BYE BYE HONOLULU – HELLO HANALEI BAY
The breeze in the bay smells like vegetation and flowers, there are high green cliffs all around and huge waterfalls falling down off them. Where are we? No, it’s not Keehi Lagoon… and yes, we are in Hanalei Bay, in Kauai, the most beautiful anchorage… at least in the whole of Hawaii.
After working really hard to get Bamboleiro ready for the next big passage back to the cold and foggy weather, we finally took off from Keehi Lagoon and we sailed 115 miles NW to Kaui. One of the most important changes in Bamboleiro is that now she has a new third crew named Josh. Josh is the perfect crew, he doesn’t eat, drink or whine, mainly because he is just a mechanism that steers the boat in relationship to the wind; he is our new windvane, and so far he’s working like a dream. In our trip to Kauai we didn’t get tired of watching Josh work; the boat moves away from its course, then the wind paddle gets pushed in one direction or the other and that moves a whole mechanism that at the end moves the paddle in the water, which pulls the lines that are attached to the tiller in the right direction so that the boat goes back to the right and initial course, right at the same angle with the wind that it was set at the beginning. We decided to name it Josh in honor to the guy who helped us drill, bend and smash the heavy stainless steel tubing we made into brackets to mount the vane. He wasn’t the most friendly, talkative or social person ever, but he was very efficient, just what we expect from our windvane, and so we thought it was a good name for it.
Apart from working on Bamboleiro, we also enjoyed the last weeks in Honolulu. We hiked the three peaks of Olomano and we kayaked to the Mokes from Kailua Beach, where we found a World War II plane sunk and stuck on a reef; sorry, can’t post the coordinates because they’re secret. And of course we did some surfing as well. Our last time turned out to be quite epic due to a big summer south swell. Last week in Honolulu we sold our surfboards and bikes. Although it was really sad to get rid of the boards, we want to believe that there will be some more surfing in our lives hopefully not very far away in the future.
Our plan right now is to stay in Hanalei Bay for a week or maybe two… In that time we want to explore the area a little bit, maybe do some kayaking, hiking and swimming in this beautiful bay, while we prepare ourselves mentally to do some +2000 miles of cold sailing back to San Francisco at the beginning of July.
Here are some photos of our last weeks in Honolulu
|Bye bye Waikiki|
|Josh, our new monitor windvane|
|Hike to the three peaks of Olomano|
|Kayak trip to the Mokes in Kailua|
|We were not the only ones there|
|Bye bye Keehi Lagoon. Yes! this is Keehi|
|View of Oahu as leave the island towards Kauai|
|Hello Hanalei Bay, it's nice to have a nice sand beach again!|
|Just like in French Polynesia, there are canoe racing every afternoon|