ANOTHER BLUE HAWAIIAN CANCELLATION
We managed to drive to the Blue Hawaiian heliport at Waikoloa at 10:15am. Along the way, we were intrigued by the white rocks placed on the black lava fields spelling out various messages. However, there were the odd graffiti of the spraypaint variety undoubtedly perpetrated by thugs.
It was still a bit early for our tour so we just chilled out on the outdoor porch surveying who else who would be flying with us (also in part because we wanted to get a feel for what our chances would be to get a front seat of their A-star, which is allocated by weight). Julie took this opportunity to ask about their safety record as we checked in. She seemed to have made the receptionist nervous with her questioning and she got a response to the effect that the previous flights in the morning arrived safely…
As people started to trickle in, we could see that there were heaps of people (at least a dozen couples) and that not all of them would fly on the Hamakua Coast Waterfalls tour that we signed up for. It was also around this time that the winds started to kick up. This started to place some doubt in our minds as to whether this tour would take off or not.
Eventually, the safety briefing was shown on the screen in the outdoor patio area. Then, people starting to receive and don their life jackets. But that was when one of the Blue Hawaiian employees came out and said the conditions were no good for helicopter touring.
“That’s two in a row,” Julie said to me; referring to the tour cancellation for the East Maui/Haleakala Tour with Blue Hawaiian Maui just two weeks ago.
Of course this news didn’t surprise Julie and myself one bit, but we started to get the sense that we wasted our time driving over two hours from Hilo to get here and killing time waiting for the tour and getting ripped off parking in Kona. I also started having regrets about not taking a tour directly from the airport in Hilo to see both the Hamakua Coast and the Volcanoes. I probably made a mistake of thinking that we’d stand a better chance of seeing waterfalls in Waimanu Valley in a dedicated Hamakua/Kohala Coast tour as opposed to the two-in-one that was offered at Hilo. Oh well, you live and learn I guess.
Besides, given the helicopter crash in Princeville, Kaua’i, this probably helped Julie’s piece of mind in that we weren’t taking our chances with the seemingly bad karma that was in the air.