January, 2004 - Issue #32






 Bob wires together some  new computer hardware on the first day of the year.  Notice Camille's new 17" flat panel monitor which replaced her old cathode ray monitor.  It takes up much less space on the desk and is probably better for her health.



Camille snacks on half of a baked "ulu" or breadfruit.  The taste and texture is somewhere between roasted chestnuts, baked sweet potato and boiled taro.




Bob started these in pots a couple of winters ago and they continue to thrive and turn red at Christmas.



I suppose you can safely say that we are fixated on our garbage.  This is everything we generated in December - a total of 41 pounds.  It was a bad month because the new computer components came packed in styrofoam.  Nevertheless, we still managed to recycle 91% by weight (81% by volume.)  It rained so much at the beginning of the month that we were unable to lay it all out and take photos until January 4th.

This is the stuff that made it to the landfill - 3.5 pounds or 1.28 cubic feet.



Just another Tuesday doing what I do.  Here I sit on Dino who is busy kicking at flies on his belly.  His tail is too short to be effective and the fly spray only works for about 3 minutes.  The Piiholo is in the background and beyond that, West Maui.  It was such a clear day that you can see the cut of the Pali on West Maui.

Dino most likely lost his tail from eating Hale Koa.  We learned about the effects on horses of this scrubby mesquite-like tree while on Guam.  They call it Tangan Tangan there.  The US Navy re-seeded Guam with this plant after the war had removed most of the vegetation from that god-forsaken rock.  It tastes really good to horses but if they eat enough of it, the hairs in their tail drop out leaving them with a tiny little fly swatter.


On the same day, I took a picture of the beef cattle spread out along the road that leads down to the slaughterhouse.  

This pretty tree is the native Koa (Acacia Koa) which has all but disappeared from the Hawaiian Islands due to forest clearing for agriculture, cattle grazing and feral pig activity.  It has been nicknamed Hawaiian Mahogany because it is considered by many woodworkers and furniture makers to be one of the most beautiful, precious and rare tropical hardwoods.  When finished, the wood is highly lustrous, with beautiful hues of gold, red, and brown.




Shaun and Pam arranged a free boat tour and snorkel for 6 of us aboard the Pride of Maui on January 18.  It is plain to see that Pamela is very much at home on the water.  She ran a small boat tour operation in Alaska before coming to Maui over a year ago.  Shaun is wearing a Biodiesel tee shirt that Pamela created which says, "Your Fries Give Me Gas" and she has on one of her many wolf tee shirts.

Bob picked a nice seat on the top deck in front of the Captain's position. 

This is Molokini with Haleakala in the background.

Looking in the other direction, we were able to see Lanai in the distance.

We dropped anchor just inside the old crater and everyone jumped in for a snorkel.  Afterwards, Pamela scopes out the waters for signs of whales.  On the way back, the captain stopped the boat so we could watch several Humpback whales frolic in front of us.  It was very exciting to see these immense animals swimming so fast towards each other and then jumping out of the water, blowing bubbles and slapping the surface with their flippers.



Mike and Ronda were greeted warmly at the Kahului Airport by us and by Ronda's friend Lynn on January 26 leaving them with two sets of flower leis.  Bob snapped this photo while we all hung out beside baggage carousel number 3.  Ronda lived on Maui 20 years ago before the arrival of an obscene number of big box stores.  She lived in Makawao and Napili and perhaps in a few other Maui towns.

Mike Did not come empty-handed.  He presented us with this large bottle of home made wine.



Mike and Ronda joined the other guests at the rail to listen to Camille's pre-ride orientation.  Using Dino, she explains what it means when he moves his ears in certain ways.


Camille and Pukea lead the way up the hill and through the gate.




Ronda (second from the left) and Mike joined hands in obvious enjoyment for the great outdoors and each other's company.    They are both avid hikers.  Mike  has hiked twenty-six 14,000 foot Colorado peaks since moving there, thirteen of which Ronda and he hiked together last summer.

Ronda on Diez and Mike atop Grizz pose for a snapshot in front of our destination, the Pi'iholo cinder cone.  West Maui lies beyond.

Camille, after the ride with her buddy, Pukea.



Hi ho - it's off to work he goes.  On Thursday, January 29th, Bob flew to Oahu to learn the Biodiesel manufacturing process.  His little blue rental car sits in the  Oahu Biofuels lot, dwarfed by giant storage tanks.

This is the view of the Biodiesel plant with the Koolaus in the background.



Bob waits at the Honolulu International Airport for his mosquito-sized commuter plane courtesy of Pacific Wings.

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