Though the season changes are subtile, we do have spring. The cacti are blooming as are mangos and limes. Unfortunately, the monkeypod trees are dropping their sticky pods also, necessitating our picking them up from the lawn before mowing so as not to gum up the mower blades.
I’ve met the young goat kids on my morning run to Poipu Beach, requiring me to stop for a few minutes to enjoy their antics.
One of our regular seals, G22, was found by several snorkelers at Mahaulepu with a hook in his mouth and a fishing line trailing that was wrapped around some coral. It was swimming frantically around trying to release himself. Luckily the snorkelers had a knife, cut the line and released him. He swam off with the hook in his mouth and 20 feet of fishing line trailing. We discovered him the next day at a private beach, Palamas, and Mimi, Jamie, Charlie and I went down with crowding boards, netted him and cut the hook out of his mouth. This was a large (about 2.5 inches in diameter) hook and was fortunately not swallowed or deep in his mouth. G22 has grown quite large in the past couple of months, he is only 2 years old but probably weighs over 200 lbs. Jamie had the head, Charlie the body, and I had the tail. He was a strong bugger and it was all I could do to hold his back flippers. Until I got him pinned, he tossed me around like I was on the end of a flyswatter……I had sand in my face and my hair after he lifted me up and then face-planted me in the sand. We saw a video of this – it was pretty funny watching me get thrown around. Mimi handled the bolt cutters and we successfully cut and removed the hook. G22 left, without all the gear trailing…..another successful seal rescue.
Every morning when we go down to Poipu to check for seals, we see anywhere from 2 to 14 turtles basking on the shore. One day, while following a seal around to the Keiki pool, I came upon a turtle that appeared to be sitting up on a rock in the water. With closer inspection, the rock underneath was actually another turtle. That is the first time that I’ve actually seen turtles mating.
Note the shiny seal back (K31) in the water directly behind the turtle. Upon turning around, I saw another smaller turtle wedged between two rocks, unable to free itself. So, being a good samaritan, I and a visitor picked it up and let it get back in the water. That turtle swam off, leaving a wake, but not as much as a thank you.
The last culinary luncheon was held showcasing the aspiring chefs, as usual so creative. They design everything from determining the menu to designing the printed menu that is always very creative.
Poipu Beach has been extremely busy with as many as 4 seals up at a time. And this is the time of year when many of our regular volunteers are leaving the island – some are seasonal volunteers, others are just going to the mainland for vacation. Regardless, we’re swamped with activity, and short of people. A new arrival started hanging out on Brennecke’s rocks, V76, a female probably from Ni’ihau. I think that she is probably in estrus because males are appearing from all over.
Above is a picture of three of the males that are pursuing her….the turtle isn’t. V76 isn’t in this picture, but she’s in the area, and therefore the young studs are here.
Since our house was built 8 years ago, it was time to repaint. So we invested in a electric spray painter and starting painting (after first pressure washing the house). It was lots of work, but the house now looks really good, it only took us about 4 days….working between rain showers. We did get some overspray on to the foundation plants, but they grow fast so should be fine. We still have some trim work to touch up, and then we’ll need to redo the lanai floor, but it’s looking good!