Driving across Hawaii

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Ha Ha.... stop sign... can't say they weren't thinking outside the box!

     We decided to drive out and look at the property that is the Parker Ranch.   We had driven through it briefly on the bus but we didn't really get to look at it.    The history of the parker ranch is fascinating...  the founder was a nineteen year old sailer who jumped ship and hid when he was supposed to leave.  Eventually he came to the attention of King Kamehameha I who had him do tasks for him.  Parker left Hawaii again to go to China during the 1812 war then returned to Hawaii.  He brought a musket with him and was given allowed to shoot one of the many wild cows on the island... (five were given to King K 21 years earlier and now there were thousands of them.

Tribute to Camp Tarawa: Ray stood and read the whole thing dispite the pouring rain
...)  He began developing the export crop of salt beef.  He married in 1815.  His wife was the daughter of a high ranking chief.   They had two sons and one daughter.   The ranch and the family continued to grow.  Dispite lawsuits, family problems and mismanagement the ranch survived.  Eventually a manager was assigned: he was the manager for almost a half century. 

Between 1942 and 1945 Waimea hosted 50,000 Marines.  They trained and prepared for the battles of Iwo Jimma and Okinawa.   Parker Ranch played an integral part for the marine troops at Camp Tarawa.   There was a monument along the road that paid tribute to the Camp Tarawa.  We stopped and paid our respects.   It was a well presented monument to the mission and contribution that the Parker Ranch made to the war efforts. 

We drove to the Parker Ranch and were going to take a tour but the price was a bit much.  Instead I took an illegal picture in the entry way and we left.   The ranch has quite a few activities:  they have rodeos, horse races, weddings, hay rides, BBQ's, horse back riding, ATV tours, garden tours ...   so many things.    

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Ha Ha.... stop sign... cant say t…
Ha Ha.... stop sign... can't say …
Tribute to Camp Tarawa: Ray stood …
Tribute to Camp Tarawa: Ray stood…
On the drive: names were written i…
On the drive: names were written …
more writing...
more writing...
looking out across the parker ranch
looking out across the parker ranch
parker ranch
parker ranch
parker ranch gate..... jeez... cou…
parker ranch gate..... jeez... co…
A booth at the entrance
A booth at the entrance
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
Tribute to Camp Tarawa
A wreath on the horse carriage
A wreath on the horse carriage
flower in the garden
flower in the garden
another wreath... after all it was…
another wreath... after all it wa…
Light just inside the door at the …
Light just inside the door at the…
plant in the garden
plant in the garden
parker ranch
parker ranch
parker land
parker land
parker land
parker land
Parker ranch
Parker ranch
Our rental car
Our rental car
A twisted tangle of cactus
A twisted tangle of cactus
sunset
sunset
after glow
after glow
after glow from moving car
after glow from moving car
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photo by: WorldXplorer