Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Each of those doors opened into a classroom and each of the classrooms opened to each other by sliding the "walls" back into the structural wall just like shoji screens, very cool. So when all of the screens (actually has a blackboard on one side, not screen/paper or glass as would be normal with a shoji style screen door) are pushed back into the walls you have one immensely long room...perfect for a art gallery! They have some incredibly gorgeous work here and some styles I never have experienced before, a very nice Gallery with knowledgeable and helpful staff...some of the items are of museum quality and age...a great place to mosey around for an hour or so!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
When I first saw this it reminded me so strongly of the Giants Causeway in Ireland, go here for a great web site about that formation.
This photo is a little grainy (?), because the light quality was very challenging...this formation is down inside a "blow hole" by the ocean and the shot had to be timed between wave surges. (you know its been a good day when you have to clean salt spots of your glasses!)
Have a great Weekend...I'll show you how we celebrate Memorial day in Hawaii tomorrow...
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I just can't wait!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
That being said, the story goes like this...the momma cat was "deserted" by her previous owners and she moved in with us...just showed up and moved in. And of course she was pregnant, well she had 5 kittens and now has a appointment with the local vet. In the mean time we have been finding homes for the babies...the very cute babies!
But this one just has IT, she is the new IT kitty...we call her Namaste because she looks just like the white tiger at the Panaewa zoo that is named Namaste (Namaste is Hindi for a common Indian greeting meaning "I bow to you", when you see some one from India put both hands together in front of them and gently incline their upper body, this is what they usually are saying/doing. The tiger was a gift to us from India so the naming is very appropriate.) Except that Namaste the tiger has gorgeous Sapphire blue eyes while our Namaste looks like she will have dreamy gold ones.
The woven mat she is laying on is called a Lauhala mat and it is made by weaving treated/cured palm fronds together, they are very useful and most everyone has at least one. You can take them to the beach or forest to sit on, leave them on the lanai for muddy slippers or put them under you bed for a decorative accent (they also protect the floor much like a rug will). And they make great cat toys!
Monday, May 21, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
White and/or gold sand tends to come from mineral sediment, ground shells and coral remnants, which breaks down to a smaller smoother particle than the volcanic sand, this accounts for black sand beaches being "rougher" than white or gold sand beaches.
White, gold, black or green (yes green, near South Point, Big Island, there is a green sand beach and its main ingredient is Olivine, cool huh.) every beach is fascinating...I call it the triple S factor; Sand. Surf and Sun, who can resist?
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Coconut Island is located right next to Queen Liliuokalani park in Hilo, and just up the street from the awesome Isles Cafe. The reference to the mongoose is because the little guys love to run around on the nice flat and almost level branches, just like it is their personal highway.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The back ground splotches of color you can see are the native Hawaiian Ohia Lehua, lovely tall, straight trunked trees with brilliant red pompom type flowers that make beautiful long lasting leis...I'll post a photo of those some day soon...
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I came across this tomb/mausoleum/crypt(?) the other day with some friends and I really don't know much about it...I will try to research it some more but at this point we know that Eric Watanabe was buried on the cliff side over looking the Ocean to the south east of the Big Island...and his tomb is bathed by the surf every few seconds...it was a very poignant moment as my friends and I stood and imagined why he requested this site for his final resting place, and the emotional strength of his friends/family to carry out that request. It must have been completed many years ago as I am sure it would not be allowed today. It really makes you think about who and what you leave behind...but in a very positive way. It was a beautiful day to be at the ocean and this truly added to our appreciation of it...
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Blue skies smilin' at me, Nothin' but blue skies do I see...Blue days, all of them gone, Nothin' but blue skies from now on! (Thanks Willie!)
It is a wonderful building with wide doorways, windows and lanais to capture the tradewinds, a beautiful double hipped roof, and colorful tiles picking out elements on the exterior, here are a few more pics...this building is right across the street from Kalakaua Park and next door to the East Hawaii Cultural Center (the old Police Station).
Thursday, May 10, 2007
A twofold national problem is how to preserve the wilderness in the country and get rid of the jungle in the cities...
All around east Hawaii you run across interesting examples of how the climate here is designed to break down and reuse "materials", from stainless steel to drywall it all starts to deteriate as soon as it gets to Hawaii! And it’s amazing (and disgusting) what happens to natural fiber fabrics. And leather jackets, well...lets just say they develop a life all their own (a very fuzzy life, yech!), that goes double for leather shoes!
But then again, that is all part of the big picture, these same organisms contribute to the incredibly fertile environment that helps heal some of the abuses we put it through, and provides so well for us given a chance.
I have lived in extremely arid environments that refuse to ever give up that 4 wheeler track (the deserts of Colorado & Utah) and it never fails to amaze me how quickly the land in east Hawaii erases all sign that anyone was ever there...