Saturday, 3 November 2012
03.11.2012 - 03.11.2012
A restful night as we sailed from Honolulu to Hilo on the Big Island. We had no particular plans except that I wanted to find an Internet cafe ashore so that I could advise people that I wouldn't be posting my daily blog.
After a light breakfast we went ashore where we were greeted by a lovely lady from the local tourism board. There was a free shuttle to the Saturday Farmer's Market, a deal too good to refuse. A 15 minute drive had us at the markets selling a wide range of fresh produce and trinkets.
We perused the sketch map provided and after a false start oriented ourselves and found the establishment. It is what you'd expect in a lay-back place like this, two rickety chairs and a pair of aged PCs, but they worked. The owner logged me in and even made a cup of coffee and in no time I had written a short email and posted a short note on the blog.
When asked what the cost was, he told us there was no charge. We insisted he accept a donation which he took reluctantly. A friendly Aloha and we were done. Great experience and a very happy moment.
Back to the market where we chanced upon Miss Hawaii wandering through the market. Not my best photo but she really was a lovely lady. Chatted with a cartoonist who was sketching an interesting looking senior citizen. Also chatted to a photographer selling his prints and he claims he doesn't own a computer. His shot were quite impressive.
Back to the ship on the free shuttle and wandered up to deck 10 for a light lunch. All that exertion required us to have a rest, so we spent some time checking the inside of our eye-lids. Dinner in the dining room which was quite excellent in every respect, choice, presentation and service.
Off to the theatre to watch a crazy juggler perform some unbelievable stunts with balls, clubs and swords. The finale, in a totally blacked-out house, he juggled internally lit coloured objects which clearly demonstrated the intricate patterns traced by the balls. Good act and even the cruise director was quite good, being humorous without trying to be the act.
At about 10 pm we passed by the area where the lava from the volcano flows down to the sea. We were a fair way off and all that was visible were some red dots in the darkness. The captain turned the ship through 180 degrees before returning to course.
Tomorrow the first of 5 sea days.