Looking Back At 2018

The year in review

Lanuali: The year of the Dog, started out the 2018 New Year. In Hawai’i, the Goddess Poli’ahu was visiting Mauna Kea. New Years eve brought in a spectacular aerial fireworks display in the neighborhood. These can be problematic with people that own pets and animals. Because of the noise, the animals will run away and get lost. It’s always wise to lock up your animals, either in a kennel, or a room where they can hide till the noise stops. Often time, the fireworks can go on past 2AM in the morning.

Mauna Kea with Snow

On the political scene, the democrats put themselves on a full frontal nudity attack on the successes of the Trump administration. Democrats lost the DACA fight, Schumer’s government shutdown failed, Pelosi accused the Tax Breaks as crumbs, and yet the Trump economy started taking off. Businesses started returning back to the country. The year was starting with great optimism.

On January 13, Hawai’i emergency management sent out a message that frightened a lot of people. I was sleeping at the time when the text message hit my phone. I looked at it and rolled over back to sleep. I knew that the North Koreans did not a sophisticated targeting system.

Pepeluali: We always look forward to February because the annual Pana’ewa Rodeo starts during Valentines weekend. Some of the best ranchers on Hawai’i Island put on a three day show.  It’s always a great time. This year it was rainy and chilly, but that did not dampen any spirits.

Meanwhile, the war on America by socialist democrats continued. Every trick in the democrat book was failing to destroy the Trump administration. They claimed Trump was mentally incompetent, that failed when Trump passed 100% the cognitive tests. Being exposed was the depth of the swamp corruption. The FBI, CIA, State Dept., and other government agencies were involved in the wholesale corruption of the government. The swamp of both democrats and never Trumper republicans was starting to fight against being exposed as corrupt bureaucrats.

Malaki: March always brings out the flowers, especially the orchids. While we have wild orchids year round, other only bloom once a year. That includes Ti plants. Also, Ulu (breadfruit), ‘Ōhi’a ‘ai (mountain apple) and other fruits start to ripen. Oranges, avocados are flowering.

From the top left clockwise, ‘Ōhi’a ‘ai, Ulu, ʻOkika, Ti pōʻele

ʻApelila: The month started with a wonderful Easter. The rain was continuous since January. I believe there were more rainy days than sunny days. We learned that social media was very unsocial. Congressional hearings that involved Facebook, Twitter, and Google. We learned that the swamp included high level congressional leadership, including both parties. We learned that members of the government were not working for the people. Instead, they were activity trying to stop all the good work President Trump was accomplishing. It seems the President was accomplishing things that the congress and past presidents either couldn’t, or wouldn’t do for the American people.

Mei: Pele was on the move. After a series of earthquake swarms that went on for months, Kilauea finally erupted. Then there was several large earthquakes, with the last trembler magnitude of 6.9. Leilani Estates was the beginning with several fissures opening in the subdivision. The worse was yet to come. As the lava began to spread, fissure 8 opened, and the lava became a river heading towards the ocean. The entire Kapoho subdivisions were destroyed. A new coastline was formed that included black sand beaches.

Puuhonua o Puna was formed to help the displaced people of south east Hawai’i island affected by the lava. Temporary housing was constructed, a food bank, and local support groups came together to help their neighbors. It was truly amazing how quickly the operation was formed. Of course, the fake news media did their best to spin the disaster to be far worse that it was.

Lune: Lava continues to flow like a river into the ocean. Fissure 8, I have renamed as “Kawahawalu“, which means fissure eight. The cinder cone was now over a hundred feet tall and growing. The lava entering the ocean was generating its own weather system. A very dangerous system of VOG (Volcanic Smog) and LAZE, hydrochloric acid mixed with fine particles of glass formed by lava vaporizing into the seawater. At night you could see the glow of the lava in the distance. It was so surreal.

Halau Hula Leilani Estates Hawaii Lava Zone June 17 2018

In the Hawaiian culture there are many Gods: Pele, Hi’iaka, Lono, Poli’ahu, and many more. A Halau Hula Leilani pays homage to Pele in the traditional Hula Kahiko (ancient hula). To witness this event real time is very special.

Lulai: Lava continues to flow. It’s America’s Independence Day. We learned that Senator Crazy Mazie Hirono is a religious bigot, a man hater, and a anti-American. An embarrassment to the great State of Hawai’i. Let’s talk about the lava update.

Hawai’i Island Civil Defense has done a great job coordinating, and providing for the residents displaced by the lava. Poho’iki boat ramp was spared. A huge black sand beach now surrounds the boat ramp, cutting the boat ramp off from the ocean. Newly formed hot ponds are now where the boat ramp used to be. Kapoho Vacationland is completely gone. There were many homes located in the gated subdivision. Kapoho tide pools, Wai ‘Opae subdivisions also were destroyed

ʻAukake: Lava is tapering off. Hawai’i Statehood is celebrated. Hurricane Lane passed by. A little more sunshine, but it still mostly rained. Torrents of water fell from the sky. Our gutters were like a firehose.

We get our drinking water from the rain. The two PVC pipes in the picture shows the water pouring out. That’s the first flush system. Any rubbish in the gutters is directed to this pipe. The second pipe going into the ground is where the cleaned water flows to the storage tank. There it is filtered through a UV light, rope, carbon, and calcite filters before entering the house. It is clean, PH balanced, and bacteria free!

Kepakemapa: Restrictions on travel into lower Puna have been lifted. Leilani Estates residents are being allowed back into the subdivision. Many refugees from the lava have lost everything. Farmers were hit hard. So I took a ride down to Kalapana-Kapoho road to Seaview.

Life is returning to normal, as best it can. Bulldozers are carving out new roads into Kapoho to Poho’iki (Issac Hale) boat ramp. Signs of lava steaming under ground on Rt. 130 at Leilani Estates.

Steel plates on the road because of the heat and damage to the road allows travel, but it will be sometime before the rods will be in full repair. The tree tunnels on Red Road (Kalapana-Kapoho) were spared.

ʻOkakopa: As we move into October, it’s a quiet month. America has a taste for Nationalism! Patriotism sweep over the nation. Of course, the media and communist democrats are aghast by mere thought of a nation being patriotic. After years of putting down America, and shaming the people, our President demonstrates a love for the country that hasn’t been seen in any past regimes since the Ronaldus Magnus administration.

We’ve had so much rain this year that Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens is flooded! The walkways are all under water. On this sunny day, in between the raindrops and rainbows, it’s been a soggy year so far. No end in sight!

Nowemapa: Thanksgiving was extra special this year. For no particular reason. Except it’s Turkey Day! Giving Thanks! There’s been a change in the direction of the sunrise and sunset. You can feel a difference in the evening when the temperatures drop, and you no longer have to have the ceiling fan on. Winter is coming.

Now that the volcanic activity has quieted down, the air is much cleaner. Views of Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa are stunning. Up goes the Christmas tree and decorations in preparation for Christmas. There’s a level of excitement in the air this year. Really looking forward to the season.

Kēkēmapa: It’s now December 31st, at the time of this writing. We finally had a chance to visit Poho’iki boat ramp. What a Christmas gift Pele left for us.

Adorning the fresh lava rock are wrapped gifts and blessings

Behold the newly formed Black Sand Beach

Looking back at Issac Hale, the Poho’iki boat ramp. You can see the ramp that now dips into a newly formed hot pond. There are other hot ponds formed in the area. The entire area is surrounded by mounds of Black Sand. A whole new shoreline has been formed. People have planted coconut seedlings. In 20 years, this beach will be adorned with tall palms in remembrance of Pele’s visit.

Out of the disaster, some good had occurred. A sickness had affected the ‘Ōhi’a Lehua trees. Called “Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death” (ROD), the fungal disease has been destroying the native trees across the Big Island. The ‘Ōhi’a Lehua is the oldest and more prolific tree on Moku o Keawe (Hawaii Island). It is considered the the legend of Hi’iaka, and the jealousy of Pele. The bright red blossoms of the ‘Ōhi’a flower represent storytelling in Hawaiian folklore. Most of the diseased trees were destroyed, thus stopping the spread of the disease. ‘Ōhi’a Lehua is usually the first signs of life that appears from the fresh lava beds.

At the end of this day, the new year will begin, 2019. I’m optimistic for the future. And as I finish this article, this last post of 2018. I will spend my remaining time watching the neighbor fireworks from my lanai. Always a good show. Happy New Year.

 

 

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