How right it is

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

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The last days

These are pictures of our last few days in Hawaii.  In the depths of winter, I will look at these and wish.

Summer afternoon‚ÄĒsummer afternoon;
to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
-Henry James

The Big Island

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.

 

References

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 РKilauea Lava Field  http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/history/1990Kalapana/

I Could Live There

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.

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!

Wonder Forever

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 РMost 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.

References for your trip:

http://www.discoverhawaiitours.com/ РAsk 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