Hello from Wailea, Hawaii One Last Time

Hello from Wailea, Hawaii One Last Time

Sunday afternoon – May 23, 2021   (Fifth post of this travelogue)

Well, our stay in paradise is ending today.  We have a 8:10 PM flight back to Denver.  We are scheduled to arrive tomorrow at 6:34 AM.  Stampin’Up! was nice enough to arrange for a 4:00 PM checkout and then they will bus us to the airport.  In effect we get almost one extra day!!

Yesterday I did a shore scuba dive.  It was a real challenge for me, as I have not done that kind of dive before.  In addition it was a shallow dive (34 feet) so our oxygen lasted a long time.  That is a good news/bad news kind of thing.  A long dive gives you lots of chances to see some great fish and coral, but our 50 minute dive (paddling with the fins all the time) really wore me out.  I may get a chance to do a very special dive later this year.  If I do, I will really need to do some conditioning.  This old body is not what it used to be {grin}.

Last night SU had a luau for all the demonstrators and guests (approximately 650 people).  It was a great show and the food was fantastic.  As has been the case for most of this trip, the weather was fantastic.

Speaking of weather, this side of the island has two seasons: rain and drought.  It rains quite a bit from Jan. through March and then it dries out with very little rain.  On the other side of the island it is a rain forest.  This side of the island gets about 12 inches of rain a year and the other side gets at least three times that amount.

Up until about 2017, the primary crop was sugarcane.  Large commercial pineapple farms left the  island many years prior to that.  The sugarcane farms were both loved and hated.  They provided thousands of jobs, but they became so powerful that they controlled much of the “politics” of the island.  In addition, they were not good caretakers of the land.  After they left,  the fields fell into weed fields.  Recently a large corporation purchased a considerable amount of the acreage and they are planting a variety of fruits and vegetables.  Most of that product will go for local consumption.  They are also planting large fields of coffee bean trees.  That product will be competing with Kona coffee for the premium coffee market.  All of the crops are being planted with a strong philosophy of sustainable and ecologically friendly farming.

That is all for this trip.

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