The last day of any trip can sometimes be meaningful in many ways. You reflect on what was hopefully a great experience, the fun, the good times, the new friends met. But then as with everything in life comes the time to say goodbye. A tradition I’ve had over all the years of going to Hawaii is releasing a lei to the ocean on my last day there as a way of saying my aloha. Aloha meaning many things as well; hello, goodbye, thank you, love.
On this last trip on the island of Oahu, I cut the plumeria from my lei (the string can tangle up the precious ocean life, and a lei should not be put in the ocean with the material it is strung with). Flower petals in a bag, I set off to find a good spot to spread my goodbye, and wishes to come back again.
Great spots in abundance all along the area I was in by myself, but the craggy rock shore looked pretty difficult to climb across on my own to get near enough the water. I kept walking and praying for a hand to help me across to the water’s edge. The Sunday Traveler has learned in solo travels to never give up. Ever! A way always presents itself somehow. I walked to the end of a long stretch of beach in front of multiple resort hotels and came to the last one on a path that narrowed around to the back of that hotel. The little garden shown above in the lead photo was the end of the road. The garden with the buddha, so tiny and serene. So fenced off with a sign on the gate that said “NO TRESPASSING”. So not a problem to this traveler. The Sunday Traveler reached around the back of the gate where the latch was and opened the gate and entered forbidden lands. The need to photograph this scene was calling me. Not more than five seconds passed before I heard a voice behind me asking what I was doing. I had immediate visions of calling my kids back home to come bail me out of jail. I turned to face a young Hawaiian whose name tag indicated he was head of security. I quickly explained myself, and we fell into a comfortable conversation about photography and the beauty of Hawaii. I was allowed a few minutes to take photos, and then as we walked out of the garden together, I asked if he knew of a place nearby where I could get near enough the water to put my plumeria into the ocean. I was told to follow him a little further down behind the hotel where he took my hand and helped me across a rocky area to water’s edge. I can’t say there were no tears as the flowers were laid as close to the water as we dared get; we waited for the waves to come in and take the flowers.
While we watched and waited, J told me the belief of surfers about the seventh wave. Waves travel in sets of seven, the seventh being the largest. We counted together.
The seventh wave came in.
It’s funny how it all works out, and how friends show up in life. Travel is a wonderful thing.
A window to step through, to spring on the other side.
Photo taken with an iPhone 6Plus, in Camera+. Edits in native camera and PicMonkey.
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The Sunday Traveler accompanied friends to Hawaii who had never been there before. The luau is almost a must for the first timer to Hawaii, and although the Sunday Traveler has been to her share of luau over the years, one more surely wouldn’t hurt. On Oahu, the luau at Paradise Cove is held in a most beautiful setting along the west shore at sunset.
It was hard to concentrate on all the games and activities going on prior to the main show when this was happening off to the side.
There were old Hawaiian games to be played, spear throwing, and taking an outrigger ride
the evening activities begin to wind down in preparation for dinner and the show; dancers begin to head towards the stage.
Here’s a little dessert before dinner
The dance and music of the show is lovely, and one gets the sense of the richness of the Hawaiian culture
The luau is a good way to get a little bit of the flavor of Hawaii’s aloha.
One more segment is planned for you before saying aloha to Oahu; until then.
Macro. Really seeing by coming in close. These are a couple of dry leaves from a succulent that fell into a plate next to it that hold some coral and rocks I brought back from recent explorations. These are the kinds of findings that I walk past, my eyes drawn immediately to the need to look a little more closely.
Photo taken with an iPhone 6Plus, Camera+, and edited in the app, Mextures.
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On the west side of the island of Oahu lie rocky shores in places, in addition to open stretches of sandy beaches
The amazing thing The Sunday Traveler found here was the emptiness of the beaches; a stark contrast to the beaches of Waikiki on the other side of the island that are crowded and noisy.
On the day spent on the beach pictured above, there was a total of about five people there.
A day of finding little spots of serenity and beauty on one beach.
Sun glittering on the water, wind making knots in my hair, and waves splashing and dancing
“It’s easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean” ~ Jon Muth
This beach, at Yokohama Bay, offered wildness and also little coves of serenity where colors of the water were stunning
The Sunday Traveler has most probably saturated you in all the water, but my hope is that it may add a calming element to your day.
“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace” ~ Paul Theroux
Until next time, aloha.
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Nature tumbles and swirls in making its spring arrival in Northern California; more rain in the flat lands, and more snow up the road a piece in the Sierra, and on the peaks around the Bay Area. I know that soon we’ll be tramping through fields of mustard and poppies. For now, when a quick spring fix is needed, I wander the floral department in the local grocer’s. I got lost inside this rose.
Photo taken with an iPhone 6Plus, in Camera+, and a Camera+ filter used in edits.
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Let’s get our toes into the water. In the many times the Sunday Traveler has been to Oahu, never has the west shore been on my radar. In driving around the island , the west side is usually not considered, since the usual route is to head up and around the North Shore.
The visit to Oahu this trip was made two weeks before Christmas, the waves and view here were my gifts.
The Sunday Traveler will be back next week with more photos of this gorgeous place. Due to some internet issues here this morning, not all of my photo files are available to me.
Until then. Remember aloha.
The season of Lent approaches; but first, lets have a carnival, living life in color.
Photo taken with iPhone 6Plus, edited with Enlight in their artistic filters.
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The Sunday Traveler had been on the island of Molokai in late September when, incredibly, an invitation came to join friends on Oahu in mid December. Who am I to refuse an invitation like that?
While having been on Oahu many times, I had never been over to the west shore. The Sunday Traveler will be back next Sunday with photos and stories from Ko’Olina, Yokohama Bay, and Oahu’s west shore.
Until then, aloha.
Our flag. Seen on a walk out on the back roads. Hung up in tree branches. Ripped and torn by the storms. My mind whirls at the meanings, at the sadness that our country has endured. But I note that part of the fabric remains intact, though with a few twists and folds. I smooth out the parts I can reach.
I walk on. Thinking. Noting that there is still beauty out here on the back roads. With creeks that rise from drought to full again.
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