|ha`uke`uke clinging to the rocks|
You can eat these guys raw, straight from the rocks if you want. Make sure that you don't eat the smaller ones (My rule is that if it is smaller than the top side of your hand, it is too small to eat) and don't eat too much of them either since they can make you want to use the bathroom REALLY bad.
They aren't too difficult to pry from the rocks, but you still need some kind of knife or scrapper to unlatch them from the rocks.
Fun Fact #2 In Hawaii there are four types of Opihi but only three of these types are eaten. The Black footed Opihi, the Yellow footed Opihi, the Giant Opihi and the False Opihi. Only the first three that I named are the ones people eat.
Opihi use a "foot" to slowly crawl around and cling to the rocks and, like the ha`uke`uke, they too eat algae growing on the rocks.
You can eat opihi raw as well, but I prefer to grill them and then dip them into a small mix of mayo and tobasco~
Opihi collecting can actually be very dangerous if you aren't careful. Since they too dwell in the inter tidal zone where waves crash down against the rocks and are much more difficult to pry from them if you don't act quickly to collect them, you might just be unfortunate and get swept away by an incoming wave.
Usually, people call it "robbing the cradle" if you pick opihi that is smaller than the size of a quarter. So be aware that if you ever pick opihi, leave the smaller ones so that they can grow bigger and be eaten later.
The only bummer part of this trip was that even though we were out at a very remote spot of the island, down on a beach where almost NO ONE goes to, I still managed to find plastic trash washed up in the rocks along the coastline. There wasn't a lot of trash, but the fact that it was out there bothered me.
It was almost an untouched part of the island... ALMOST.
So, we stayed at this secret spot until the sun started to set, then we all packed up with a bag of opihi and ha`uke`uke and headed back to the cabin.
|Heading back to the cabin|
It gets really chilly out in Kaupo at night but it's a real nice, chilly breeze and the view of the stars out there is lovely.
We grilled all kinds of meat and ate a ton of good food, we stayed up late playing games, talking story and one by one we started going to sleep.
|My camera wasn't adjusting well to the flash...|
|So I tested my night vision again!|
The next morning everyone slowly awoke to the smell of BREAKFAST.
We hung around and played more games until the time came when we had to finally clean up, pack up and leave...
But that wasn't the ending of our trip just yet~
On the way back to Makawao, my friend's dad made a stop along the way back. I didn't know why he was stopping but my friend told me that his dad wanted to show us something amazing.
We parked our trucks along the side of the road and we walked a short distance through the grass and trees and came upon a stone wall.
Along this stone wall were REAL hieroglyphs. Not the fake ones that people sometimes like to draw for fun, but REAL ones.
|Can you tell which one is the real one?|
|And which one is the fake one?|