I mean we did go off island.
First of all let me say that I'm really pooped!
See, we didn't take a plane or a boat.
Well, we did take a boat.
Our destination today: Mokauea Island
Okay, hit the link please cause I'm way too tired to explain everything.
Anyways, it's like a hop, skip, jump and a paddle over there:
Thirty one kids and us old folks went over in outrigger canoes!
I got some video, but I have to sort through it.
Anyways, it was quite an experience for some of the kids for I don't think too many of them have been over the water before.
Lemme just say, next time I'm borrowing a boat.
The paddle over was oh, a couple of hundred yards or so, maybe a quarter mile.
It was low tide, actually a minus tide, below zero.
More on this later.
Folks actually live on the island although there is no electricity.
They do have water though I'm not sure it's completely fresh:
When the tide is in, the house actually sits on top of the water.
So the kids were there to do some science, but first we planted some indigenous well, plants:
The island is not much more than a couple of feet above sea level, so not a lot of stuff grows there.
Mostly it's mangrove, which is invasive.
We also took a look at the fish pond:
The pond was enlarged from its original size and cleaned up.
It's not fully functional as there's tons of silt in there.
The auwai, which is a ditch that lets the water in, and the makaha or gate:
As you can see by the ocean side of the auwai, the tide is really low. So low that the reef is above the water.
Which is where we were headed next.
The reef above the water I mean.
For the most part, the water was ankle deep which allowed the kids to see some reef creatures.
If you read the link, you know that the channels around the island were dredged so all the silt pretty much killed the coral and the reef creatures.
It's starting to come back though.
Some high in the sky visitors:
A pair of Air National Guard F15s followed by a pair of F22 Raptors.
For me anyways.
A fixture known as the Reef Runway sits nearby.
Part deux coming up.