The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


Maui Day 6: Black Sand Beach & other delights
June 29, 2009, 4:10 am
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Events, Life, Maui, Music, Travel

We woke up and decided we needed some beach in our lives. Camp Keanae was beautiful, but perched precariously on a cliff with no beach access. J Ross was set to perform a tribute to Dread I with the Escort Service Band in the evening but we had hours of beautiful daylight before that. J Ross, Lindsey, Aaron, Dinah and I jumped into J Ross’s rented PT Cruiser and we were on our way! Lindsey’s cousin, Chef Tracy, has lived on Maui for 11 years and told us of a black sand beach close to Hana… we couldn’t resist. I was glad to be a passenger because I was able to enjoy the scenery and take some pictures. The road is windy with dense jungle. There are no gas stations, corner markets or McDonalds; as a matter of fact, there aren’t even any street lights or signs. There are however, occasional little shanty huts scattered along the way.

The was our first stop along the way...

The was our first stop...

with all kinds of tasty treats

with all kinds of tasty treats

bananas anyone?

bananas anyone?

We saw a peacock! The is the best shot we could get

We saw a peacock! The is the best shot we could get

Some booths didn't even have workers, just the honor system

Some booths didn't even have workers, just the honor system

After what seemed like 2 hours We saw the only road sign and it was for the beach we were looking for

it took FOREVER to get to Wainapanapa Beach but it was worth it

it took FOREVER to get to Wainapanapa Beach but it was worth it

Wouldn't you agree? Black sand beach at Wainapanapa

Wouldn't you agree? Black sand beach at Wainapanapa

Before getting to the black sand, there are black rocks

Before getting to the black sand, there are black rocks

there were all kinds of danger signs, but we still went in the water

there were all kinds of danger signs, but we still went in the water

On the way back we were starving and couldn’t wait to come across a little shack with goodies. There was one place with like 6 or 7 shacks all clumped together, here is what they had…

Coconut hut

Coconut hut

$1 Noni shots

$1 Noni shots

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay

Feline Goddess

Feline Goddess

a choice of treats

a choice of treats

Island Style tacos

Island Style tacos

Local Super Sweet Corn on the Cob

Local Super Sweet Corn on the Cob

We did find some cool nic-naks but nothing we wanted to eat. On the way to the beach we had seen a lonely Thai buffet in the middle of the jungle and thats what we had our hearts set on. Luckily for us it was worth the extra stop and holding out for it!

Kak's Thai Food Buffet

Kak's Thai Food Buffet

Aaron, J Ross, KAK, Dinah & June

Aaron, J Ross, KAK, Dinah & June

Kak is quite the character, we loved her so much we had to take a picture with her! She also cooked the best meal I ever ate, check it out…

fresh mahi mahi with veggies & noodles. MMMMMMMM!!!

Fresh mahi mahi with veggies & noodles. Only $10 in the middle of nowhere MMM!!!

We got back a lot later than expected and discovered that J Ross’ set got moved up. While she performed, we checked out some of the crazy hippies at the festival

Aima the Dreama, J Ross Parrelli & Dakini Star with the Escort Service

Aima the Dreama, J Ross Parrelli & Dakini Star with the Escort Service

those crazy hippies!

those crazy hippies!

We had a mini car club

We had a mini car club

Today was June 14th, the last day of my 31st year on this planet and the sky was beautiful as the sun drifted out of sight

the last light on the eve of my birthday

the last light on the eve of my birthday

the crowd during Ooklah the Moc's set

the crowd during Ooklah the Moc's set

more crazy Hippies & the Long Beach Gorilla

more crazy Hippies & the Long Beach Gorilla

I dont know why but I wanted to call him Wolfman Jack

I dont know why but I wanted to call him Wolfman Jack

LBG & Wolfman Jack

LBG & Wolfman Jack

The Long Beach Gorilla was on stage with Ooklah the Moc

The Long Beach Gorilla was on stage with Ooklah the Moc

This is where it started to feel like a cross between a rave, Woodstock & the Burning Man Festival. We were afraid to eat or drink anything we didn’t bring with us!

They had blacklights everywhere and luckily we had neon clothes!

They had blacklights everywhere and luckily we had neon clothes!

J Ross Parrelli, Barikuda's cousin Jimbo, Junebugg and Barikuda

J Ross Parrelli, Barikuda's cousin Jimbo, Junebugg and Barikuda

SheepDawg Tie Dye was EVERYWHERE

SheepDawg Tie Dye was EVERYWHERE

the crew minus Dinah Diamonds... I think she was in the shower

the crew minus Dinah Diamonds... I think she was in the shower

Ok so then they had this thing called the Whale Ride. As explained by one of the riders, it offered sonic healing. We HAD to try it!

This guy played synth noises on a keyboard mounted to a surfboard

This guy played synth noises on a keyboard mounted to a surfboard

and he took his job VERY seriously

and he took his job VERY seriously

it was like a giant teeter totter that also rotated

it was like a giant teeter totter that also rotated

the other end had a hammock with headphones to hear the synth noises

the other end had a hammock with headphones to hear the synth noises

Out loud for all to hear, were whale noises

this guy played music too while following the hammock

this guy played music too while following the hammock

There was another guy with a digereedoo too. I don’t know if I got sonically healed but I did get a good share of giggles. Next up we heard the most off beat drum session of all time and went to investigate

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Mighty Junebugg Earthday in Maui

No words can really describe it. Some time after this I went to bed… It was a looooong good day!


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