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Molokai

Day 2 - Halewa Bay

semi-overcast 30 °C

Aaah - the pizza cafe - looks like there's no such thing as a gourmet meal on Molokai - not that the food is bad it's just very average and it seems I can't get away from burgers - I know I went to the pizza cafe but ended up having a mushroom burger for dinner - it was huge - I couldn't finish it.............

So bright and early next morning (no jet lag surprisingly) we had fruit by the beach - it was a delightful way to the start the day and then headed off in our dodge car which is quite ironic because it is a dodgy car - the doors don't lock - not that its a problem in Molokai - nobody seems to lock anything here but I go through the pretense of locking the car door even though the key does nothing........just in case........you can tell we're from the big smoke!!!

Today was our day in East Molokai - as far as the road (ironically called the interstate highway - can you call an island road an interstate road if its all the same state - ok, I'm being pedantic) will go before hitting water. There are no town signs in Molokai just Mile Markers and everything is measured from the centre of the main town - so we were headed off to Mile Marker 27 - at Mile Marker 19 the road goes down to a single lane - which is hair raising in itself because nobody owns anything other than a very large pickup truck - some on those big wheels - so in your 4 door standard dodgy car you feel quite vulnerable - now at mile marker 20 - they add hairpin turns and a steep gradient into the mix - there are no road guards - just a sheer drop down to the ocean below - so you beep your horn on the really tricky corners and hope for the best - and just when you think it can't get any worse, they add a fallen tree or a few coconuts on the road just for fun...............it was so twisty and turny - Helen had to get out of the car because she was feeling sick - my literal response - was where? I can't stop in the middle of a hairpin turn.................

Anyway we did manage to get to the end of the road and find the pavillion to meet our so called guide for a trek up to the waterfall - so we sat at the picnic table since we were 40 minutes early and waited..........20 minutes later another couple from Arizona comes and joins us as they're going on the same walk................waited........waited.........in the middle of this wait a few coconuts fall randomly on the road with a great thud.........we're still waiting 90 minutes later (factoring in island time and all that) - in the end we give up and go for a walk to the bay, visit the cute little green church and then head back.......yes, you guessed it - there is only one road in and out................all the way back to the hotel.........

Where we crash on the bed exhausted from the drive...........

That night we head out for dinner - we've got the salubrious choice of the Poke n' Go or the Roast Pork House (which we keep calling the House of Pork) - on the way out we ask for directions - it's 7.20pm and the hotel reception says "oooh no, you can't go to the philipino place - they'll be shut at this time" - ok, so the House of Pork it is - we rock up there and as soon as we walk in the door, a lady comes running out of the kitchen yelling - we're closed, you're too late..... nothing like being wanted - so we went and had dinner at Molokai Burgers where, surprise surprise I had a burger...........

Posted by natty176 00:22 Archived in USA Tagged hawaii molokai

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