Too Nice to Stay Home

I really should have been doing some housework, but yesterday was such a lovely day!

First stop was FOC. Old habits die hard.

no one aboard

I was curious to see if anything was going on. No one was there. 😦 Shame, as it was a perfect day to do work on deck. Oh well. Moving on…

Natoma was heading out:


Star Princess was at Pier 10.

Rat guards:

Star Princess rat guards

Stack detail:

Star Princess stack detail



While I was up on the Aloha Tower observation deck, a lovely family from Boston asked me where Diamond Head was.

Oh…it’s over…there…oh…hmm…

They showed me the text in the tourist publication that said one could see Diamond Head from the tower.

I admit that I was quite dismayed that all that was visible through all of the buildings was just a small slice of mountain. No wonder they were confused!

Nakolo at Pier 14:


School of papio:

school of papio

Poor Moku Ahi. I guess someone is looking after her though. Still shiny:

Moku Ahi detail

Jury-rig fence repair with part of an old fan, producing something that looks like a steel spider’s web:

steel web

Ao Shibi IV:

Ao Shibi IV

Didn’t I say it was a nice day? Look at how clear the mountains are!

clear day

Gasp! A flying thing! Hawaiian Airlines plane overhead:

Hawaiian plane

Ocean Pathfinder heading past Mokihana:

Ocean Pathfinder passing Mokihana

I saw something moving in the water. At first I thought it might be a sea turtle, but it wasn’t behaving like one:

what is it

My best guess from what I saw…some sort of large ray?

Mikioi and the mystery animal in the foreground:

what is it 2

Mikioi again with Mokihana shifting to Pier 32:

Mikioi Mokihana

Horizon Lines gantry crane at work unloading Horizon Spirit:

Horizon gantry crane

As I was watching Mokihana, a fishing boat arrived at the pier. There were already a number of boats tied up and the captain was trying to squeeze in to the space that was left. The maritime version of parallel parking.

This was not a good idea:

oh oh too close



Quick post to catch up. Last Saturday (June 14) was a rather unproductive day. Aside from the routine tasks, all I did was scrub the rail. Oh…I also fed the fish around the ship.

I was pleased that I arrived early enough to get some photos of JRS Canis leaving:

JRS Canis

I have some other shots of the ship, but they’re pretty boring as they just show her at a distance at the pier.

Tira Lani assisting:

Tira Lani JRS Canis

I went on a short jaunt offshore on the pilot boat in the afternoon.

Matson’s RO-RO barge Waialeale with Diamond Head in the background:

Waialeale past Diamond Head

Captain Rich Demuth going aboard Maui:

RDemuth Maui

Mahalo to Captain Demuth and Paul.

Land Adventure

A friend invited me to tag along with a multi-organization team that was collecting and relocating native tree snails on the Wai‘anae Range.

My Saturdays are usually reserved for the ship, but how could I pass up such an opportunity? Sorry old girl.

Snails I helped to collect:


Not being in any sort of shape (yeah, sitting in front of a computer all day does not help), I didn’t make it all the way to the location where the snails were released. That’s okay. I plodded along at my own pace, stopping to check out interesting features, taking photos, enjoying the views and the cool breeze, and relishing just being.

Not the best photo, but here’s an ‘elepaio:


Rock versus tree:

interesting tree and rock

Approach to a rock tunnel along the trail:

Palehua rock tunnel

ʻŌhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha) detail:

ohia detail

A type of fruticose lichen:


A clearing along the ridgeline provided spectacular views.

Looking over Nānākuli out to sea:

view over Nanakuli to the sea

In the other direction, parts of the ‘Ewa Plain, Makakilo, Waipahu, Pearl City, Pearl Harbor, with Honolulu and Diamond Head in the distance (at the right side of the photo):

view from ridge

As I like to provide a different perspective when I can, here is a view from Honolulu Harbor looking toward the Wai‘anae Range:

Honolulu Harbor sm

Part of the communications station at the start of the trail:

drumset in the sky

It reminded me of some sort of giant Erector Set drum kit in the sky.

The day wasn’t totally without something maritime. On the way down, I took a picture of part of Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor from the truck.

Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor

According to the shipping schedule, the cargo ship is Pacific Korea. And…I think that’s Marisco’s dry dock?

Here’s part of the harbor from sea level, taken a few years ago:

Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor sealevel

Hunting Pirates

I’m not a fan of pirates. The fictional ones can be cheesy and the real life ones are…scum…to put it mildly.

However, I guess I can’t fault people for trying to capitalize on the popularity of the Jack Sparrow-esque, jolly pirate. It’s a living, isn’t it?

Treasure Seeker out of Kewalo Basin:

Treasure Seeker

Treasure Seeker twd Diamond Head

Also saw my first pod of wild dolphins at sea. Joy! Unfortunately, no pic. 😦

More Transpac. This is Bad Pak (I believe?) headed toward the finish line off Diamond Head:

Bad Pack

I have to say it’s bloody hard getting in focus, decently framed shots on a tossing sailboat!

Diamond Head and the lighthouse:

Diamond Head lighthouse

Surf was up along the coast!

Nice boat, but flying a pirate flag.

pretty boat

Conflict back at the pier. Crab tug-of-war!

crab tug-of-war sm