Friday, November 15, 2013

Cabin Sunrise

I took this when we were staying in one of the cabins at Bellows Beach a few weeks ago.  From left to right, Manana Island, Kaohikaipu Island, and Makapu'u Head can be seen rising from the water.  I love the stillness of a windward sunrise.  For more sky images from around the world, please check out Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

R: Rain, Rain

We've had crazy amounts of rain this week on the windward side of Oahu.  Even though it was taken with an iPhone while my husband was speeding down the highway, I couldn't resist posting this drive-by photo of the waterfalls that spontaneously appear on the Ko'Olau Mountain Range for just a short time when there's a downpour. There must have been over a hundred waterfalls yesterday - twelve just in this shot alone . Such a stunning phenomenon!  For more 'R' photos, please visit ABC Wednesday.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hermit Crabs

These little guys provide loads of fun for kids who like to climb around on the black lava rocks dotting the shores of many Oahu beaches.  Hunting for them, catching them, watching them peek in and out of their shells, letting them crawl around tickling little palms, and finally releasing them...

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Our New Bundle of Joy!

Well, I've tried and failed numerous times now to get back to daily photo posting.  The truth is that  it's been one heck of a busy year in our household!  In ten months we doubled the number of kids we have, from two to four.  Last December we arrived home with our newly adopted 8 year old daughter.  Then just a few weeks later, we found out we were expecting a baby - major surprise!  Blogging has taken a backseat to many other things this year.  But baby boy was born in September and is happy, healthy, and beautiful.  He is not, however, a cooperative subject for photo shoots :).  This was about the best one I could get when I attempted some beach photos with him at Waimanalo. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Summer To Remember

“And yet day and night meet fleetingly at twilight and dawn," he said, lowering his voice again and narrowing his eyes and moving his head a quarter of an inch closer to hers. "And their merging sometimes affords the beholder the most enchanted moments of all the twenty four hours. A sunrise or sunset can be ablaze with brilliance and arouse all the passion, all the yearning, in the soul of the beholder.” - Mary Balogh, A Summer to RememberFor more sky photos from around the world, please visit Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

E: Ele Ele

What does Ele Ele mean, you ask?  It is the Hawaiian word for black.  For today's ABC Wednesday meme, I cheated a little and posted a photo from Maui rather than from Oahu.  This was taken at the island's only black sand beach, at Wai'anapanapa Park.  For more 'E' photos please click HERE.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

KBay Pier

The clouds over the Ko'Olau Mountain Range looked especially mystical on this day.  I stopped at the pier on Kaneohe Marine Corps Base to snap a few photos.  Often you can see amphibious landing craft parked here, but only fishermen dotted the docks this time. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I Want To Revive The Photo Blog!

It has been SO very long since I even attempted to post on this blog.  We have had an incredible amount of change in our family and my focus has been there - it has been nearly all-consuming for several months.  But I am feeling ready to devote some time to sharing my love of the island once again.  So I'll start with this little babe.  I recently took newborn photos for my good friend, and to give them a Hawaiian flair we used some hibiscus and a giant elephant ear leaf.  We were both happy with the results.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Z: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headed my way
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A!

Doesn't this just look like a place that evokes happiness, as the lyrics from this 1946 song were also meant to?  For more 'Z' photos please visit ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013


One of the dolphins at Sea Life Park snorts water from her blowhole as she passes by.  I am fascinated by these animals - by how intelligent and social they are.  I never tire of watching them.

Friday, January 4, 2013


Orange sky, blue water, swaying palms - nature showing off it's splendor on Maui.

For more sky photos from around the world, please visit Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, January 3, 2013


One of my favorite plants here in Hawaii is the Ti Plant (also called Ki or La'i).  I love both the red and green varieties, and they look striking planted together, especially when the sun shines through the leaves, highlighting all the striations.

The Ti Plant has historically had many uses in Hawaii, and throughout Polynesia:

- Its starchy rizomes, which are very sweet when the plant is mature, were eaten as food or as medicine.

- Its leaves were used to thatch the roofs of houses, and to wrap and store food.

- Leaves were also used to make items of clothing including skirts worn in dance performances. The Hawaiian hula skirt is a dense skirt with an opaque layer of at least 50 green leaves and the bottom (top of the leaves) shaved flat.

In ancient Hawaii the plant was thought to have great spiritual power; only kahuna (high priests) and ali'i (chiefs) were able to wear leaves around their necks during certain ritual activities.  

Ti leaves were also used to make lei, and to outline borders between properties it was also planted at the corners of the home to keep ghosts from entering the home or property. To this day some Hawaiians plant Ti near their houses to bring good luck.

The roots of the Ti plant were used as a glossy covering on surfboards in Hawaii in the early 1900s.

In Hawaii, Ti rhizomes are fermented and distilled to make okolehao, a liquor.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Two Daredevils

Wintertime means big waves on the North Shore.  A small part of me would love to be the camera-person you see in front of the surfer (but the other 99% of me would be terrified to stare up at a wall of water that big!).

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wishing my friends much Peace, Love, and Aloha in the coming year!