Jenny flew down the Kona Coast as she paddled her way to the finish. Calm seas and familiar water made the day's paddle go fast. She made it from Ho'okena in a short six hours, with her ground crew and bottles of champaign to greet her as she paddled into Kailua bay. Twenty days later and Jenny Decker is the first document person to kayak around the Big Island of Hawaii solo.
The second to last morning launch was out of Miloli'i. It went super smoothly. The night before Jenny had been interviewed by phone for the local newspaper and I had sent in a few photos. All of us were anxious and excited to see the articles but first we had to get Jenny in the water and all of our things packed. We headed to the launch site shortly after sun rise. It was a smooth entrance with wonderful friends there to help.
Miloli'i is very interesting place. An old fishing village that I have been told is hunted. The ambiance of this town is both very mystical and hunting.
After the launch, Krystal and I head back to the house to do our final clean up. We watched from the lani as Jenny slowly paddled by. Just a little yellow speck on the horizon.
Jenny arrived safely and quickly to Ho'okena. With the wind and waves on her side, Jenny told Krystal and me, it was her most enjoyable day yet.
Two locals congratulate Jenny before helping us bring the kayak a shore.
That night, other friends of Jenny's came down to spend time with her relaxing on the beach and enjoying the sunset.
The next morning was Jenny's final launch. Leaving as the sun was raising.