I love flowers. I take so many pictures of the blooms and colors, petals and leaves, bugs crawling their way to lunch. What do I do in winter? Flowers turn into snow. Leafless trees hold that lonely beauty all their own.
In Hawaii, there were so many things to see. On one hike, the guide said, “This is one place where you keep your camera ready the entire time.” I was in the right place.
Enjoy some of my favorite sights from Hawaii. Identification thanks to this website, http://wildlifeofhawaii.com/flowers/common-name/l/, and random Googling.
How right it is
to love flowers and the greenery
of pines and ivy and hawthorn hedges;
they have been with us
from the very beginning.
-Vincent Van Gogh
Red Tower Ginger
Old World Forked Fern
Queen Emma Lily
These are pictures of our last few days in Hawaii. In the depths of winter, I will look at these and wish.
Summer afternoon—summer afternoon;
to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
We went there
And more dolphins
We walked there
For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the spirit of its woody solitudes, I hear the plashing of the brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.
– Mark Twain
Lava, lava, beaches and more lava. The Big Island is a gorgeous place. I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Click for details or check out the references below.
Swim the Surf
Fly Your Kite
Old and New
TSA Video including Honokohau, MacKenzie, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DQRyMA4PN8
The amazingly beautiful and free Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park http://www.nps.gov/kaho/index.htm
Some words about the haunted MacKenzie State Park http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2013/04/haunted-hawaii-krg-investigates-mackenzie-state-park-2572430.html
Ahalanui Park and its volcanically heated pool http://www.hawaiiislandlife.com/2011/03/ahalanui-park-big-island-hawaii/
Kalapana – Kilauea Lava Field http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/history/1990Kalapana/
You know those questions some people ask at dinners and parties – “If money was no object, what if?”. I recently went to dinner where the conversation questions included “what superpower would you have”, “what would your everyday car be”, and “where would your primary home be”. And though there was an attempt to ridicule each of my answers, I would still want to have C3PO’s communication ability, any car that didn’t use a lot of gas, and my primary home would be somewhere in the beautiful, blue-skied, BBQ-infused Carolinas.
Maybe my everyday home could be in Hawaii. Yes, it would be a serious investment in sunscreen, but maybe I could become a test subject for Neutrogena. I’d take a place on the ocean, in the mountains, or a place near Twin Falls on Maui where we took this hike. My flower shots will come later, but until then, enjoy.
Sunset at Sea
Sun – Shadow
Blue or Blue
Oh the light
Back to the blue sky
References: Hike Maui http://www.hikemaui.com/ When our awesome guide said, “This is the kind of hike where you keep your camera out the entire time,” I knew I was in the right place. Hike Maui did a great job!
Happy 50th Anniversary to my in-laws! Thanks to this admirable celebration of their love and family, we were (luckily) a part of a grand celebration in Hawaii. It was the honeymoon they’d never had. It was a vacation and an adventure like we’d never had.
Hawaii is one of those places on many lists – Most Beautiful, Dream Travel Locations, Romantic Honeymoons, Best Beaches, Volcanic Sights, and so many more. It was certainly on our list. As with so many places we have the chance to see, it remains on our list until we have the opportunity to experience its wonder again.
Enjoy the blue. Enjoy the green. Appreciate just some of the wonder that is Hawaii.
The Sea, once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of wonder forever.
– Jacques-Yves Cousteau
For more wonder, enjoy http://youtu.be/5DQRyMA4PN8 and our short clip of a blowhole on Oahu http://instagram.com/p/qD99qaBmtv/?modal=true.
USS Ronald Reagan
Baldwin State Park
Sunrise near Maui
USS Arizona Memorial
Sunset at Waikiki
From Diamond Head
Ho’okipa State Park
References for your trip:
http://www.discoverhawaiitours.com/ – Ask for Moni. She is a fantastic guide and an immediate friend.
USS Arizona Memorial – http://www.nps.gov/valr/index.htm http://www.bowfin.org/visit
Bike/Moped/Scooter Rental Honolulu – http://www.hawaiianstylerentals.com/ This site includes rental info as well as great maps for your tour.
Paradise Cove Luau – http://paradisecove.com/
Diamond Head http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/oahu/index.cfm?park_id=15