Kealakekua by pjallittle

Kealakekua Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 15 photos

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Get into the spirit of the theme of this page with the music of yesteryear. One of the most popular Radio Shows in the history of Radio was Webley Edward's famous weekly show.
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<center><font color="red"size=+2><b>HAWAII CALLS</b> ...Go back with me through the years and listen to<b> I Wanna go.......</b></font>
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<center><font color="blue"size=+1><b>BIG ISLAND</b></font></center>
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Legend and superstition go hand in hand in these Islands. In the case of this near sacred Flower of Pele, Goddess of the Volcano, to pick the flower will surely bring rain. As children, when it began to rain, one of us would say, "Oh, oh, somebuddy went peeck da Lehua, now we all get wet, maybe was one stupid malihini haole."

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This is where it all began for me. My Father had come to Hawaii in the very early 20's. He'd been a Naval Officer in the British Navy but began his military service as part of the Royal Winnipeg Fusiliers, as I recall. He was only 15 years old but big for his age. He was born in 1898. He explained that a guy his size would get the dreaded <b>White Feather</b> if not in uniform. For those who don't know what that is, it is a symbol of cowardice. That he was not.
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Why Hawaii? He'd been a war casualty due to getting a better than average dose of mustard gas and was on his way to Australia in search of a drier climate.

Being one that enjoyed a nip or two, he and a couple of his buddies found themselves in the drunk tank of the Honolulu Police Department when their boat sailed. They were stuck, no choice but to find a job.

He did well and became the Head Cashier at the major sugar plantation head office on the Big Island. Today that would be the equivalent of a Chief Financial Officer. He had the big house on the hill, the Yacht Club membership, no one had a yacht, but they had to have a posh Yacht Club, doncha know! Married to the schoolteacher, what could possibly go wrong.
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I did'nt find this out until well afterwards but it seems my Mother was his housekeeper. Now you know why I was born in Kealakekua. He was an honourable rascal, came to her rescue and they were together from then on until he passed away in Vancouver, BC, drawn back to his roots after many years in Hawaii.

One might say that I owe my life to booze and sex. I am allergic to booze of any kind but not the other. There's always a silver lining if you look hard enough.

In the time and era of his arrival, there was still some degree of British Influence in the Islands even though the Hawaiians had been rather forcefully brought under the dominion of the United States, a controversial takeover by the White settlers who began coming to the Islands after Captain Cook was slain ~ in:
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People who travel to Hawai'i, go to the Big Island, the one with the active volcano that continues to pour into the ocean, will usually go to Kailua/Kona, in the KONA District. Down the road a little ways is the small town of Kealakekua, it is where the coffee and macadamia nuts grow.
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It became a frequently mentioned town several years ago when Ellison Onizuka, USA Astronaut plunged into the ocean with his crewmembers, the Challenger disaster. Before then, few people had ever heard of it, but most people have heard of Kona Coffee and Macadamia Nuts.
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I never really lived there, but I was the first child born in what was then a brand new hospital, recently the subject of a nicely presented story about the immigrants who grew up on the Big Island on the plantations. This exhibit was on display at the Lyman Museum in downtown Hilo.
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One can hardly complete the usual VT standard for Hotels, Accommodations, Nightlife, they don't exist. Perhaps a little cafe, not much more than a General Store, gas station, and then there's the coffee and nuts. Not a whole lot to review. But I will try my best to schmaltz it up a little so as not to waste all of your time.
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Far in the distance is the cairn (Memorial) dedicated in honour of Capt Cook who lost his life because of the misunderstandings resulting from a stolen boat. It seems that the Hawaiians were enamoured about nails as they had never seen metal before.

Diplomacy was obviously not high on the agenda. The story follows.

  • Last visit to Kealakekua: Jun 2000
  • Intro Written Nov 7, 2001
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