Hawaii (IV)

The sea, the volcano, and the stories…

Finally, pics of the sea! It’s amazing how this part of the ocean looked so different from the beach that we had previously visited. We were officially mesmerized…hehehe…

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

And there are also enchanting stories about the goddess of the island, Pele, and about the turtles, carved in memory and captured by camera!

These sea turtles in the pics below were and still are highly respected, because in ancient times they saved lives of children living on the island.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

It was such a privilege to have encountered such magnificent creatures! They, along with all living beings on our planet, are indeed our best companions…

Hubby took a pic of the display panel with the story of Pele and the Naupaka flower on it. It’s very readable, so I’ll just put the pic on instead of typing the story up (so, if you’re interested, please click on the pic to see it with larger fonts) ^_~

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Isn’t it an amazing story! And I, after acquainting myself with the Naupaka flowers, felt so thankful and content with the love of my life standing right here by my side. And I am thankful for being reminded of the most privileged gift of love and joy that we often times take for granted.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Advertisements

Hawaii (III.5): Through the clouds

I’ve just recovered more pics from the trip with the rainbow. They were taken when we were on our way up and into the tallest hill of Kona. As we drove up, the clouds became thicker and thicker and were literally surrounding us. As we reached the highest altitude possible for a car, the only thing we could see was the road right ahead of us, and nothing else at all. And all the rest is just a thick, thick mist of clouds. It was an amazing feeling! We were so excited about actually physically moving through clouds! No doubt we were on cloud nine, LOL!

Our camera is not that sensitive and I tried my best to capture what the eyes can see. Still, the camera doesn’t have a brain and so it can’t really differentiate cloud from mist ^_~  Any rate, here are the pics… ^__^

Over the rainbow… Romantic, eh? Actually, driving through from under the rainbow means driving through showers of rain, hehehe…
Photobucket

Still, the breathtaking beauty of this is all worth it!
Photobucket

Highest hill of Kona, covered from mid-section up with cloud.
Photobucket

The beginning: into the clouds, at first just a thin layer barely captured by the camera.
Photobucket

Inside the clouds:
Photobucket

And, looking down…
Photobucket

The actual experience is much, much more magical than can be captured on camera.

What’s amazing is, this part of Kona looks so different from where we board (closer to the airport). The volcano rocks, if there are any, are all covered by a variety of green plants. It felt like we were on a totally different island! Love the contrast! And there’s more to experience and enjoy…

Hawaii (III)

While rainbows are not unique to Hawaii, the precious opportunity to witness a huge, huge half circle of a rainbow and the privilege to drive through right underneath it, now that’s really something! Our camera doesn’t have a panorama function, so I had to take half and then the other half. It is said that a whole rainbow is always a circle; however, because it usually is huge, the best that we can see is often just half a circle. And what a bless to have seen it!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

And… after the light shower and the rainbow, the sky, washed clear, decorated with patches of clouds sometimes covering even a hill top, a beautiful, beautiful landscape was sprawling before us:

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Then we went to a neat little restaurant and had a great time. What a perfect way to end the day! And there’s more of Hawaii, right there, waiting for us to explore and discover…

Hawaii (II)

Settling down in a hotel near a beach, we were so excited!

The hotel was kinda old and really not the best we ever checked in. But oh well. We won’t be inside much anyways.

The next day we jumped into the rental car and drove somewhere…Who cares where? We just wanted to see — to see the real, authentic, unedited Kona, Hawaii.

The first we discovered was this rocky sandy beach, a package of variety and fun.

A tropical paradise gradually revealing itself to us…

The local people are so nice and friendly, too. As I was gazing at this huge, huge tree in the pic below, I guy walking by smiled and told me the name of this tree — it’s such an exotic name that I repeated with him but was unable to really remember what it was by now… Yet, the important thing is, I will always remember how lovely all the people there were to us. In the world of quantum physics, all thoughts and feelings are vibrations that can be sent and received across infinite time and space — so, here’s again my heartfelt appreciation: “Thank you!” And I’m sure they have all received… O(∩_∩)O~

Beautiful blossoms can be seen everywhere:

We were so happy and felt like the time we first fell in love. So among the many times, in the past and the future to come, we fell in love with each other once more, then and there, all over again…

And in Chinese ~

And we found our feelings echoed, by many…

And little birds came to share our joy…

As we drove back to the hotel, the sun set on this piece of land of volcanic rocks, with a beauty that is uniquely Kona — mysterious, calm, vibrant, deep, and much much more.

The day passed by, and a new day would come. Time passes. Love remains. Forever in love, with thee and with the world.

Hawaii (I)

First time ever, we set foot on Hawaii — it was Kona.

I have to say, it was love at second sight, because, it was nothing like in the pictures!

Having no knowledge or idea at all about the nature, the history, the people there, all the reference that we had was those pictures with palm trees, ocean, and beach in them. But, this was what we first encountered —

I was baffled: why is there so much land like this? Later, we found that this very land of volcanic rocks has been highly respected and treasured by the local people since ancient times. They love and respect this land so much that even taking one small piece of this dark gold of volcano rocks away from this island is considered as improper. And even later, we learned that there are beautiful stories of goddesses for us to discover.

And so — from that point on — the island has unfolded to us, through our eyes, more and more beauty and appeal.

This Moment

This morning I woke up, and you were still fast asleep, I felt —
the rhythm of your breath — in and out, in and out — relaxed, and sweet..
Dawned on me, then and there, a sense of peace and love like never before
And I curled up by your side, my head against your chest
I felt — your heart — beating with mine

In this moment — I truly lived and felt alive
This moment — Life awakens  —-