Hawaii (VII)

Back from the Japanese Garden, we drove through beautiful landscape, as if we were in “another world”, if it were not the occasional road signs passing quickly by reminding us of where we were.

I couldn’t help wondering how Mars, for example, looks like!
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A world within the clouds:
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And… outside the clouds:

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A world of mystery against the setting sun —

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Hawaii (VI)

Coming down from the shrine of the most revered goddess, we drove to a place that’s totally different in everything, hue, mood, plants, animals, culture, and everything else. It was the Japanese Garden, Topical style!

It’s a blend of two cultures, creating one unity and beauty…

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A large canopy of a huge tree, viewed from outside and inside:

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Cute little decorative structures:

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A…I don’t know what it is, maybe a ferret? And a Japanese Cat. In fact, there’s a pack of them! Please excuse the blurry pics, my camera isn’t good enough when capturing moving animals…

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Beautiful bay…

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And… just thought this would be a pretty nice desktop wallpaper, LOL!

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Hawaii (V) Meeting Pele

Finally we got to meet Pele, the lovely goddess with enormous strength 🙂

My camera got really happy, too — and below are selected pics of the goddess herself, expressed in her earthly form and in spirit.

The loving soul that she is also has allowed beautiful plants to grow near and around her, but still kept in arm’s length.

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What a blessing to stand so close! In awe was all that we were!

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…

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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.

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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) ^_~

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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.

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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…
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Still, the breathtaking beauty of this is all worth it!
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Highest hill of Kona, covered from mid-section up with cloud.
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The beginning: into the clouds, at first just a thin layer barely captured by the camera.
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Inside the clouds:
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And, looking down…
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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!

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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:

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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.