Yesterday we went to see the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals on Kaimana (Kai-sea Mana-power) or Sans Souci Beach (Sans Souci-carefree, worry-free, untroubled, that kind of feeling), both of which one feels on this beach at the very far end of Waikiki. It’s a beach frequented by both locals and tourists.
Rocky is the mom and Kaimana is her 10th pup. Kaimana is never distant from Mama Rocky who hobbles over if Kaimana is too far away. The family will be moved in a few days to be away from the crowds, though most people are quite respectful.
I like Kaimana beach as it has always been the easy place to take a dip in the city. When I was on the Mainland, I’d hit this beach as soon as I’d step foot back in Honolulu, and it’s where my child had his post-soccer practice pau hana (pau-done/finished hana-work) picnics. He and his buddies would jump off the wall all evening long. It’s in front of the New Otani hotel where there’s the famous Robert Louis Stevenson hau tree where he held court regaling Princess Kaiulani with various stories. It’s also where I took a swim the morning of my wedding, got pulled out, and suddenly remembered Mom’s warning: Swim diagonal to the shore! Actually, it’s parallel, I recently learned, but diagonal did the trick, and it was a good thing or my afternoon wedding would have been a funeral.
So you can ignore some stuff that Moms say like “Never Make a Left Turn”, no kidding, my Aunty Pat has NEVER MADE ONE or “Stay In The House When The Washing Machine Is On, A Flood Is As Dangerous As A Fire”, but the stuff about swimming alone and being taken out by a riptide is not to be ignored. I learned the almost-hard way. Mom says she’ll never forget during a Kaimuki Middle School field trip when a classmate drowned in knee-deep water. I imagine Rocky is saying stuff to Kaimana: “Get Away From Those Two Legged Animals” or “You Go One More Time In That Natatorium And You’re In Deep Trouble”. Kaimana is not a good listener.
Rocky and Kaimana are part of a declining population of 1400–their food supply has been depleted and they have become easy prey for the Galapagos sharks. Check them out, if you can, if only on the Civil Beat webcam.