Back in California, back from the aqua, verdant heaven-on-earth that is Hawai’i.
I learned about the Birthing Rocks, the most sacred site in O’ahu, the mystical place where the Alii, the Kings and Queens of Hawaii, were born. At the spectacular Bishop Museum a storyteller sang and cried the story of the Hawaiian people and the forced annexation of a proud and sovereign nation. We learned the meaning of a ceremonial hula dance- which was once practiced underground- andthe symbolism of the dance movements. The words in the Hawai’i language are an ode to the stewardship of the natural bounty of the Isles.
I also had delicious malasadas at Leonard’s.
Most of all I basked in the sun, played in the water, and saw all I could of the Island, by foot, vespa (in two-no helmet!) and PT Cruiser… I filled my eyes with these views–two things really, sea and water, the most amazing thing about the latter being its changing color depending on what side of Oahu we were.
It took me a few days after I got back to go through the circa 3000 photos from the trip (the convenience of digital camera being both a blessing and a curse). At last, here are few shots -raw- of pretty, pretty water…my postcards from paradise.
My soundtrack to these images is the much beloved IZ Kamakawiwo’Ole’s rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’…and all his beautiful songs sung in Hawai’i.
I am excited about the slide feature that WordPress added, hope you enjoy these and fill your eyes with Beauty, everyday.