It was windy and the ocean rough today, so we went upcountry for lunch at Kula Lodge (http://kulalodge.com) It sets on the western slope of Haleakala Crater at 3200 feet (there was 20-degree difference 80/60 between our condo and the Lodge). It was cloud-covered today, so the view wasn’t spectacular, but the fire in the fireplace was welcome and the colors really popped for flower photos. The pizza guy was chatty and said he’d lived on the island now for 355 days 🙂

But before lunch, we stopped at our friend Rachel’s new art gallery (U’i) for a visit and some shopping. She gave us an Hawaiian calendar and one of the customers said this is a must if you live in Hawaii, as they have different state holidays (like King Kamehameha Day), when banks and other government offices are closed.

Pacific Whale Foundation wrote back about the whale tail I saw sticking out of the water the other day: “The whale you are seeing is a mother with a calf, and the mother is doing a behavior called ‘tail-up feeding.’ She is nursing her calf in that position with her head pointed down and tail up, sometimes out of the water.”

Tonight the International Space Station flew over. Aaron told me about the app that will let you know when it is going to be overhead. Tonight the flyover was rated the highest for visibility and duration. It arrived right on time!

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