Visit to Hawaii in 2011, Turtle beach and Dole plantation

One of the weekend days we decided to try and visit Laniakea turtle beach again in hopes to finally see some wild sea turtles.

During our previous visit we came too late and did not see any turtles, so we departed earlier this time.

Laniakea beach
Here we have arrived.

sea turtle at Laniakea beach
And almost immediately we have spotted the first turtle, though not on the beach yet.

Laniakea beach
A bit crowd gathered in the northern part of the beach which made me suspect there might be more to see there, but first I decided to take some pictures around where I was.

sea turtle at Laniakea beach
A hello from a turtle, I am sure.

sea turtle at Laniakea beach
And this one was almost washed ashore.

waves

Laniakea beach

Laniakea beach

sea turtle at Laniakea beach

waves

Laniakea beach

sea turtle at Laniakea beach

Laniakea beach

waves

waves

waves

waves
Plenty of waves all around.

Laniakea beach
Children like waves too.

sea turtle at Laniakea beach
And then we moved to where the crowd was. And indeed, there were some turtles on the beach.

sea turtle at Laniakea beach
The red line is placed by volunteers to indicate safe distance from the turtle, you are not supposed to cross it.

sea turtle at Laniakea beach
Hawaiian for sea turtle is "honu".

sea turtle at Laniakea beach

Video of a turtle crawling from the sea:

sea turtle at Laniakea beach

sea turtle at Laniakea beach

sea turtles at Laniakea beach
Over time the water on turtle dries and they start to look like rocks. Lay and bathe in the sun. Boring ;)

Waves

Cattle in Hawaii
On the other side of the road from the beach is this cattle farm with Hawaiian cattle ;)

Yellow truck

After this we went to a Dole pineapple plantation that we passed on the way to the beach.

Dole plantation sign pole

In front of the plantation there is a pineapple garden of sorts with many different kinds of pineapples growing. I did not even know there were so many different ones.

Also nearby is a maze, a pretty big one, made out of over ten thousands hawaiian plants and covers a two acre area, but we did not go there.

Pineaple growing

Pineaple growing

Pineaple growing

Pineaple growing

Pineaple growing

Pineaple growing

Insect-eating plant
Also by the pond we saw this insect-eating plant.

tree pattern
And this attempt at taking a picture of a drop of pine resin on a tree bark.

Dole plantation

Tickets to pineapple express
Next we hop onto the pineapple express to take a tour around the plantation. ($8 per ticket)

Onboard of pineapple express

Onboard of pineapple express
Pineapple express turned out to be a small train.

Dole plantation
Really red soil on the farm.

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Dole plantation
Pineapple machine ;)

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Heron at Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

Dole plantation

The ride took about 20 minutes (something like 2 miles), had some nice music and explanations about how Dole empire was built.

Free pineapple testing at Dole plantation
Free pineapple sampling when we got off the express.

Pineapples at the plantation were really delicious. The train guide mentioned that the ripeness of a pineapple is dependent not on the color of the fruit, but by the size of the scales. The bigger is the better (and sweeter).

Colorful tree bark at Dole plantation
Very colorful tree trunk.

Peacock at Dole plantation
A peacock was wading around Dole cafeteria.

And this is our dinner at Dole place:

Salad
Salad

Quasadia
Quesadilla

French fries and ground meat
And french fries with ground meat.

This concluded the day.

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