#68 Eliana's Final Post

  •  9/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
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Our life has taken an unexpected turn.  The call came unexpectedly.  Hawaii in summertime is wonderful by boat, or by any other means. Debbie had mentioned she wanted me to remind her always how much she loves palm trees, sun and ocean. The August post for Eliana’s Journal was in process save just a few more pictures I wanted to add.  We were in the midst of planning Eliana’s next passage bound for Fiji.  I had already scoped a killer metal detector I could use at Nikumaroro Island where Amelia ...
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#67 Puff The Magic Dragon

  •  6/20/2012 12:00:00 AM
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... lived by the sea, and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee.  The author that penned the lyrics to this song by Peter, Paul and Mary says there is no connection whatever to Hanalei Bay on the northern shore of Kauai.  That doesn’t keep at least some of the locals from pointing out their own dragon lying peacefully along the valley, head in the water guarding the community.  Once you see the dragon shape, it’s impossible not to notice it each time you look up into the misty ...
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#66 Kauai Reconnaissance

  •  5/18/2012 12:00:00 AM
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We want to move Eliana to Kauai in June.  It’s not far, about 100 nautical miles, but our preferred Kauai base anchorage is on the north shore at Hanalei Bay.  To prepare for the trip, we thought it would be a good idea to go there for a couple of days to check things out.   Our nephew Kyle and his wife Stephanie were already vacationing on the big island with plans to spend a few days on Kauai, so this looked like the perfect opportunity.  We worked out a plan to have them join us for an over...
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#65 Island Time

  •  4/30/2012 12:00:00 AM
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Eliana and her crew are preparing for a summer of boating in Hawaii.  It’s the best time of year because there are so many more anchorage opportunities, especially on the windward sides.  Our interest about all things nearby is rising.  Noticeably, the old familiar itch to move on hasn’t hit us yet despite the positive reinforcement we get from sailors passing through.  One such traveler said, “If you think this is heaven, prepare to be blown away if you keep going.”   I never really knew for ...
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#64 Springtime in O'ahu

  •  3/17/2012 12:00:00 AM
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Crazy to say, but the season is definitely changing.  Winter is giving way to spring providing an occasional taste of how predictably glorious summer boating will be in Hawaii.  Debbie and I have been busy with guests and some travel commitments, but are now ready to get back at it.  Our goal is to explore the whole state, land and sea.  After spending some time cruising around this island, I’m convinced Eliana is perfectly suited for Hawaiian waters and anchorages.  I’m working through a couple...
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#63 Waikiki

  •  2/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
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One of Oahu’s modern myths is that Waikiki and Oahu are synonymous.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Oahu is mostly rural and a land of contrast, densely packed with interesting choices.  Little by little, we hope to begin peeling the onion.  We’ve got our work cut out for us!  But then, sparkling on the southern shore with the island landscape as a backdrop is Waikiki tucked neatly at the foot of Diamond Head.  There, within Ala Wai Harbor lies the Waikiki Yacht Club.   We decided t...
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