As promised, albeit a day or two late, here is the pictorial oddessey documenting the "Freedom Fighters" tour of the Big Island, or more accurately our trip from Kona to Kamuela.
Kamuela (aka Waimea\*) is a fascinating place. Its a small interior town on the Big Island of Hawaii and is the center for ranching activities and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture. To give you a sense of size of this culture, the Parker Ranch in and around Waimea is the largest privately-owned cattle ranch in the US (and you thought everything was bigger in Texas). At the same time Kamuela is also home to the headquarters of two of the most advanced astronomical observatories in the world, the Keck Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.
It was at the Canada-France-Hawaii facility at 3,000 feet that we gave our talks on Free Software.
\*Since there are a bunch of Waimeas in Hawaii, the USPS and many of the locals use the name "Kamuela" to refer to the town.
Above: Our merry band assembles after arriving in Kona. From left to right: Jim Thompson, entrepreneur, free software supporter and organizer of our trip; Scott Belford, Director of the Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation (HOSEF) and the organizer of PFOSSCON; Richard Stallman (aka RMS) founder of the Free Software movement.
On the ride from the Kona airport to Kamuela, we were treated to a veritable global potpourri of music from RMS's personal traveling collection (conveniently stored in the CD spindle case that you get when you buy blank disks.) Our aural travels took us from Holland to Japan to Bali to Peru all at a relatively high volume (Richard freely admits that he has trouble hearing these days).
The Grounds at the Kamuela Inn
Above: The view from my room at the ultra homey Kamuela Inn.
The Waimea Coffee Company
Above: Before an early dinner and our talk we had some time to kill so we made the half mile trek over to the Waimea Coffee Company, located smack dab in the middle of this bustling town. We chilled, drank coffee and checked out the view and email.
The Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant
Above: We had an early dinner a few hundred yards from the Coffee Company at Daniel Thiebaut's which featured a blend of Asian, French and contemporary cuisine. (My recommendation is to get the Ali'i special)
Above: Our meal amongst the Aloha shirts. For dinner our group was joined by Sarah-with-an-H and Bill Wiecking.
Presenting at CFHT
Above: RMS led off and I then came in for the big close :)
Back at Kona Airport - Aloha
Above: Our work is done here. Time to head back to the mainland.
Tune in next time for -- RMS's alter-ego "St. Ignucius."
Pau for now...
Note: I used the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) today for the first time and loved it, free software at its best! I was able to shrink the photos above and then fool with the contrast, brightness and pump up the clarity. I can see it becoming a very addictive tool.