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#1 DoomsDave

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:02 PM

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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#2 DoomsDave

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:06 PM

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:08 PM

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Church, with strong asian influence
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:12 PM

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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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:13 PM

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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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:15 PM

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

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:18 PM

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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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:22 PM

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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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:24 PM

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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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:26 PM

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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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:27 PM

Nice shrub, no clue what it is . . .

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:29 PM

Commercial building with simple, but elegant landscaping.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:30 PM

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

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:32 PM

There will be more, but off to bed now, it's been a long day . . .
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:07 AM

Dave, I'm so enjoying this tour. Sleep well and keep the tour rolling!
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:54 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:56 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:59 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:03 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:05 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:08 AM

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

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:12 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:13 AM

Liliukalani park near the hotel.

Lots of space.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:17 AM

More of the park.

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

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:21 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:23 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:46 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:47 AM

Orchid plants, for cheap.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:48 AM

Long's Drug store parking lot.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:49 AM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:19 AM

A nice evocation of my hometown for the last six years.
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 11:42 AM

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 . . . .

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:25 PM

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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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:31 PM

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

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:47 PM

excellent, can't get enough...
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:41 AM

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

Next time.


Oh, yeah, next time, indeed, the sooner the better!
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 09:34 PM

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 !!
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Tropical climate: from 18C to 34C.

Spending a lot of time in Jakarta, Indonesia... 6 Deg S.
Tropical climate: from 25C to 34C.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:29 PM


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
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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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