Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy Green Sea Turtle of Hawaii
Great Birthday Deal of Espionage Part II

Continued from the post: Happy Bottlenose Dolphins of Hawaii - Great Birthday Deal of Espionage Part I.

It was getting late, and now it's time to accomplish our mission. Actually I was getting a bit nervous. I knew I wasn't gonna be a good spy as I pretty much suck at lying. Even if this mission was out of good cause, I felt guilty to pretend to be someone that I was not. I thought my wife was handling this situation much better, so I let my wife speak most of the time.

There were some minor happenings throughout the mission, but over all everything went well as we planned. The restaurant had great service and atmosphere at their prime location. We always wanted to check out this famous restaurant, but their price and not-so-good reputation held us back for all these years.

Guess what. We were right. The food there wasn't so good... lobsters tasted like dirt/mud, signature pork chop and fillet mignon were hard and dry, cocktail drinks were too thin, and we saw the tiniest piece of foie gra we have ever seen on the fillet mignon, etc. etc... Over all tastes of every dish were not quite right, in other words, mostly under seasoned. If you consider their outrageous price, you would feel even much worth when paying. Lucky for us, we didn't have to pay for it. It was $250. Oh my..!?

Our mission was accomplished. Despite the bad tasting food and a bit of guilty feelings of being spies, we had great time, having wines & beers, and laughing at the thumbnail size foie gra under romantic Hawaiian torches at the nicest table over looking Pacific Ocean.

Next morning we were notified by our contact that the restaurant stuff didn't do any wrong doing to us. We were honestly disappointed at the outcome but the hotel manager liked us and promised to use us again! So that's all great!

We spent the rest of the day swimming, drinking and shopping. It turned out to be a perfect short vacation to enjoy and to get rejuvenated.

At the end of the day, we decided to stroll the famous beach at Anaehoomalu Bay aka A-Bay. Ever since the Kilauea erupted more actively, the volcanic gas aka vog has been filling the skies of most of the Big Island. Today was one of those typical "voggy" days.

The vog was pretty heavy, but the sunset looked better here than Kona where we live. The vog in Kona and South West Hawaii has been horribly bad and much worth than in Kohala and North West Hawaii.

As we strolled on the beach, we found some green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, basking at sunset.

All sea turtles are listed as endangered species. The green sea turtle is, of course, one of such species that we need to protect from extinction.

green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, basking on the beach at sunset, Anaehoomalu Bay, Waikoloa, Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, Pacific Ocean

However, contrary to the worldwide status of this species, Hawaii's green sea turtles are doing very well for some reason. If you've ever been to Hawaii, you know where to find them. They are practically everywhere.

This large adult turtle was still so sleepy that she wasn't bothered by the incoming tidal waves crashing on her butt. With moody, voggy sunset in the background... I was able to capture a peaceful, beautiful moment of this happy turtle's life in Hawaii.

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