Last week we went to The Grand Hyatt, Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii. It was for business and pleasure. We landed on a clear and beautiful day. We discovered that rain had been falling for the last two months and we were fortunate to be there on a day that was sunny.
We saw a few reasonable sunrises and I saw my very first “green flash” during the first sunrise. I thought I was going to have to go to Maine to see that. Such a nice surprise. We traveled a little ways to sightsee and then the rains picked back up. It was very soggy there. It didn’t dampen our spirits though. Hawaii is a lovely place and I like being there, come rain or shine or frizzy hair. So I leave you with, “Aloha” and a few photos that capture my memories of Kauai.
There are times when I wonder why I am so drawn to taking photos when I travel to various places. I suppose it’s so I’ll keep those images with me in a tangible way. I find that I keep those images and experiences with me anyway. When I look at these photos from Hawaii,
Tiny Sand Crabs
it seems that I can still hear the pounding surf, see the sea spray on my sunglasses, and feel the gritty sand between my toes. These images bring back the temperature of the day, the wind that completely messed up my hair, and the delight I found in seeing the crab’s shadow rush across the sand. The mountains were quiet, filled with hanging clouds that spat occasional raindrops at us. My mind is filled with these memories but these photos bring back all those other pieces and feelings that made taking the photos so important to me at that moment in time on that particular day.
I take photos because I love all the places I have been and I want to keep those memories with me always.
Last week we got away to the island of Oahu and spent three days at Turtle Bay Resort before embarking back to Honolulu and the Hilton Hawaiian Village. They should really call it the Hilton Hawaiian Zoo. It was so much more relaxing at Turtle Bay. There aren’t turtles in Turtle Bay, it’s got good snorkeling, and the atmosphere is something that makes you want to return, time and time again.
Sunset at Turtle Bay
Waimea Beach Park Hibiscus
Beached Driftwood & Shells
Turtle Bay Resort Oahu Hawaii
The food on site was wonderful. We were even able to share a rather nice showing of a green flash with the other people who were staying there. It was a bit like the reaction people have to fireworks. You could tell that everyone had seen it.
I just wanted to share a little of the aloha spirit today as you all started your week. I know you weren’t there to share it with me but these photos depict the feeling well. Open them to a larger size and remember your fondest memories of any one of the islands. Do you think that it’s time that you return to Hawaii?
We went to Maui recently and I was thinking back on the trip. It seems we were there ages ago yet I know we went recently. While there, we got up very early one morning to go snorkeling at Molokini Crater. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. We were the only boat there and the fish were amazing and brightly colored in the clear cool morning water. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? It was!
Bumble in the Flowers
After breakfast we went for a quick walk. It was all we had time for and we wanted to see a little more of the surroundings before we returned back home. The Hibiscus were lovely, as always but I am always looking for the wildlife, so to speak. I was fortunate to get a shot of this giant bumble bee as he flew from flower to flower.
Sunset from The Canoe House
I would be leaving the best part out if I didn’t include this photo. We had a fabulous time at The Canoe House while the sun was setting one evening. There had been several evenings when we could not see the setting sun but everything about this evening was perfect. I love how captured images can take you right back to a special event. This Saturday, I hope to find more of that magic in Berkeley.
I often find my mind drifting after I’ve been to Hawaii. It conjures up images from my most recent trip. This last visit has proved to do the same. Once we left the Big Island and arrived in Maui, we had an enchanting experience and I will share more of that in some blogs to follow.
Lacey Green Leaves
Look at the leaf here. There was obviously an insect that thought this plant was quite delicious. I think it looks a bit like lace. The leaves caught my eye and then what was behind it caught my imagination. Wouldn’t you love to live here? I would! I wouldn’t mind just visiting here either.
Looking Like Paradise Awaits
It’s nearly across the street from this little old stone church. This island has so much to offer and so many long-lasting memories from the pleasant times that I’ve spent here.
Chapel By The Sea
We went to areas that we didn’t know existed and it leaves (no pun intended) me thinking that I need to return to other islands to see everything they have to offer that I might have missed in the past too. Always love to return home but then I can’t wait to explore some more…..
We went to The Big Island last week. I didn’t see many bugs, maybe because it was rather windy while we were there. What we saw on our last day there was a magnificent flower. I’ve seen lots of hibiscus in my life but none as beautiful and eye-catching as this one. I believe it is called Lava Flow and you can imagine why. I was so excited to get a shot of it and then I realized, it had a companion. As I raised my camera, I found this gecko, with attitude, lounging on this amazing flower.
Hanging Out on the Hibiscus
I like geckos; don’t get me wrong. I just wanted a shot of the flower without the locals hanging around. I left for a bit, came back, got a good shot and then wondered…where did the gecko go?
Snacking on the Blossoms
He was on the new blossoms. Lunching on them! He looked pretty proud of himself too. Geckos have it made. They live in Hawaii, hang out all day, and get to eat gloriously gorgeous food. What more could you want? C’est La Vie!
You’re going to think this is a little crazy but almost everyday I awake and think, “I have a good life.” Maybe it’s because images like this one run through my mind. This is what I love about taking photos, once you have them in front of you, they tend to stay in your mind. People used to write poetry to help those images stay with them. We simply point and shoot and there it is, like an instant magical memory.
Quiet Sunrise in Hawaii
I think while shooting photographs, you are constantly looking to capture the most beauty out of a subject that you can. I look at the photo below and can remember the sound that was made as the surge of the waves would push up through the hole.
Then there is this beast. I only got to spend a short time with this subject but this image stays with me for some reason. I wish that I had more time to spend there but we were on a bus tour that gave us enough time to disembark, click, click, click and off we would go to the next quick stop.
Whirlwind Tour in Scotland
This next image takes me back to walks to the waters edge in England, good friends, and happy times. I know it’s often gray there but I found it to be a delightful place and now I can go back and pull up these photos and return to my wonderful memories any time I wish to.
Gray Day in Southern England
So look at my memories, and remember your own. Perhaps we all have, “a very good life.”
It’s hard to get away from the water when you’re on an island. I suppose that is the very reason that so many people visit Hawaii every year. I find that I don’t want to leave its memory behind, once I’ve returned home.
My Favorite Color Lives Inside This Wave
I thought that I’d share these waves with you, as once I took the photo, I found that there were things I wasn’t even noticing while I was standing on the cliffs. The yellows on the hill are reflected in the waves. I only saw the blues of the ocean, separate from the yellows on the hill while I was there, but the colors are clearly merged in the photograph.
The reason I don’t want to leave the force of the waves behind could be that the blending of power and beauty are so harmonious in nature.
I hope that these photos fill you with peace, power, and the Aloha spirit, to sustain you throughout your day.
You may have missed my recent attempt at posting my blog. I was in Maui, Hawaii and my iPad didn’t want to allow me to post anything. I thought about struggling with it, and then I thought; why?
First Evening Sunset Kaanapali
This isn’t the best photo that I took, but on our first night, we were serenaded with a concert six floors down. It was amazing. I love music, I love tropical evenings, and I love pleasent surprises like this. I wanted to keep the feel of the party long after it was gone. I’ve been listening to their CD’s for days now.
Concert with Henry Kapono & Willie K
Our first night in Wailea was beautiful and I took this while on our way to the welcome party, down the beach pathway which was just past the pool.
Pool Sunset Grand Wailea
I had heard glorious rumors about Mama’s Fish House and was longing to go there all week. We finally made it on the last evening and stopped in for an appetizer. This place is like being in first class. I wasn’t sure if I’d return to Maui, as it is rather congested for me these days, but I must return to go to Mama’s. It was devine.
Final Sunset at Mama’s
There’s more to come as we had many adventures while in Hawaii. I’m missing the sound of the ocean waves as they pounded the shore. It’s funny how fast you can grow to appreciate certain things.
It occured to me, while writing last weeks post, that I don’t see the sunrise all that often. I’ve a hill that sits to the east between myself and the sun. I do watch the sunrise, almost everyday, when we go to the Hawaiian Islands by just not altering from California time. Yesterday, I went to the writing group and one of the regulars wanted help with her haiku. It made me think about the fact that I had not written a haiku in a very long time. Here is one for each of these sunrise photos. I hope you like them.