler back up to the house and grab another one, but found some asshole had unplugged the charger. I'm sure it was innocent but I lost a ton of good footage because the battery I got only lasted about ten minutes.

After the blessing Senator Kalani English gave a speech as to how this was the only still existing thanksgiving luau on the island, and made mention to the importance of the Hawaiians to hold on to their heritage and keep the tradition alive. Later on I asked Senator Kalani if he had any suggestions for travelers intending to visit Maui. There were two issues he felt strong about,"When driving down the Hana Highway, pull over for locals!" Let me explain, this is the only access road to Hana, when you are driving slow because you're scared of driving off a cliff and a local starts riding your ass. You are hurting the economy of the island in that that local is probably working, whether it be delivering something or going to work, you're slowing him down. Second he mentioned,"respect private property, get permission before entering someone's land!" Most of the coolest places on the island are on private property. I was very fortunate to have the guides I did as it seemed they knew everyone on the island. Later on in this blog you will see one family's ingenious way of coping/capitalizing off this issue. Attached is a picture Senator Kalani's card.

I went to use the facilities in the woods, came back and saw Woody Haralson walking over to one of the tables of food. My buddy Tom walks right over to him and begins asking about cool places in that area to go. Woody had a ton of suggestion including a cool place of five pools with a rope swing on the top pool and an 80 foot cliff jump, both on his property. Tom got permission!!! That will be the first thing we do tomorrow!!

I walked over to the edge of the property to see if I could squeeze enough power out of the battery I had to get a picture of Woody, no such luck. I walked back to see if there was any food left, got in line, right behind Kris Kristopherson. He mentioned he saw us in Hana. I asked him if he knew any cool places to check out. He noted a few which I will make reference as we go.

"Let's go swimming!" Joy shouted. Ok! We packed in Fea two guys and six gorgeous girls from the farm. Went down the road to a place where a waterfall runs off the island into the ocean, purely beautiful!! (N20 38.830 W156 03.776) It was a little hundred yard hike to the rock beach. We get there and off come all the clothes, ya know when in Rome. Very refreshing! Cold water coming down from the crater, and the warm salt water from the ocean, makes for a perfect temperature.

After a bit we headed back where they were building a tipi bonfire, it started with wood planks in a tipi construct; the boards were layered with toilet paper doused in bio-diesel. Each piece of paper extended from the structure on four sides as wicks. Once the sun went down they lit the wicks. It slowly fused up to the top where the rest of the bio-diesel ignited setting the whole construct on fire.

Once the fire was lit Jess and some other girl began a really cool fire dance (see the video)

After that it was beer and talking, not much else. See you tomorrow
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