Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hawaii my Home!

Returning to paradise! Blue skies, blue water and cool trades. Let's go fishing!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Noboribetsu-day 7

Our final stop noboribetsu.
Known for the bear park, these bears are so funny.  They wave at you for food.
Hells valley is a sulfur place where lots of tourist go to see.

Hakodate morning market-day 6

The popular hakodate market is a must see in Hokkaido.
Known for its variety of seafood. From crab to uni, scallops, abalone, etc.
This lady selling konbu was 102 years old. Her secret to a heathy life was no medicines and eating well.
But we were here for the crab.  This is called hairy crab.
Brent Ching and Susie Lee ready to grind.
I picked up a king crab for our group. 
BBQ style on the grill so Ono!
And check out this 70 lb Tako! Humongous!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Oma-bluefin fisherman

Oma fishing port is the spot to hangout and watch all the action. Lots of boats and fisherman in the area.
This man was fixing a net for his next trip.
Local boat offloading their catch of sharks.
Meet Yonezawa-san! This 78 year old man is famous and well respected from everyone. The reason we came was to meet him and he shared his stories with us I was honored to receive his personal photo album from him which left me speechless.
Cape Oma has lots to see and these Hawaii fisherman were posing for their dream catch.

Oma-day 4 Bluefin Sashimi

After a 2.5 hr train ride and 3.5 hr bus ride we made it Oma, the Maguro capital of the world.
Here is our Japanese style bath. Yes public bath with no shame. Hot onsen is how they bath.
Oma is the most northern part of Honshu and very few people come here because it's so far, but not for our group of travelers.
Our hotel was amazing and so hospitable.  Special sign for us.
It's all about the food!
The BEST sashimi in the world! Bluefin tuna! It doesn't get any better than this.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Hakodate-day 3

Today we headed to see the 50th anniversary of gorykaku park. Awesome view of the town.
The toshio had us eat a famous sushi spot called yata sushi.
So good!
Then got to meet our guides Toda, Takami, and Eri who will guide us to Oma.
Everyone had a great time today. Thank you toshio and Yuko-san for all your hospitality.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hakodate-day 2

We made it to Hakodate and our guides toshio and Yuko from rainbow club met us for a fun day!
This is Hakodate port 
Dinner at goto-ken, russian food.
And up to mount Hakodate for spectacular night scene.
Then ended the eve eating crab from toshio and Yuko.  So good!  Tomorrow more seafood.

Sapporo-day 1

Catching the train in Japan is the way to go!
Beautiful flowers along the way.
All kinds of beers.
Shoyu bottles from Otaru.
And scenery like the Otaru canal.
And ending our day eating ghengis khan (lamb) hit the spot. Thank you to our guide Mayu for showing us around. 
We all enjoyed the treats from Mayu.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Search

Time to long Hawaii 
In search of the legendary bluefin fisherman in Japan.
This is passing through Sendai.  We will never forget march 11th.

Monday, May 19, 2014

South Swell #2

Past 3 days have been fun surfing on our south shores of Oahu.  The long period swell with variable winds provided great waves for everyone.  Timing the offshore opportunities with barrels and long rides by avoiding the mid day seabreezes and crowds has been key.  Waves should be slowly diminishing the next few days so time to start packing for our next Red Sea Ocean Adventure!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Surfing Pigs

Went to check the surf and saw couple pet pigs on the beach.  I think this is the surfing pigs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ahi withdrawals

Missing eating fresh ahi. Spicy tuna, ahi seared...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mixed Bag Catch

Let out the lines first and hooked up to this hungry booby bird.
Al ah née reeled it in to save his life and he bit als finger in return.

Kekoa Mau got this nice white ulua which put up a good fight.

Al's monster table boss!
And we got a fish eye mu as well.
Not bad for a weekday dive.
Fresh sashimi to end our day! Thanks to the Red Sea Crew for all their help today.