Thursday, October 11, 2012

Some Of Jerry's Good Stories About Hapuna Beach Hawaii 1970

Jerry likes to talk. He likes to tell stories and often he talks endlessly. But some of his stories are good.
He doesn't write them down and he doesn't use a computer. He just likes to talk. He weighs about 450 pounds. He is a good natured fellow with a sweet disposition.

He likes to tell stories of when he was young and on the road.

He traveled over much of the USA and Mexico with his parents on their vacations when he was growing up.
He has been to India three times and he likes to go often to Virginia Beach. But when he was younger he traveled with friends to the west coast and Alaska and then on by himself to Hawaii.

When he left Alaska it was getting cold. Real cold. Winter was coming in fast. He decided to fly to Hawaii while he still had the money to do so. He flew to Seattle and got a ticket to the Big Island. They stopped in Honolulu long enough to have the plane cleaned and then headed out to the Big Island. There were only about 5 people onboard. The flight attendents had plenty of time to talk to the passengers. One of them told him to rent a car in Hilo and drive around to the other side of the island to a place called Hapuna Beach. This was back around 1970 and hippies still were allowed to live on the beach there at that time.

So Jerry took her advice. He rented a car and drove around the island arriving at Hapuna Beach late at night.
He went down to the beach and went to sleep. When he woke up a young woman was standing over him. She said you must have arrived last night. Come on over to our camp and have some breakfast.
So began Jerry's 3 weeks on Hapuna Beach. He lived there on the beach and never had to spend any money.  
   There was a college professor there from some midwestern US school. He was sort of a philosopher who had dropped out, tuned in, and turned on. He would not tell anyone his name. He said, "Call me H". That  was what he was called by everyone. Just "H".

He worked part time killing sharks to earn enough money to live the rest of the year without working.

One day Jerry decided to write a letter to one of his brothers telling him where he was and what he was doing.  Jerry was sitting at a picnic table writing this letter when one of the hippie types came up to him and asked him what he was doing. Jerry told him. The guy said I dont think you should tell anybody about this place. They must find it on their on.  He didn't want anymore people showing up. He wanted to keep the place a secret.

I have looked at photos and videos of Hapuna beach. It is indeed one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA.   I don't think it has changed much. It is still a state park and has been kept undeveloped.

Hotels near that area are very expensive. But Jerry was lucky. He hit it at just the right time. He lived there 3 weeks rent free living on the beach. I wonder if H is still there. I doubt it.
Even some of the old Hawaii Five O episodes from around that time of 1969/1970 show hippies living on the beaches. I think there are still hippies living in remote areas inland today.

When Jerry had just enough money to fly to LA he left and headed home to Virginia. He hitch hiked all the way across country. Leaving LA he was picked up by a van full of hippies. It was dark and he could not see the people in the back of the van. They were real friendly and one of the girls in the back came forward to offer him food. She said "Here have something to eat".
And Jerry said one other thing about her. He said she was totally nude. She did not have on a stitch of clothes.

That was what life was like back in the 1960s and early 1970s. It all ended around 1975 when the Vietnam war ended. The country had been driven nuts from 1965 to 1975 by the Vietnam War and the draft. As soon as the war ended and the draft ended everything changed and all the protests stopped. The 1960s were finally over. It was the draft that caused all the protests. Now we have a war entering the 11th year. And no protests against it.  The Pentagon has learned they dont need to draft people anymore. So not a protest in sight here in Washington D.C.

More Jerry stories to follow. Stay tuned.