More Ka Iwi Coast wanderings

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The small traditional Hawaiian fishpond near Pele’s Chair functions much like a tidepool, allowing water to come in at high tide and bring fish that are then trapped when the tide recedes.  It’s also a nice safe place for small keiki (kids) to splash around.

There are lots of easy trails through the scrub between the beach and the highway.

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Look closely and you can see where the lava wrinkled as it cooled and hardened while flowing toward the sea after Koko Crater’s last eruption, more than 30,000 years ago.

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The water’s edge is a bit of a mangrove swamp around the small inlets that have carved themselves into parts of the shore.

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A little further inland the soil dries out and you see a few plants that sure look like agave, and make me think of tequila anyway.

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The old Wawamalu Bridge tucked away here once provided a vital link when this narrow road was the only way around the island, back before it was bypassed by the modern Kalanianaole Highway.

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It was built in 1931 and is still standing strong, more or less.

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The new bridge has been tagged pretty hard underneath.  The work is not my favorite, but it does show a certain talent.

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There’s random found art along the shoreline too.

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I wonder what the story is behind this curious rock installation.

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A lone Kolea was out for a stroll.  Probably real tired after the long flight home from the mating grounds in Alaska.  That’s a long way to go for a date!

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The Koko Crater Arch can be seen in the far distance if you look closely.

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You can even glimpse a few hikers climbing the arch.

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Back along the beach a sign warns that an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal and her pup have decided to sunbathe.  That means everyone else has to stay away so they won’t be disturbed.

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She was sacked out among the rocks and hard to spot at first.

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She never did raise her head, so all we saw was her back and flippers.

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On a clear day, you can look out to sea and spot the silhouettes of Molokai, Lanai, and Maui.

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Overhead, a float plane pilot is living the dream.

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Must be a great view!

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The Ka Iwi Coast is along the shore to the right of Koko Crater and far right of the island.

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