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Winter at Kona Reef, Hawaii By Richard Gard
Writers' Weir: Winter at Kona Reef, Hawaii 052417 AE 1 Capital City Weekly Winter at Kona Reef, Hawaii By Richard Gard

Hanil's Beach at Kona, Hawaii. Image courtesy of Greta Gard.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Story last updated at 5/23/2017 - 3:44 pm

Writers' Weir: Winter at Kona Reef, Hawaii

Winter at Kona Reef, Hawaii

By Richard Gard

Upon the edge of Kona town

lies a reef of great renown.

Waves well up out of the deep

to crash upon this famous reef.

In the eddies near the shore

turtles feed and shore birds soar.

And at the edge the surfers dwell

waiting for the perfect swell.

In the distance from the beach

humpback whales may blow or breach.

Spinner dolphins twirl and run

and tourists parasail for fun.

Twice a week the cruise ships come

and disgorge people by the ton.

On such days to be discreet

stay by the pool and off the street.

Sunset brings a different show

perhaps green flash and afterglow.

Cameras click and people stare

and very soon the beach is bare.

Long may the busy sea expound

with mesmerizing waves and sound.

And so my friends this is my story

of Kona Reef in all its glory.

Dr. Richard Gard moved to Juneau in 1962. He has worked for the Auke Bay Laboratory and the University of Alaska. Each winter, he travels to Kona and his poem depicts what he observes from his oceanfront lanai. His recent book with Dr. Richard Lee Bottorff summarizes 130 years of sockeye salmon research in the Karluk River System.