All posts tagged: holiday

Lava Viewing at Kalapana

Our friend Adrel called me on Saturday to see if I wanted to go with him to take pictures of the lava flow in Kalapana. You may have seen Adrel’s amazing photographs on our Holoholo Girls’ Instagram and being that we’re both recreational photographers, I jumped at the chance. After discussing trekking at night or early morning, we decided on today, Labor Day. We packed up and headed out of Hilo at 4:30 am. Once in Kalapana, we were surprised to see that other people had the same idea, no doubt wanting to see the beautiful glow of the lava in the dark. Getting to the actual viewing site was not that difficult. It’s a 3.5 mile walk/hike on a mostly flat gravel road. Adrel heard that people head out on bikes, so he managed to secure two bikes and we rode toward the site with headlamps. Walking wouldn’t have been bad, but biking was better. People were already situated on the cliffs, cameras out and taking photos of the amazing view. While Adrel moved closer to snap some pics, …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

I am meekly standing amongst all that is Kūkaʻōhiʻalaka, in the mist that drenches you without you even noticing, and welcoming Kānehoalani. I am still in awe of Ke Ala Polohiwa a Kanaloa two nights ago and especially during this particularly rainy season of Lonoikamakahiki. It’s kapu hua, so no ritual. I just needed to press the “reset” button this morning and get back to basics. There’s really nothing more basic, and profound, than slowing down to witness and drink in the beauty happening around us every day. May you all have a magical holiday season. … in response to Now Some interesting reads: Kino Lau: Finding the Spirit of the Divine in the Ordinary World Moon Phase Project Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (of particular concern for cultural practitioners)  

Home for the Holidays

It has been 19 years since I last celebrated Christmas with my family on Guam. So much time has passed, recalling holiday celebrations from childhood by memory is difficult without visual aids or stories shared by my sister, Melissa. Why, you may ask, has it been so long? That’s a good question. I don’t have any good answers and my excuses are just that – excuses. It’s not that I lack desire or interest in family gatherings, but that poor planning, inflated airfares, work scheduling and the daunting task of finding trustworthy house/dog sitters often hinder off-island trips. Simply put, vacations are expensive and require careful planning. This will be the first year my husband and I will be celebrating the holidays without any family members or friends coming to visit. There has been very little effort in decorating. With Christmas only 10 days away, the task to completing the holiday shopping list is now a priority. While posting the greeting cards this afternoon, memories of bygone holidays began to flood my mind and I couldn’t …

The Spirit of Halloween

Halloween costumes – two words that conjure up a host of memories, fantasies, dreams and more. What’s not to love about Halloween? It’s a chance to dress as what you’ve always wished to be, to be someone or something you really admire, fear, cry or laugh about. Every year Waimea’s most eclectic gift shop, Without Boundaries, switches out its entire inventory and becomes the premiere Halloween costume outlet on the island. People of all ages and sizes flock to this quaint shop to find the year’s trendiest costumes that dazzle, scare or are just plain bizarre. I recently had the privilege to help out the shop owners (and good friends), Diane and Michael Brock, over the past weekend. To say that my brief stint assisting costume hunters was interesting would be a gross understatement. There is something to be said about the process of helping someone create a “look” he/she has envisioned for “All Hallows’ Eve;” it was eye opening, entertaining and very spirited. When an aspiring Katy Perry look-alike stepped out of the dressing room …

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

Father’s Day is only a week away and it will mark my husband’s biggest milestone as a father.  He has joined the ranks of fatherhood, reminding him to continuously love, care and protect our daughter.  This special day also reminds me of the relationship I have with my dad, and the one my daughter will have with my husband and my dad. As a child, my dad had to work long hours and did not have the opportunity to spend time raising me.  Now retired, he is able to take his time navigating through all the intricacies of caring for a baby.  Seeing him change my daughter’s diaper, bottle feed followed by burping her, and of course comforting her when she cries, brings tears to my eyes.  My mom points out that he never did those things with me when I was an infant, primarily because he was exhausted from working and when he was up and ready to start his day, it was time for me to bed down. I am fortunate that my …