What a Difference

During all the drama between the lava flow and the hurricanes, I took the time to drive to Waimea with my friend Kapoliokealoha for a hula performance. It was the grand opening of a realty office, a small space for only five of us. The office was right in the heart of Waimea next door to the famous Merriman’s restaurant. It was 10:00 in the morning and we only danced three songs. We were treated to a brunch which included pastries and frittatas, fruit etc. It was quite sumptuous and we enjoyed mingling with the guests. It was, however, over very quickly so instead of driving straight home to rainy Hilo we changed clothes, met another friend of Kapoliokealoha’s and decided to go on a hike. Actually, it was more like a walk, but then that doesn’t sound as much fun. There is a lovely nature reserve right above the town so we started our walk of the Alawai o Waimea. It was absolutely beautiful. Flower landscapes, glorious trees and a flowing stream. The meandering course of the stream took us about a mile along its banks which turned out to be loop that took as a mile back. No rain, no wind, no lava. Just a beautiful day of friends enjoying the day together. I took a few photos along the way…

The beginning of our trek
Along the stream

 

There were seven different colors of  lehua, however only the red was flowering at the time.
A stunning yellow hibiscus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A day later the hurricane had passed, the rain and wind had stopped. I was driving through downtown Hilo and realized that our town is gorgeous. The shower trees were flowering and we have some beautiful heritage trees.

The flowering shower trees

 

 

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A Monkeypod in all its glory

nce a month I dance at the Mohouea Bandstand for the locals, the tourists off the ship and those at the farmer’s market. We dressed in our new modern outfits and three of us dance monthly at different care homes on the island. We have retro 1960’s outfits for this.

And the Wāhine Aloha

 

 

7 thoughts on “What a Difference

  1. So glad things are happier for you. You have great beauty on the big island, in fact, all of the islands. I love the red color of those cloaks and the white neck pieces set it off perfectly. I learned the hula on Oahu, and I’ve never forgotten some of the steps. Everything has settled down there now and you will have your beautiful Hawaii back again. You were brave souls who got through the mayhem.

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  2. Marcia Gaudet

    Thank you for the tale and the pictures. Those are beautiful costumes…different. I like them. Autumn has begun here — warm days, cool nights, golden light, long shadows, and for a while, no traffic in town!

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    1. I’ve always loved the drive to Waimea. It’s a two lane highway through lush forests, winding hairpin turns, waterfalls. And, Waimea always brings me memories of the past. It is a cowboy town. Parker Ranch is the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. There are rodeos there. It’s always cool, mostly windy, miles of grasslands and pastures, but the town is growing so fast! I fear it will be just like any other town soon.

      I put my sewing skills to the fall colored dresses. I like the old fashioned design. My next grouping will also be a little retro, but more fitted.

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    1. Thank you for following. I’ m so bad about posting on a regular basis. Way toooooo busy! But, it’s been such fun. I so enjoy dancing in different venues around the islands. In the past, we only danced one time every two years. So, forming a couple of groups within the halau has offered us a chance to dance more often. We will be dancing with our large complete halau class for the Merrie Monarch Ho’olaule’a on Easter Sunday this year. I always look forward to that.

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