All posts tagged: Hawaii Island

Weekly Small Pleasures (#7)

What a lovely week it’s been and now, in the final hours, I’m grateful I vowed to break from my normal routine and get out. Beautifully woven things. I have a thing about hand-woven items and this week, I found a plethora of locally-made treasures. On the left, fine weave lauhala (pandanus) bracelets that can be found at Hana Hou and made right here in Hilo by the talented Hawaiian artisan and furniture designer, ʻIliahi Anthony. On the right, handwoven boxes found at Makuʻu Farmers Market for housing beautiful things. Cold and rainy weather. Believe it or not, it gets chilly here in Hilo. It never dips below 50-degrees in Hilo, but when it gets in the 60’s, Hilo people bust out their sweaters, scarves, and boots. This was one of those weeks. I love cold weather, especially since it feels like I’m somewhere other than Hawaiʻi. Not that I don’t love it here, it’s just that it reminds me of being in a different city, even if for a little while. Okonomiyaki and Taiko. I saw a flyer for a fundraising event …

Pele, Goddess of Fire

Hawai’i Island is known for its active volcanoes where Madam Pele, the Goddess of Fire resides. We are always very conscious of mother nature and pay tribute to her in many hula dances and meles (songs).  During the 2014 Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo’s Hālau Nā Lei Hiwahiwa ʻO Kuʻualoha honored Pele through their hula kahiko performance. Pele, the goddess of Fire.  You move me to feel the passion of life. Visit other blogs participating in Bastet’s Pixelventures – My Favorite Photo:

Mind the View

It was a day full of promise and wonder. The results of recent winter cold front: rolling green hills, snow capped mountain and cool, crisp temperature. Perched on the hillside of Kohala Mountain, 3,200 feet above sea level, you can see quite an expanse of open country. And then there are the spectacular sunsets. There is no denying the majestic beauty of the great sun star, setting only to rise again. 

Daily Prompt: Prediction for day 211

There are 344 days remaining in the year. Describe what you’d like to be doing on day 211. Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 ~ It’s carpool Wednesday. According to Google, the sun is expected to rise at 5:50AM; the Captain (my husband) and me will be coasting on Old Mamalahoa Highway towards Kailua-Kona. The start of a typical workday. The Weather Almanac predicts temperatures to reach 84°F in Kamuela, Hawaii; ideal weather conditions for outdoor activities. Ahh…another gorgeous summer day in paradise! Who could resist a dip in the ocean for a quick cool-down and some low-impact cardio? Sunset projected at 7:11PM. Moon Phase will be Waxing Crescent, a perfect opportunity to get some evening photography done from the front lawn with a glass of Rombauer in hand of course! And we close our day eternally grateful for ALL of Life’s blessings.

What goes thump in the night?

With Halloween only eight days away, I’ve been indulging in paranormal and supernatural movies and television shows. I have allowed myself to be seduced by highly imaginative plots involving wandering zombies, bloodthirsty vampires, vengeful ghosts and unsuspecting “humans” with supernatural gifts. Call me crazy, but I’ve come to enjoy the thrill of a well-executed Hollywood spook. That, however, should not imply that I enjoy being frightened – just entertained. As a Filipina, I am no stranger to superstitious beliefs. That’s par for the course growing up in a rich culture that embraces the beliefs and practices of the old, despite having a very religious Roman Catholic identity. My grandparents would often warn my sister and I never to wander off into the boonies for fear of being cursed by a dwende (dwarf) with sickness or snatched and eaten by an aswang (vampire-like ghoul).  Their intention, of course, was to instill fear, discourage misbehavior and prevent us from exploring areas we had no business being in. It was a great tactic that worked like a charm; …

Dreams of Mokuʻāweoweo

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” -Ernest Hemingway Two weeks ago, alongside a few hula family, I hiked up to Mokuʻāweoweo and back. The opportunity came through an invitation to fulfill a 20-year dream, so I was honored. I agreed because I wanted to support my dear friend as she manifested what she had waited so long to do, but what started out as a mission to provide moral support, quickly transformed into my own personal quest. I don’t know a lot of people who have hiked to Mokuʻāweoweo, so I thought, why not? I’ve done some pretty unbelievable things in my life, like signing up with my best friends to do the Honolulu Marathon on a whim and then actually training and running the 26.2 miles because I didn’t want to waste $26.20 by not going through with it. I’ll cherish that experience because it’s a feat few people can boast they’ve done and it challenged me physically and mentally. …

Mauka to Makai

“Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Hilary Cooper Enjoying my morning walk on Mana Road as the sun rises in the east revealing the majesty of Mauna Kea. In silence I reflected on the days beautiful lessons and allowed the warmth of the setting sun to embrace the soul. ~ Old Kona Airport I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. ~ Kings’ Lake, Waikoloa Beach Resort