Green Sand Beach…
The sand is really green! It is said that there are only two places on this entire planet that have green sand, Green Sand Beach Hawaii being one of them.
What a privilege to write “I ❤ U” on this unique beach!
Then a storm was coming and the water became more and more dangerous…
So we decided to leave. And the scenery on the way back was equally amazing.
With these beautiful memories we would leave Kona and fly to Honolulu early the next day…
The South Point of Hawaii…
On the way to the South Point:
We were there! The serenity that the landscape wrapped us with was indescribable! Speechless was all we could feel.
Then we decided to go to Green Sand Beach. And before we got there, we discovered this beautiful beach below:
Many first time visitors mistook this for Green Sand Beach and wondered where the green sand was. On here, there is none, because this is not it yet. We were told by friendly locals who drive tourists there for a small fee that the proper place was quite faraway and the terrain was too rough for visitors. So we hopped on one of their trucks… And, once on the road, we were thankful that they told us and that we made the right decision!
Photos of the GSB will be posted tomorrow 😛 Have a most beautiful day, everyone! 🙂
A lovely village…
A game that the village kids used to play:
Carved wooden sculpture… looks like a chief facing the sea, contemplating on important decisions.
And the sea…
Plants and animals in the village…
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!
A world within the clouds:
And… outside the clouds:
A world of mystery against the setting sun —
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…
A large canopy of a huge tree, viewed from outside and inside:
Cute little decorative structures:
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…
And… just thought this would be a pretty nice desktop wallpaper, LOL!
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.
What a blessing to stand so close! In awe was all that we were!
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…
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.
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) ^_~
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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