Monday, October 20, 2014 Carol, my friend from Moloka’i

Woke up: Chula Vista Marina, Chula Vista, California

Went to sleep: Chula Vista Marina, Chula Vista, California

Carol, My friend from Moloka’i

Purely by coincidence, my friend, Carol, whom I met when we lived on Moloka’i, is in San Diego visiting her family this week. Since I have no car, everyone is forced to come to the Chula Vista Marina if they want to see me.  Most people don’t complain.

Carol and I have been friends for over 15 years. When we both lived and taught school on Moloka’i we used to hike down to Kalaupapa each Thursday afternoon after school.

For those of you who don’t know, Kalaupapa is a peninsula on the north shore of Moloka’i. This peninsula is separated from the rest of the island by some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world.  These cliffs form a natural barrier between the Kalaupapa peninsula and “Topside” Moloka’i.

Kalaupapa Peninsula

Kalaupapa Peninsula

When leprosy arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, King Kamehameha V banished anyone with the disease to the isolated peninsula. Since 1866, more than 8,000 people, mostly Hawaiians, have lived and died at Kalaupapa.  Once a prison, Kalaupapa is now a refuge for the few remaining residents who are now cured, but were forced to live their lives in isolation.

For a fascinating story of the “leper colony” and its inhabitants, specifically one young girl, Rachel Kalama, who was banished to the colony in the fourth grade, you should read, Moloka’i by Alan Brennert.

Carol and I sat by the pool in the afternoon and then she was treated to my awesome spaghetti. We later joined Peter in the hot tub.  Carol has promised to visit us in Mexico and now she can’t get out of it since this is in print.

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About Susan M. Gierga

Everyone already knows everything there is to know about me. I wear my heart on my sleeve. To learn current details. Visit my blog, CruisingwithCaptainPeterandtheAdmiral.
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4 Responses to Monday, October 20, 2014 Carol, my friend from Moloka’i

  1. Rhonda Freeman says:

    Susan, Chula Vista Marina sounds wonderful, glad you guys are getting a little break from such a long trip. How wonderful you got to see your sister and friend Carol. I wonder where you guys will settle down someday, this sounds like top of the list, you could even start your yoga classes.

    P.s. Loved seeing Penelope with her beautiful spinaker full of wind!

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    • Thank you Rhonda, Who knows where we’ll end up but this is certainly a lovely spot. The people we meet on the dock are all super happy. Its like they’re all on prozac. I think its the sun.

      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

      Cruising With Capta

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  2. Rhonda Freeman says:

    Oops I mean sneaker!

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  3. Rhonda Freeman says:

    Spell check changed it again…genaker..lol

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