Camping at Hau'ula
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After our first camping experience, being woken up by the police, we decided this time we would do it right and get permits. We packed up our stuff and headed off. Hau'ula is a rural community on the Windward side, near the
When we arrived we realized that this camping trip really would not be that "rough". At least not like the last one. There was a 7-Eleven across the street from the beach our permit was for. We also realized that we were the only "haoles" at the campsite. For those of you that have never been to
Matt and I came across and rope swing. The swing would have been perfect if the ocean was 5 feet higher. We could swing out over the ocean, but letting go would drop us into ankle-deep water. Despite that we had a grand old time pretending to be Tarzan and Jane.
As the night went on, our fire got started and the alcohol started flowing. Before we knew it, we were making friends with the locals that were camping and they were sharing tales of the mysterious things that went on in the rainforest. One story that was told was about the collapse of
The local people believe in taking care of the 'aina (land). This includes preservation, conservation and keeping the 'aina clean. Now, one thing you need to know is that locals believe in legends. And after spending two years in
Now I know how that sounds, and he could have been pulling our legs, but man did him seem serious. He didn't even want to tell us the story at first. I think the entire event is pretty sad. People lost their lives and we lost a magnificent place to visit. Aside from that, his story does make for a good campfire tale.
As his story ended, it was starting to get light outside. We never got to sleep under the stars, but I did get beautiful shots of the sunrise.