Day 7, 8 & 9: Morning everyone, it’s Jenny!!! The girls have been doing a great job keeping everyone updated for me and I am so appreciative! I woke up Thursday AM in Hilo Bay (unplanned landing but safe landing) with my arm and hand so swollen I decided to get medical attention. I was a day ahead of schedule due to the big swell not allowing me to land in my original spots as explained in the previous update. I really wanted to stay on track and get my kayak to Richardson’s Beach, just a few miles more up the coast, for my departure Friday. With less than 4 miles to this destination I was able to have my first leisurely morning of packing and breakfast before paddling. An amazing man Kalani Kahalioumi was going to store my kayak for me there next to an old Hawaiian canoe in their locked building!! The paddle was easy but the landing in the beach park can be difficult in a swell to someone who is not familiar with the coral formations! A lifeguard (Mark Collins), came out on his surfboard and met me before the break! We hung out for a bit with some sea turtles waiting for the perfect time and surfed them in together! Had a perfect landing through the big sets and Mark even said, “Whew…let us be thankful for that”. Krystal and I enjoyed some tide pools and then went to get medical care. No fracture thankfully, just tenosynovitis. They advised me to stop kayaking, but that was not going to happen!
We spent the night with Kim and Rich Pierce at their home in Hilo where my good friend JR made us an amazing pasta meal, I had a real shower, did some laundry, and slept in a bed for the first time in a week!! Their hospitality to us was incredible and we were so grateful! I had been contemplating taking a rest day due to my arm. However, when the weather report is “good”…you paddle! Kalani woke up early to meet us so I could get an early start for the 21 mile day to Kapoho. The surf to exit Richardson’s Park had me nervous with a small opportunity for error. Kalani didn’t hesitate and he jumped in the front of my kayak to help me out safely!! After feeling the power of his stroke I joked with him about paddling the rest of the way with me!! He said his good wishes to me and jumped out to swim back to shore! I have spent 8 days solo in that kayak and never realized how alone and scared I had truly been until I had the comfort of Kalani in it for just a few minutes. His energy and help had me in high spirits and off I went!! I paddled 11 hours to kapoho! I was cruising and singing for the first half, but then I hit that south wind and everything changed. I Paddled 90-100% for hours leaving me exhausted by the time I landed. Boz and Krystal grabbed the kayak from me to pull it ashore while I waded in the water for a minute. I had only used the foot drivers all day to rest my arm so when it was time for me to stand…I couldn’t. My good friend Boz came in and helped to my feet and on to dry land! Barely being able to keep my eyes open, I ate dinner and called it a night! The south winds are higher today so I am actually going to take that rest day I keep talking about. I am sure my body will thank me after some thermal pools and champagne ponds! Keep caring and sharing everyone!! Mahalo, Jenny