Hippity Hop to Hilo, Hawaii

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Howdyall:

Hilo is that little dot on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, a town of about 40 odd thousand residents, on the overwhelmingly rural island.

It turned out to be a wonderful charming place, which strikes the balance between being tourist friendly, but not tacky and not precious.

I took lots of pictures of the place, and the environs.

First, some music:

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And another couple:

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Church, with strong asian influence

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It's a little hard to see, but if you look closely at the top of the chainlink fence, the people who own this house attached some dendrobium orchids along the fence's entire length.

When they bloom, in March, I think, they will be spectacular. Right off route 11 . . . .

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This is a nice house. The median price in this general hood is about $250,000 down from more than $400k a few years ago.

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This is the local Merril Lynch office, with bitchen brunfelsias blooming bodaciously . . .

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Walls made of volcanic stone were all over the place.

Yeah, this isn't marble or granite, but a nice, serviceable material anyway, and you don't have to spend arms and legs hauling it in from elsewhere. It can worked to look casual, or very formal.

An example, with more to follow:

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My hotel was on Banyan Drive, which has large banyan trees planted by various celebs of ancient times, with commemorations:

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Others include Amelia Erhart, et al, most from the 1930s and 1940s.

They were big, and impressive (I thought) but not even close to be being as big as Banyans can be.

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The biggest single influence on the island's culture, aside from Native Hawaiian and American, is Japanese.

Here's a Japanese garden in front of a supermarket, looking a little worse for wear on the part of the pines.

The azaleas were adorable, though.

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Hilo gets about 125-150 inches of rain a year (400 mm?) and plants are all over the place.

If in doubt, plant it out.

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Nice shrub, no clue what it is . . .

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Commercial building with simple, but elegant landscaping.

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Views of downtown Hilo's waterfront downtown, and the actual waterfront.

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There will be more, but off to bed now, it's been a long day . . .

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Dave, I'm so enjoying this tour. Sleep well and keep the tour rolling!

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Hilo also has its share of oddball eccentrics.

Here's one, across the street from the Worse for Wear Japanese Garden noted earlier.

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Same yard, from a distance.

The town is so small that commercial buildings sit right next to houses, which you don't usually see in more built up So-Cal. (Usually.)

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Houses in Hilo use these metal roofs I've never seen before, but which I suspect are familiar to the residents of the tropics all over the rest of the world.

This is the roof of the hotel.

Kinda cool, totally different from the shingles and boards I'm used to.

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This is a building near the Suisun Fish Market, which is built on stilts, in the hope of foiling a tsunami.

However, debris will probably knock the stilts out anyway.

But they love their deadly ocean in Hilo. They've had numerous tsunami over the years, and still they build right next to the Sea of Doom.

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Here's a plaque commemorating the market, and the neighborhood that used to be near it.

It's a bit hard to read, sorry. Cloudy day.

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Here are various views of the river, right next to the market, running into the sea.

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Aloha to me!

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And, aloha to whoever this memorial was for. Hawaiians, like Californians, do the roadside memorial thing a lot. (where did that originate?)

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Liliukalani park near the hotel.

Lots of space.

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More of the park.

The banyans here were easily four times the size of the ones planted by the celebs.

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Yet more of the park.

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The huge tree in no. 3 and 5 is a Monkeypod Tree. I call it the Tree that Takes Enormous Amounts of Space, and we Gloat Over the Fact.

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This is from the parking lot of the hotel.

Note the plants growing on the trunks of the palms.

Also note the rusting roof to the right.

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Exterior shots of hotel.

Just different from any other hotel I've stayed.

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AND!

The Dodge of Doom

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Orchid plants, for cheap.

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Long's Drug store parking lot.

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Road cut through the forest.

Not native, though, second or third growth instead.

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The bridge in the last picture is a single-lane bridge, where the spirit of Aloha is supposed to govern the right of way. One side has right of way, while other has to wait. Heaven and aloha help in the event of confusion . . .

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A nice evocation of my hometown for the last six years.

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A nice evocation of my hometown for the last six years.

Mike!

Would have been nice to meet you!

Oh, well, there will be other times . . . .

aloha

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Great stuff Dave. I think the plant behind the fence is Mussaenda 'Queen Sirikit'...sometimes called "Summer Poinsettia" (a couple of other plants share that common name).

Went to the Big Island for the first time summer of 2010-Wow!... Even got to tour Bo & Karolyn's amazing piece of paradise-stayed two weeks on the Hilo side. Wow!

Back again last summer-Wow!-one week on Hilo side, one week on Kona side. Again, Wow!

Never vacationed three years in a row in the same place but probably goin' back in June.

I'd go back to the Big Island just for a couple of Tex's Fresh Hot Malasadas..."Ono Kine"

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Geeze Dave, my house is right up from that church in post #3, I could have shown you more palms. mrlooney.gif

Next time.

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excellent, can't get enough...

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Geeze Dave, my house is right up from that church in post #3, I could have shown you more palms. mrlooney.gif

Next time.

Oh, yeah, next time, indeed, the sooner the better!

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This is a building near the Suisun Fish Market, which is built on stilts, in the hope of foiling a tsunami.

However, debris will probably knock the stilts out anyway.

But they love their deadly ocean in Hilo. They've had numerous tsunami over the years, and still they build right next to the Sea of Doom.

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Hi Dave,

Places on the coast in the tropics/subtropics build on stilts to help with cooling. Breezes circulating under the house is meant to make a big difference inside. Also elevates a house above the many snakes and other creepy-crawlies. This building style is a common practice in northern Australia.

See the following "Queenslander" for example:

Glad you had a great time Dave !!

Regards

Michael.

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This is a building near the Suisun Fish Market, which is built on stilts, in the hope of foiling a tsunami.

However, debris will probably knock the stilts out anyway.

But they love their deadly ocean in Hilo. They've had numerous tsunami over the years, and still they build right next to the Sea of Doom.

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Hi Dave,

Places on the coast in the tropics/subtropics build on stilts to help with cooling. Breezes circulating under the house is meant to make a big difference inside. Also elevates a house above the many snakes and other creepy-crawlies. This building style is a common practice in northern Australia.

See the following "Queenslander" for example:

Glad you had a great time Dave !!

Regards

Michael.

Yeah, duly noted.

What I'm really curious about, though, is what effect does it have viz a viz Oz's version of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) which requires retrofitting to allow those in wheelchairs to go everywhere . . . .

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