Sleeping on the Sand (Can be comfortable)
During my travels on Maui and other Outer Islands, I traveled by minibike. I took just the minimum amount of lightweight sleeping gear needed to have a nice economical vacation. After a short time I figured out that all I needed was an army surplus rain poncho and a large double bedspread.
The temperature in the Islands in the 60ies varied by only about 5° from the day time to the evening and it is about 5° warmer in the summer than the winter, so when I travel during the summer I really didn’t need any more bedding than the above.
Most of the time I would spread the poncho out on the sand and use the bedspread as a cover, not so much for warmth, but to keep any mosquitoes away, if they were present. If it rained I did the reverse and put down the bedspread on top of the soft sand and then spread the poncho out on top of me to keep the rain off. On the good side, it very seldom rained. Most of the rain falls on the higher elevations.
The one exception was when I was on the Big Island in the City of Hilo. I was trying to sleep in an area that turned out to be off-limits because of the risk of a big flood as seen in the previous Tsunami. I did not know this. I pulled my little mini bike into the park and spread out my bed on the grass under a nice looking tree. I had something to eat and I fell asleep. Since my poncho kept me dry I thought everything was ok, but after a while the rain made the grass soggy, to the point where it started creeping in underneath me.
I got up and moved into a small pump house building with no doors and a cement floor. It was not very comfortable but at least it was out of the rain. After a while a patrolman came by and let me know about the laws and how it was dangerous to be in that area in case of another Tsunami. Luckily for me in Hawaiian style, he said ok you can stay here but you’ll have to leave early in the morning.
As I drove away the next morning, I noticed a hotel in the affected area that was still open. I took a closer look and I noticed that it was built in a way that looked like there were carports below so that the first floor lobby was up one floor from the beach. Apparently this allowed as it is safe from a Tsunami.
The next Evening it was time to find a place to stay indoors. I asked around for an economical place to stay and I found out that there was a Japanese Tea House that would let me to stay over as long as I was willing to go through the Japanese tea ceremony. It was interesting and quite different. I enjoyed my stay there. Afterwards I did some more traveling around visiting waterfalls and nature parks.