FROM CAMP 4 KAUAI
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Most of the games we played,
including football, were at a widening of the road next to
the neighborhood store, and the barbershop. Our football
games were played with a ball made from old rags to
resemble a football.
At one of our games, the football hit the overhead
electrical line, and the wires tangled together. Because
of the frayed insulation, and in parts no insulation at
all, the wires started to spark, and smoke came from the
insulation. This affected the barbershop since the lines
went directly to it. Unfortunately, there was a customer
in the barbershop at the time, and when the electricity
went out the barber came running out waving his arms, and
yelling for us to untangle the lines. This wasn't an easy
task made worse with all the sparking, the noise, and the
smoke from the wires. After several tries at throwing the
football at the tangled lines, smoke still coming from the
sparking insulation, the lines were finally
untangled, the sparking, and smoking went away, the
electricity went back on, we continued with our game, and
the barber went back to his customer.
Kauai had a football league where everybody played
barefoot, and with a weight limit of 135 pounds. Olokele
Sugar Plantation fielded a team with participants from the
different camps throughout the plantation. There were
seven camps in all so fielding a team was not very
difficult. Our home games were played at the Kaumakani
elementary school playing field, and the other games were
played in Hanapepe, Waimea, Kekaha, and Kalaheo, all towns
on the West side of Kauai where we were.
Our teams were average, win some, lose some, but
attendance at the games were always good. I played in the
defensive line, all 120 pounds, and in the only game I
played in, I tackled the running back, and got a
dislocated nose from his bare foot. I did not try out for
the next season!!
DRIVING TO KOKEE
Driving up to Kokee was an adventure in my uncle's Model A
Ford. Driving uphill on the road with it's many sharp
curves, the Model A made it's usual stop next to the same
tree since this was about the time the radiator started to
steam, and needed to cool down. My mother usually got
carsick from all the curves at the same time.
This was also where we had a snack, saving lunch for the
park further up the road on the way to Kalalau Lookout.
The drive probably took more than two hours because of all
the curves, and going uphill , but this was one of my
favorite trips growing up on Kauai.
One of my favorite
swimming spot was salt pond, about three miles from
Camp 4. The beach is protected by an outer fringe of
coral, and rock making it appear like one great big
pond. The waves crashing on the outer fringe are
broken into small waves when they roll into the pond,
and on to the beach making it a quite safe swimming
area. We used to pack a picnic lunch, bring our
fishing poles and make it a good outing for the day.
Today, Salt Pond is still popular with families
with young children, since the county built a park,
put in bathroom facilities, and picnic tables, and
water fountain. Every time I go back to Kauai, I make
sure that I fish at Salt Pond.
I remember, the second time I took my wife to Salt
Pond, we packed a picnic lunch and had a nice meal
with everything spread out on a straw mat. Next to
Salt Pond there is an airfield for small planes, and
the day of our picnic a helicopter landed at the end
of the runway near the beach. Out of the helicopter
came two couples, and the pilot was carrying two large
picnic baskets. They spread out their lunch, including
wine, we only had pop, and they had a grand feast.
After they left, I told my wife they probably paid a
lot for their picnic compared to us driving fifteen
minutes from my brother's house in Kaumakani to get to
A PICNIC LUNCH TO SALT POND
This is a tip for a tourist or anyone visiting Salt
Pond, and wanting to pack a picnic lunch. On the left
side of the main road, in the town of Hanapepe, on the
way to Salt Pond, there is a takeout restaurant called
Omoide. It is just after you cross over the Hanapepe
River. They carry local food, meaning Chinese,
Japanese, Filipino...if you don't see it, ask, and
they can probably make it for you. All their food can
be carried out or eaten at the premise. They also
carry water, pop, and some fruit drinks. And their
specialty, a Lilikoi pie, is really worth trying. My
brother from Madison, Wisconsin, whenever he goes back
to Kauai makes certain that he stops at Omoide for the
Lilikoi pie. Hey, my wife and I do the same!!