Day 59 – Super Moon

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Dear Super Moon,

You looked splendid tonight. Your rouge-like aura when you first emerged above the horizon made me wonder if you were a bit angry. Did Mars tell you something that pissed you off? Did he tell you that you are not made of rock, but of cheese?

My sweet, you do look beautiful when you are angry. The rush of lunar blood through your valleys gives you a glow of life – of – dare I say – passion. Was that your energy rushing through me? Spreading a renewed sense of vitality, of clarity.

As you ascended your rouge softened to a light pink then an angelic halo of creamy white draped over you like a beautiful, silky shawl. Did you forgive him?

Oh Super Moon, I need your wisdom tonight. I offer you a gift of plumerias, yellow and white, floating along your beams across the ocean. I send you a message in their sweet perfume drifting towards the heavens.

Please teach me how to wax with confidence, to embrace my intelligence, to honor what my eyes see, and to have courage to speak my voice.

Please teach me to take those words I hear from people who wish to keep me down below the horizon of my potential and turn them into wings.

Please remind me to be strong when these events make my energy wane.

If this is too much to ask for one night, I understand.

In the meantime, I will look for you every night, for another lesson.

Aloha.

Day 46 – Love with Abandon


Love with abandon. You have heard this adage before. You have wished for it.  You may have decided you will never know what this means. But you are experiencing it right now, every day, every hour, every minute.

You are loving Earth with abandon.

You think she will support you. You think she will always be by your side. You think she will care for you.

You have forgotten how your actions impact her. You have forgotten to nourish her. You have forgotten her.

When you wash your hair in the morning do you think about where the soap goes? Do you think she will drink it like an elixir of love?

When you go for your morning coffee do you bring your own mug? Or do you think she will take your trash and make diamonds from it?


When you look at her do you only see her beauty or do you see the wounds that you thoughtlessly imprinted on her? Erroneously thinking your love is enough to cure her.

Do you see those marks? They are yours. Only you don’t want to take responsibility for them. You say they are her problem. You say they were there before you met her. You say “I love you” as if it is a magic spell to break all curses.

It isn’t.


Her baggage is your baggage. That is what love means. True love needs care, attention, and respect. How did you forget?

Now is not the time to love with abandon, now is the time to love consciously.

Only then will you know love.

Aloha.

Day 38 – Picture Story

My clunker

DelMar and I went on an adventure Sunday morning.

First we road to the trailhead for Kaiwa Ridge aka Pillbox. This hike goes straight up for about a quarter mile.


It was a moderately hard trail but the views were worth it.

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Enchanted lakes
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View of Lanikai and my hiking sandals (I Love my Chacos!)

After the hike, we road to the beach for a swim before heading to the Kailua farmers market.

Post swim happy!

Then it was back to the studio to get some homework done. And a nap later!

Aloha!

Day 18 -Diamond Head

 

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A brown, from drought conditions, Diamond Head, March 2016.

 

One of the most iconic geologic features in the world is Diamond Head aka Le’ahi.

It is a volcanic crater about 300,000 years old and was formed in one explosive eruption about 2.3M years after O’ahu was created by the Ko’olau volcano.

 

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Diamond Head from the plane – March 2016.

 

Le’ahi is Hawaiian for “browridge promontory” or Le and for the shape of the ridge which looks like the dorsal fin of Ahi tuna. To me it is familiar.

I have visited O’ahu three times prior to living here. The first time I was in awe, the second time I hiked up to the ridge, and the third time we stayed in a hotel with a direct view of Diamond Head.

 

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Selfie gone awry – me and Le’ahi – March 2016.

 

I heart Diamond Head.

So it isn’t a surprise that the first weekend after I arrived, I searched for the familiar.

I took The Bus, from the windward side of the island to Honolulu, went to a parade, then walked down Waikiki towards Diamond Head.

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With each step along Waikiki, I remembered my last visits. With each step, I saw more familiar places – Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hale Koa and…

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the sunset “booze” cruise catamaran – all places I have visited with my honey.

With each step, I saw the familiar, and it almost felt like home.

Aloha!

Day 16 – Beach Access

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I really wanted today’s post to be about my first time diving since 1996. Yes, this marine biologist hasn’t been SCUBA diving in 20 years. I had a fantastic experience – I picked it back up like my last dive was a week ago.

Perhaps diving is like riding a bicycle?

The most amazing thing I saw on my dive – 2 large turtles at a “cleaning station.” A cleaning station is where larger marine animals go to get “cleaned” of parasites by smaller fish or shrimp. The turtles were chill as they floated in mid-water column, getting a spa treatment from their little buddies. Remember when fish pedicures tried to make it in the U.S? Well, it is sort of like that.

So instead of a dorky picture of me with matted hair, a silly grin, a red rim around my face from where my mask was, and sporting an unflattering wetsuit (yes! it was cold), you get to see the path I take to the beach.

Here in Hawaii beaches are public land – but access to the beaches may be private. So in a place like Kailua, where the beach is 2.5 miles long, there are public access paths between some private property. The beach access I go to is only a half-block away, but then the path to the beach is a long city block.

What would you think about if you had to walk down this path to get to the beach?

I think about how awesome it is to be living in paradise!

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Aloha!

 

Day 15 – Roadtrip

Today I went North. I used Yelp to find a coffee place up the coast. I needed a destination more than I needed coffee. I couldn’t just drive for the joy of it.


I stopped along the way. He’eia state park, where the views of sand bar, Kaneohe bay and the Ko’olau mountains were spectacular. 


Next stop was Kualoa regional park and beach to check out Mokoli’i aka Chinaman’s Hat. I made a note to come back with my snorkel gear. 


I stopped for lunch at the first shrimp truck I saw. The shrimp shack is across the highway from Punalu’u beach park and next door to an old Hawaii grocery store. I ordered the coconut shrimp with guava dipping sauce and went to the grocery store for a Gauva drink (cheaper that way). It was fun but the shrimp shack was a tourist trap – @ $11.25 – it was a bit steep.


The drive – @ a max speed of 35 mph – was mellow and beautiful. Until all traffic stopped. I was too far away from the popular North Shore area for it to be traffic due to cars waiting for parking by the beaches. 

Accident! Three cars somehow managed to crash into each other even though the max speed was so slow. Once past that it was smoothe sailing.


I found the coffe place Yelp suggested but they weren’t open. So I continued to the north shore town of Haleiwa. A place I knew had a coffee shop. I stayed there and did homework (reread book and made annotations to help with my essay writing tomorrow).

On my way back south I had to stop and get wet! The north shore beaches looked amazing because the wind was coming from the southeast (the tubular waves this area is known for don’t happen until winter). I didn’t stop because they were too crowded. Instead I found this little beach and hung out there before making my way back to Kailua..

Aloha!

Day 9 – Beach Time

Stayed in town today. DelMar and I went to the farmers market, the post office, and the hardware store. 

To make DelMar more practical I thought about buying her a basket but it cost more than she did. 

Luckily, DelMar has a nice rack over her back wheel and with a couple of bungee cords – it is now her trunk…


Great for veggies from the farmers market and for bringing stuff to the beach.

Aloha!