Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ho'onanea


Here's the view from the last place I went pig hunting.



The mountain way off in the distance is Leahi or "Diamond Head" as it is more commonly known. The bodies of water are those of Pu'uloa - more famously known as "Pearl Harbor."

Every time I behold this view, I know there is no other place I'd rather be.

Sometimes it's good to take a break and get away from your routine.

Sometimes, you just have to enjoy life...and enjoy it to the point of exhaustion.

Work hard, play harder.

Summer has always been my favorite time of year here in Hawaii.

When you enjoy it as much as I have been for the past week, you just don't have time to even think about all this crap we contemplate, ruminate and write about in the anti-PC sector of the interwebz.

My muse has been lost amidst the deep blue waters, sparkling white sands, glittering sunshine and verdant forests in the mountains of my island home.

When it returns, so will I.

In the meantime...please enjoy some Kiho'alu, performed by a living legend, Ledward Kaapana.



11 comments:

Yohami said...

stunning

MarkyMark said...

HL,

Looks like you took that pic on the western side of the PH entrance, or the Ewa Beach side. West Loch is clearly seen in the foreground, while Ford Island is in the background. I used to be stationed in Pearl for two years, so it looked familiar. Speaking of Diamond Head, I even hiked to the top of it once; that was a good time...

MarkyMark

Keoni Galt said...

You got it Mark...this picture was taken from the Hono'uli'uli forest reserve in the Wai'anae mountain range.

Yeah, Diamond Head is a cool hike. Too bad the State decided to start charging people to hike it. I no longer take visitors there because of that - plenty of other free hiking places to go too.

LadyLydia said...

This is absolutely beautiful. It makes me want to go and see it.

MarkyMark said...

KG,

Back when I was stationed there (during Reagan's first term), there was no charge to hike to the top of Diamond Head. In fact, there were no facilities of any kind there; there were no gates, no ticket booths, no nothing. All that existed back then was the beginning of the trail at the base of the mountain. It looked neat, so I got off my scooter and hiked to the top. I have to tell you that the view from the old gun emplacements up there was ASTOUNDING! I'll never forget that day...

Anonymous said...

When I hiked to the top of Diamond Head, it was unbelievably fukkin' hot.

dannyfrom504 said...

how do you hunt pig's Keoni? do you use dogs and a knife (ala old school)?

i hunt also...well, i want to get backinto hunting. so i was just wondering

Keoni Galt said...

I hunt old school...but I do also carry a gun.

Seen one too many a wily pig sneak away from the dogs right past me who can smell the scent in the brush. My theory is that the experienced boars piss all over the brush than sneak away while the dogs are distracted by the fresh urine.

I either use a 30/30 lever action or a .357 mag revolver, depending on where I go hunting. I'll take the rifle in less rigorous mountains and open areas, while carrying the pistol for denser rainforest.

But the gun is usually the last resort/backup plan. I prefer the dogs do their work and get their reward.

dannyfrom504 said...

nice.

what breed of dog do you use. and are they armored? there was a special on discovery about the wild boars in hawaii and how they were hunted.

in texas most of the guys i know also use dogs, then the hunter wheel barrows the rear legs, turns the hog over, drops a knee into the hog and deliver's the death blow.

when i watched it the first time i was amazed, stunned, and facsinated. but yeah, we/they guys carry shotguns and a pistol also.

Keoni Galt said...

what breed of dog do you use.

Mixed breed hounds - ridgeback/cur/whippet/german short-hairs.

and are they armored? I use homemade collars made out of old firehose to protect their necks from the boar's tusks.

in texas most of the guys i know also use dogs, then the hunter wheel barrows the rear legs, turns the hog over, drops a knee into the hog and deliver's the death blow.

We'll wheelbarrow the hog if the dogs got it's head locked down, and instead of turning 'em over, we just stick the knife in the armpit right to the heart.

dannyfrom504 said...

my friends back in texas use pit's for the most part.

i've been wanting to get back into hunting. and i still need a decent hunting rifle. turkey hunting is REALLY big where i'm at right now, so i'll be getting a bow soon. but i think first i'll be getting a .22 remington 597. i can bring it back home to louisiana and hit the swamps or forests for small game.