Kapa'a was super awesome fun. It was an excellently laid-back way to spend the weekend. I had to get over my angst about feral cats and keawe trees (GIANT. THORNS. EVERYWHERE. ALL OVER THE GROUND.), but aside from that the campsite is really lovely, wild and remote, rocky coastline and blue, blue ocean as far as the eye can see. My little one-person tent was snug and cozy and delightful, and our potluck meals were tasty, and we spent the days sitting and chatting and staring out to sea and watching the whales swim by.
AND THERE WERE SO MANY WHALES. All day, every day, whales. More whales than I could possibly count, spouting and breaching and slapping. One whale would breach several times in succession, then roll over on his back and slap the water multiple times with his flipper, then go back to breaching, and so on, rinse and repeat, all the way up the coast. This went on so long, people got tired of watching him. Another whale worked his way up the coast in intervals of five to seven tail-slaps with short breaks in between. Among other quite excellent whale activities (members of the party claimed to hear singing on the second night). And a dolphin. And a monk seal that I missed seeing.
The first night was a bit stormy, high winds and surf and a spattering of rain and lightning off-shore, but my tent didn't let me down. Wetter parts of the island apparently received torrential downpours, and both peaks got massive snowfalls. The second night had some lightning but luckily was dry, so our dancing plans didn't get ruined.
The Olliephonics was great fun as usual, and we were delighted to find a couple of other lindy-hoppers on our floor, Pat and Maria from Seattle.
...So that was all very fun, and we stopped at the Big Island Brewhaus yesterday and OH MY GOD. Truly excellent Mexican food, and I'm usually pretty ambivalent about Mexican, so that's saying a lot. And they make their own sodas and yesterday's soda was liliko'i creme (that's passionfruit to the rest of you, and OH MY GOD. BEST EVER. SO DELICIOUS. I'm going to need to go back and try their ginger bier and, like, all of their brews. For serious, if you're ever in Waimea, check it out.
Okay so I'm headed up to Hakalau for the next two days, it is raining SO HARD which is going to SUCK... SO HARD, the end I love you all kbye.