If you go to the Puna Coast fish ponds, bring something soft to sit on. Lava rock is hard on the rear end. • When using the robotic...

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• If you go to the Puna Coast fish ponds, bring something soft to sit on. Lava rock is hard on the rear end.

• When using the robotic arm in the Pisces (underwater exploration craft) mockup at the NOAA museum in Hilo, disregard the instructions for operating the arm. They just confuse you, and it’s so much more fun to just play with it. You can study oceanography later.

• Lilikoi (Hawaiian passion fruit that grows wild on the wet side of the island) makes a wonderful breakfast. And if the lilikoi just happens to be found on the sidewalk, washed hurriedly and sucked through a hole made by a pencil, then more power to you!

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• Bring two towels if you go to the natural saunas. The first you’ll want to stick out by the entrance so no one walks in on you, and as for the second, remember the aforementioned lava-rock/rear-end syndrome.


— Lillian F. Cantwell