Thursday, June 25, 2009

Microsoft’s, Paul Allen’s get-away…another fan of Kealakekua Bay

Here’s a picture of his homey little yacht (the one with the helicopter). Kealakekua Bay, a Marine Conservation area, is known to have the best snorkeling on the island and Paul chooses to use his yellow submarine for up-close viewing (it’s underwater with the fish and coral at the time of the shot.)

Eileen Borgeson and I have been playing in the same area with the dolphins and fish, but we had fins and kayaks. There are three favorite houses we stay at in Kealakekua Bay.

Two of them are Gary and Apolonia Stice’s Hale Naia (locals call it the Point house) and Dolphin Retreat. Eileen and I have collaboraed on many inspired art and holography projects here. We’ve always been able to do business here with high speed Internet and FedEx. Both Hale Naia and Dolphin Retreat include separate living quarters so we’ve had business associates fly in and be able to maintain privacy for all.

Shown in the aerial photo posted here, their Point house is the farthest on the left across from the Hawaiian Heiau. The Dolphin Retreat House is just to the left of the pier. This shot is from a series of low flight photographs taken of all the Hawaiian shorelines. The photographer, Brian Powers, shares his visuals and vision on his website, and on my friend, David Cook’s, site, which is an on-line almanac of Hawai’i (The Big Island) living.

We started coming to this Bay when we’d visit our Marin/Mendocino coast friends, Willa Martin and David Carlin, who own a house on Kealakekua Bay. When I first saw their house I was seduced by its Bali style...very .few walls or windows with all the rooms open to a landscaped courtyard. Comfortable living outside with furniture, beds, music, and curtained privacy when desired. Ahh…then there was the hammock stung between the two palm trees. Ahh…and the upper lanai to relax, chat and take in a sunset on the bay.

There’s also a great “good island feeling with lots of Aloha” place we’ve stayed on Highway 11 overlooking the Bay from the top of the hill in the town of Captain Cook. The Manago hotel is very basic but their rates are extremely low and it’s got a million dollar view. Their casual dinning room serves up hearty food enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. One of our favorite places is a couple doors down from the Manago, Senor Billy’s Cantina. They have especially good salsas, beans and drinks with overall good quality Mexican food and service.

Incidentally, Paul Allen received the ‘Space Visionary’ Holographic Crystal Award that Eileen and I created for the National Space Society and Space Tourism Society. Burt Rutan accepted it for Paul at the 25th Annual Space Development Conference a couple of years ago. A free downloadable 25th ISDC06 poster of the event designed by Eileen Borgeson is available at: under ‘recognition.’ The poster includes all the key speakers like, Elon Musk (Pay Pal), Peter Diamandis (X Prize) and Astronaut, Rick Searfoss (also an award winner) and the other award recipients besides Paul, including: Buzz Aldrin, Richard Branson, Dennis Tito and the X Prize.

Whenever we come to Kealakekua Bay we stock up on food because we’ll find no reason whatsoever to even think about leaving this place. The neighborhood is its own unique experience. There’s been a certain ‘timelessness’ in each the stays here.

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