Wherever you go in the Pacific, you see statues or other memorials to Captain Cook, and Hawaii is no exception. The man certainly got around. Unfortunately he met his end in Hawaii. When he first arrived, he was believed to be a god and was treated royally. After he left, one of his ships lost a mast in a storm. When he had to limp back to make repairs, it became clear to the Hawaiians that he wasn’t a god, and they killed him. His monument is near Kealakekua Bay, where he was killed.
Hawaii has a long tradition of ranching and has some very large spreads, like the 300,000 acre Parker Ranch. The Hawaiians were given several breeding pairs of cattle by Captain Vancouver, who came to the islands with Captain Cook in the 1770s and revisited on his own expeditions in the 1790s. With no natural predators, the cattle soon multiplied and became a nuisance. Spanish cowboys were brought over to teach ranching techniques to the Hawaiians. When they finished the job and returned home, some of them left guitars behind. The Hawaiians didn’t know how to play guitar in the Spanish way, so they invented their own method, called the “slack-key style.”
Laetitia and her group went hiking on Mauna Kea and in the evening went to a slack key guitar concert, after which she presented the limerick of the day.
That ubiquitous salt Captain Cook
Has stone shrines wherever you look
New Zealand, not Nebraska,
And Hawaii, the last trip he took.