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s/v Kaimu Wharram Catamaran

Vessel Name: Kaimu
Vessel Make/Model: Wharram Custom
Hailing Port: Norwalk, CT
Crew: Andy and the Kaimu Crew
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Recent Blog Posts
18 August 2017 | st marys, ga

TFH Again

The actual temperature, in the shade, hit 105 in the boatyard. Officially it was 118 heat index and 98 at Point Peter, right around the corner. It was the humidity that made it impossible to contemplate physical labor, but in spite of the exodus of yardbirds to other cooler climates, there still remained [...]

15 August 2017 | st marys, ga

Paddling the Canoe

The Hawaii trip was at its end. We visited my parents’ grave and I flew out to Honolulu later, then left for the mainland.

14 August 2017 | Kohala Mountains, Hawaii

Mo'okini Heiau

Daughter’s boyfriend, an archaeologist, wanted to visit the Mo’okini heiau, which is a sacred ceremonial site, probably used for human sacrifice. It dates from the 5th century and is one of the oldest sites in the Hawaiian Islands.

13 August 2017 | Volcano National Park, Hawaii

Halema'uma'u

We went up the road from Pohoiki on the south coast to rendezvous with my two brothers, then continued on the main highway to Kea'au, then turned left up the mountain. The road goes up the north shoulder of Mauna Loa, considered the largest mountain in the world based on mass. On its flank is Kilaeua, [...]

13 August 2017 | Wa'a Wa'a, Puna, Hawaii

Puna Beach Road

Here is a link to some nice photos of the beach road, or King's Highway, from near Kaloli Point in Paradise Park, Puna, Hawaii, to (almost) Kalapana near Cape Kumukahi.

13 August 2017 | Kalapana, Ka'u, Hawaii

Lava Viewing at Kalapana

Here is a link to an album on flickr of photos taken on the road to Kapoho, then to Pohoiki, then to Kalapana, back to Pohoiki to board a boat for lava viewing where the lava pours into the steaming ocean.

TFH Again

18 August 2017 | st marys, ga
Capn Andy/100 degrees F.
The actual temperature, in the shade, hit 105 in the boatyard. Officially it was 118 heat index and 98 at Point Peter, right around the corner. It was the humidity that made it impossible to contemplate physical labor, but in spite of the exodus of yardbirds to other cooler climates, there still remained a few, not like me, a few who were working, doing hard physical labor, to get their boats back in service.
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One captain said it was folly to launch a boat this time of year, in the heat, in the hurricane season. I suspect he has a clandestine air conditioning unit on his boat, back in the corner of the boatyard.
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This time last year I was up in Maryland, preparing to sail the little C&C 24 down. I knew better than to set sail too early and end up in the gulag with the high heat index. I ended up down here the end of September and then hurricane Matthew hit the first week of October.
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Before Matthew came through there was Hermione which passed offshore of the Chesapeake the day before I set sail. That would be around Sept. 1 or the very end of August, so we are still a couple weeks away from that hurricane window of last year. I would say it is OK to launch now if you head north right away. You can go inland if something is coming up the coast, or keep going. It certainly isn’t pleasant here right now and won’t be for about a month or so.
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I tried to make another panorama, this one of sunset on Mauna Loa, and it came out OK, so I sent the full size panorama to my sister in law in Hawaii, who gave us an excellent time in Honolulu. The pixel count on that one is almost 6000 horizontally, so it is a high res image, about 2 megs, and would print out well in a large format. My 11X17 printer wouldn’t do it justice. It was shot at a high ISO, but the image doesn’t seem to have any graininess or noise. The edges are sharp and the panoramic boundary between the two parent shots is very hard to find. I guess my photo ops here in the swamp are more limited, but there is a solar eclipse headed our way. Hmm.
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I’m ready to start some work on the boats, but aiming to keep out of the sun, and also limit myself to little projects that don’t require a lot of physical exertion. So, I bought a plank of poplar wood at the local home improvement store to make a rudder for the outrigger canoe.
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This reminds me that at 18 feet, my canoe would be too long for Boot Key Harbor, where Captain Webb Chiles reports that every boat moored there has to have a holding tank and a permanent installed head. The limit at the dinghy dock is 14 feet, so that is the kapu for the outrigger canoe, too long. A smaller sailing boat will ususally have porta-pottie, and when I look at the application for anything there, a mooring ball, anchorage, or to use the dinghy dock, the application form has provisions for “portable toilet”, as well as composting heads, etc. But in the rules and regulations they stipulate that you must have a permanent head with a holding tank. Obviously it is an example of bureaucrat A writing up the categories in the application form, and laywer B writing up the wording in the rules and regulations. Lawyer B has never crapped in an old oaken bucket, which is an example of what is wrong with this country.
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My plan to make two rudder/daggerboards hit a snag when I miscalculated and only added up the half breadths (hey, that’s a word) instead of the full thicknesses of the foil. I ended up buying enough wood to make only 1 board, and so I will do that. It’s more efficient to make 2 boards at the same time, but in this heat I can poke along and make one board and see how it comes out.

Paddling the Canoe

15 August 2017 | st marys, ga
Capn Andy/100 degrees F.
The Hawaii trip was at its end. We visited my parents’ grave and I flew out to Honolulu later, then left for the mainland.
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My niece Gina was working downtown Hilo at an exhibition of the new northwest islands and reefs that have been declared a marine sanctuary by President Obama, a Hawaiian. The politics of the mainland seem far away, but the story of the reefs, Gina’s involvement as a schoolgirl in producing a video about them, her inclusion into a world class group of environmental students at UC Santa Barbara, and her later bachelor’s degree at Stanford, and her decision to return to Hawaii to pursue her graduate degrees here at home, all come full circle to this little dot in the ocean. Hilo, the city, the county seat of the county of Hawaii, is a small town. Everyone knows everyone else. There’s no NFL, NBA, or other national franchised sports team anywhere in Hawaii. The local high school teams are important, and the university is the biggest thing, sportswise.
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There have been many writers who have come to Hawaii to live, Paul Thereaux (?) and James Mitchener for instance. The food culture is vibrant with farm to table, maybe this is where it was rediscovered, how else are you going to get anything in Hawaii for your chefs? The surf culture, the canoe culture, the beach culture. My nieces and nephews are growing up bathed in this and take it for granted. No wonder Gina decided to come back to continue her academic work on her home island.
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I used to think that the culture of Hawaii was a shallow culture with deep pockets of individual cultures, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Mormons, the Native Hawaiians, and all the other little groups that band together with common language and ideals. No one is in the majority. All have to interact with others and so you have a common ground, a common culture that is somewhat shallow, but rich underneath. If you are here in Hawaii and comfortable in your surroundings with others who talk like you and understand your ways, you will frequently be challenged by an encounter with someone who is totally alien, but you have the superficial culture to communicate, get to know one another, and be introduced into another whole new universe.
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And on an island, you get to know everyone else, all the cultures, maybe not in depth, but all are aware that this is a special place. I’ve learned that there is always something new to learn and increase my understanding. It is a place where the earth is projecting its essence up through a volcano, the sea is washing over it with incessant surfing waves, the air is untouched as it cleanses itself over the oceans, only to arrive with puffy clouds and pure rainwater to shower on the volcano’s lava, steaming, bringing a profusion of tropical plants and fruits to life. This would be an ideal place to be if the rest of the world decides to blow itself apart with violence, religious or not, when the water gets scarce and the globe gets unlivable, when we can’t get along together, even in a large country.
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Now we are back in the swamps of Georgia, back in the gulag. There is news of what is basically a riot in Charlottesville, VA. It sounded like a right wing white supremacist rally gone wrong. Later more details came in, it was a reaction to the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee from a park in that city. In an age where marijuana is legal, same sex marriages are legal, there remains a reactionary element that to me is no different than the islamic fundamentalists. Before I retired, I found one of my clients to be an african-american church and I had to understand their ways. We talked a lot about things with the idea that they could educate this white boy who had no clue about video production of gospel singing. There was a huge cultural gulf between us. I was about math and science and not about religion. At one point someone said he hated something, he was using the word casually, like I hate internet ads, or something like that. I said it was important to be careful about the word “hate”. It closes the mind to reason, it creates a wall in your understanding, it prevents reasoning between people who “hate” each other. When I retired the fellows at the church were upset that I would no longer come visit them, they said I was like a brother to them.
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In Hawaii everybody is Auntie, or Uncle, Bruddah, Sistah, and there is a casual acceptance of people who are different, because everybody is different there, so many individual groups, all packed into a small island, all have to get along. Of course there is trouble there, the plaque at the Mo’okini heiau has “United States” on it, but someone had grafitti’d “White States” and now the United States is noticeably more highly polished. There are fights going on all over the world, and most of them are the result of careless use of the word “hate”.

Mo'okini Heiau

14 August 2017 | Kohala Mountains, Hawaii
Capn Andy/85 degree Tradewinds
Daughter’s boyfriend, an archaeologist, wanted to visit the Mo’okini heiau, which is a sacred ceremonial site, probably used for human sacrifice. It dates from the 5th century and is one of the oldest sites in the Hawaiian Islands.
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Mo’okini is on the Kohala Coast, north of Kona and Kwaihae. Maui looks near enough to swim over. A few miles away to the north is the town of Hawi, the northernmost town on the Big Island.
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Our drive started in Hilo and went over the refurbished Saddle Road which bisects the volcanoes, Mauna Kea to the north and Mauna Loa to the south. It terminates west of Waimea and one can turn left to drive down to Kailua-Kona or right to go to Kwaihae or Waimea. Kwaihae was our destination for pizza at Cafe Pesto. In Hawaii, Hawaiian pizza is Kalua Pig and fresh pineapple. Kalua pig is similar to barbecue pulled pork, it has the same shredded texture and smoky flavor, but traditional Hawaiian herbs like ti, banana stalks, and taro leaves make an aromatic unique flavor.
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We continued north and noticed a convenient place to photograph Maui, rising above the horizon to the northwest. It turned out to be the entrance of Lapakahi Village, a semi-restored ancient Hawaiian fishing village. It is a beautiful location and excellent place to launch a canoe, with a gravel beach of small round black lava and white coral stones.
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Onward to the north we searched for Mo'okini. It is not easy to get to. In the past it had been kapu except for ali’i and kahuna, forbidden to visitors except for chiefs and priests. The road to the site is unimproved, full of potholes, and proved impassable for our rental car. In the album of pictures, at:
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/8728395@N03/albums/72157685017097074
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there is a picture of one of the mud puddles, which I subsequently fell into, adding mud to a sore knee.
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The Mo’okini heiau is a pile of stones and, according to traditional tales, built in one night by a large army forming a bucket brigade and passing the stones one by one from the Pololu Valley almost 20 miles away. Another tale is that it was built by the Menehune, which are something like Hawaiian leprechauns. The size of the heiau can be seen in the photos at the above web address. Large flat bowl shaped stones were used for human sacrifice. There is a nice view of Maui across the channel. The base of Haleakela is obscured by clouds, but the peak can be seen clearly.
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After our hike to the heiau we headed for Hawi and some liquid refreshment. As the day drew to a close we continued along the highway through the Kohala Mountains, an area of large rolling hills with livestock and for us, a rainbow. We came down the heights above Waimea just as the sun was getting lower, the best time of day for landscape photography. Then the sun set and we were able to get some good shots of the hills along the Saddle Road.
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We finished the day with a late dinner at my brother’s house in Paradise Park. Mahalo Bro’.

Halema'uma'u

13 August 2017 | Volcano National Park, Hawaii
Capn Andy/Tradewinds 85 degrees
We went up the road from Pohoiki on the south coast to rendezvous with my two brothers, then continued on the main highway to Kea'au, then turned left up the mountain. The road goes up the north shoulder of Mauna Loa, considered the largest mountain in the world based on mass. On its flank is Kilaeua, the active volcano. Along the way we gathered up my sister and her husband, then went into the Volcanoes National Park. We took pictures at the Jaeger Museum which overlooks Halema'uma'u, the volcano's crater. Steam and fumes were pouring out of the giant crater. It is a crater within a crater within a crater. There is a road all the way around, but now it is closed due to the volcanic activity.
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I took a lot of photos due to my forgetting how to change the auto advance setting on the shutter button. It was hard to keep it down to 2 shots per click. The daylight pictures did not show the great depth of the crater or its size. Later towards sunset the photos got more and more interesting. I was increasing the digital "film speed" while keeping the lens at f11.
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After the sun set and the clouds began to glow, it seemed that every shot was photographic art, but it must happen every day here. It is at an altitude that enhances the sunset, plus we had clouds driven by the tradewinds jammed between Kilaeua and Mauna Loa boiling up, dark, below the sun's rays, topped by the brilliant orange and red clouds high up, Mauna Loa itself a dark low shape, slate.
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With the "film speed" advanced to about 1600, shutter exposure times were several seconds long and the quality of the shot depended on maintaining the camera steady, as well as catching the glowing fumes and steam from the volcano when they were not moving rapidly. About 1 in 3 photos came out OK. When I tried to shoot the moon, it disappeared behind the high clouds.
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I put the photos in another album on flickr at;
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/8728395@N03/albums/72157684843541951
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These are unretouched photos, so you can click on them, get the high res, download, and crop or photoshop them.

Puna Beach Road

13 August 2017 | Wa'a Wa'a, Puna, Hawaii
Capn Andy/Tradewinds 85 degrees
Here is a link to some nice photos of the beach road, or King's Highway, from near Kaloli Point in Paradise Park, Puna, Hawaii, to (almost) Kalapana near Cape Kumukahi.
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/8728395@N03/albums/72157684842403871

Lava Viewing at Kalapana

13 August 2017 | Kalapana, Ka'u, Hawaii
Capn Andy/Tradewinds 85 degrees
Here is a link to an album on flickr of photos taken on the road to Kapoho, then to Pohoiki, then to Kalapana, back to Pohoiki to board a boat for lava viewing where the lava pours into the steaming ocean.
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/8728395@N03/albums/72157685060995303
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