Monday, April 30, 2012

Cool Rims

I am always noticing the bicycles around town, especially the beach cruisers, because many of them are personalized or just more colorful than the average bike.  This bright orange rims on this one caught my eye.  There is one particular bike that I've spotted several times in Kailua when I didn't have my camera with me.  It's completely covered in artificial flowers - I hope to post of pic of it one day!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dusk at Ala Moana

Sitting on the sand at Ala Moana Beach Park, just after sunset.  For more sky photos from around the world, please visit Skywatch Friday!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shipping Containers Stacked High

"Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines" (

I actually think about this sometimes, and marvel at the efforts required to move enough goods here to sustain over 900,000 people on our island alone.  Here are some more interesting facts:

 Honolulu Harbor offers cargo vessels and commercial interests over 200 acres of container yards, more than 30 berth facilities, and over FIVE miles of mooring.  In 2005 Honolulu Harbor accommodated over 500 thousand cruise ship passengers and handled $3.3 billion US in imports and over $200 million US in exports. Major cargoes handled through Honolulu Harbor include automobiles, overseas cargos, breakbulk, general cargo, dry and liquid bulk, and petroleum products. Among the most frequent cargoes are general merchandise, scrap metal, lumber, vehicles, sugar, molasses, chemical products, cement, diesel, fuel oil, jet fuel, and gasoline (from World Port Source).


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

O: Oma'oma'o

Oma'oma'o is the Hawaiian word for green, and it's the word that comes to mind when I see this view.  I snapped this while eating at Haleiwa Joe's in Kaneohe.  For more 'O' photos, go check out ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I like the different colors and textures here - soft green leaves, rough grey bark, and crunchy brown leaves. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fried Bananas

This is my favorite roadside stand on the island - it's across the street from Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore, and they sell all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Every time we drive by (which isn't that often) I have to get a fried banana... probably the most unhealthy thing they have :)

Friday, April 20, 2012


The sun looks like a giant beach ball on the horizon, as if it's just about to bounce off of the dark water and back into the sky.  Of course, it didn't bounce, just kept slipping beneath the horizon :)  For more sky photos from around the world, please visit Skywatch Friday. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Got Milk?

I just like the colors of these old milk jugs at the keiki petting farm in the Honolulu Zoo (I prefer chocolate soy milk and vanilla almond milk myself though!).

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

N: New (RED!) Shoes

I saw this older gentleman and his dog resting on the trail to Ka'ena Point.  He was very conservatively dressed in his overalls and hat on this very hot day, but what caught my eye were his brand new bright red tennis shoes :)  For more 'N' photos, please go check out ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kailua Town Hula

At a hula performance here in town.  I love her smile - to me it is the embodiment the aloha spirit!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ahhh, Spring!

It's in full bloom - in my dining room, that is!  There's no way tulips would grow in my hot, dry, sandy yard, so the next best thing is a vase full of them on my table.  Happy Monday!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Field Trip - Hawaiian Style

I spent most of my day here, at Baby Makapu'u Tidepools, with my daughter's kindergarten class.  Watching a bunch of 5-6 year olds wading through the shallow water, turning over the rocks in the tidepools and then shrieking with delight at their discoveries - hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, even a starfish - was a lot of fun for me.  And the water...well, it was that stunning shade of turquoise that almost takes your breath away as you round the curve of the road and the sea stretches out before you!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012


That's what comes to mind when I look at this photo.  As I walked past the fisherman at sunrise, it was obvious that he'd been there for hours.  He had a little tent set up and coffee brewing on his camp stove.  Imagine sitting out there in the darkness, with only crashing waves and the occasional biting fish to keep you company!

Monday, April 9, 2012


Some of the beautiful ladies of the Hano Hano No Akua Ka Hula Hula halau.  This was taken right after their Easter sunrise performance yesterday, which was quite moving. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Collecting Seashells by the Seashore

Two little friends collect sticks and shells on the beach after a sunrise hula service.  I love the morning light here, and the breathtaking backdrop that the Ko'olau mountain range provides when the clouds ascend and hover just above its peaks.  For more sky photos from around the world, please go visit Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

L: Lizard Love

Saw this pair when I was weeding my flower bed the other day.  Like so many other animals, the camouflaging ability of these reptiles amazes me!  For more 'L' photos go check out ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A told B and B told C...

“Dare, double dare, you can’t catch me.  I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.”  Whenever I see this photo, it reminds me of a popular children's book - anyone remember it?