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Hale III - Garden/sand

The hale in the garden area were favored with lush foliage, ocean breezes, and birds, and while some only heard the ocean, hear it they did. Some hale had a partial ocean view, and some were elevated into the canopy of trees.  All architectural styles were represented except for the New Caledonian.

Alas, the tsunami destroyed many of these hale and ripped up the water, sewerage, electrical, and gas systems in the area as well.

This was the path that led to the end of the village where it abutted the Four Seasons property.  On the left was the roof of a Beach Tahitian hale, and ahead on the right was a glimpse of a double Palau hale, the Hale Maluhia. It originally was the last hale of the village.  However two dozen hale were added beyond.

The Hawaiian hale were actually fun.  They were cozy, well appointed, and elevated.  Climb up a couple dozen steps and you were in the tree canopy.  You’d get the breezes, you’d hear the ocean’s steady breathing, and you’d be the first to wake up with the birds in the morning. Right is a picture of H4.  I wanted to capture the awakening of the birds, so one morning just before dawn I set up my camera and waited.  When the

first bird chirped, I turned the video on and recorded the sounds. I lopped off the first and last couple of minutes, but the rest is unedited so you can hear that glorious alarm clock, here: (click)

Right was Beach Tahitian 3, with its interesting arch marking the front entrance. I did another bird recording from the path of BT2, here:

The Sand and Pond Hawaiians (SH & PH) were two room hale, and the only difference between those and the Marquesans (SM & PM) was that they were rectangular, whereas the Marquesans had rounded ends.  Inside they were pretty much the same.

On the right was Sand Tahitian ST9, which was at the end of the KVR property and next to the Four Seasons.  They were close enough to the ocean to get a glimpse, and they encircled an area of mown grass, which was a rarity in the village.  If you look at the property map, you’ll see that it was a bit of a walk to the Shipwreck, and a bit more to the dining areas.  That was a good way to avoid the temptation to gain weight.

On the other side of the path--the beach side--were the very nice two room Hawaiian and Marquesan hale.  The ones left start with Sand Hawaiian 5, and the rest down the line are the Sand Marquesans.  The speaker on a tripod was for a wedding to take place later in the wedding gazebo on the sand.

Just so there was no misunderstanding, I included this photograph to show that there was no swimming access from any of the SM units!  The sand was lovely, but the lava was impassible if you had swimming in mind.

This gave some indication of the distance to the far end of the village.  It was a sturdy 15 minute walk.  More, for me.

This was the ocean side of the double

Hale Maluhia/Palau hale mentioned above.

(No longer there.)

Closer to the center of activity, these hale were SS3 and SS4.  The lawn stretched between the Hale Samoa dining area and the Shipwreck Pool.

This was Sand Samoan 7 (SS7) on the beach.  The sand formed a rise between the hale and the ocean, so you had to stand to see the waves, but in times of extra high surf, the rise was a welcome blessing.

This was taken from the lanai of SS5.

All of the Sand Samoans and Beach Tahitians were swept away, as well as SH5, CM5, and the Hale Maluhia.