The sun was up when we set out for Mackapu’u. Not Mackapu—Mackapu’U! During the winter months this is a good vantage point for humpback whale viewing, but it’s getting a little late in the season and we didn’t see any. But here’s what we did see: this nice lighthouse, which you can see in the top picture through the palms. Here’s what else we saw: little bags of Mackapoo tied tidily and leading up the trail. The offending dog owner picked them up on his way back down at least. Hiking in a dress?! I’ve lived in Japan too long! I’d just finished remarking to the Brooks that my and Chris’ Japanese friends told us it’s polite to mind your own business when you pass someone on the street, but while hiking everyone smiles and says, “Konichiwa!” Then we passed some Japanese ladies who cheerfully chirped, “Good morning!” I said, “Konichiwa!” Later I offered to take a picture for another Japanese couple. “Ichi, ni, san! Hai! Cheeeeeese-u!” I said. “Arigato-gozaimasu!” she said, adding, “Thank you!” because we’re in America. 🙂 Mackapu’u Head is visible from the beach where I didn’t get burnt yesterday, and from the top we could similarly see the beach waaaaaaaay over on the farthest stretch of land. Sometimes whales swim right down around here in the bay! cove! whatever! While we were hiking the Brooks said, “By this time tomorrow you might be on your flight!” And I am headed out right now! Aloha!