Monday Mischief

Sam must have been in time out because it wasn’t until just now that I was able to capture a shot of him. No doubt he’s been a naughty rag-a-muffin boy. We’ll see you soon, buddy. Hang in there!

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david-fleetham-lavender-colored-blossoms-on-jacaranda-trees-jacaranda-mimosifolia-in-a-field-maui-hawaii-usaOne of the many fabulous flowering trees we’ve seen in Hawaii is the Jacaranda tree. I tried to capture an image while out and about but could never catch it properly so I snagged an image from my friend, the Internet. Originally from Brazil, the Jacaranda was imported to many tropical locations. Their spectacular blossoms announce the arrival of spring. Aren’t they gorgeous?

IMG_3285Hope you had a fabulous weekend. We celebrated Conner’s graduation and even the sunset shined a spotlight on the occasion as the class of 2016 held their ceremony. We are so proud of this capable young man who graduated with academic honors. Way to go, Conner! Next stop, Menlo College, California.

Live love, bark! <3

Travelogue Trivia

No worries, there won’t be any hard questions in this edition of trivia (unless someone can answer me why this didn’t go out on Tuesday?!! – argh). Rather I thought I’d share some interesting info I’ve learned about Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands were originally discovered in 1778 by Captain James Cook.  Accidentally by the way too, as he and his crew were on their way to Alaska in search of a Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic & Pacific oceans proving suggesting once again that men seem to be naturally disinclined to get directions when they are lost. 🙃

Landing at Waimea, the Hawaiians thought they were being visited by gods. One can only imagine their curiosity at the British visitors who wore tri-cornered hats, smoked pipes and packed major heat had guns. Hawaiians were familiar with iron but only from nails in driftwood that washed ashore but Cook’s ship contained a remarkable supply of iron of all kinds to the locals. Cook was, by most accounts, a decent fellow, but sailors being sailors…their arrival coinciding with a time of great upheaval and ultimately ended up causing significant problems. Although Cook was initially welcomed, he met with a rather unpleasant death in 1779, being beaten and stabbed in a squabble over a stolen rowboat. Ultimately his remains were returned to the British and Cook was buried at sea in Kealakekua Bay.

Taking a short side trip to the ‘downtown’ section of Kona on Alili Drive to check out the usual tourist traps shops we passed by the old church across the street from the Hulihe’e Palace. Tropical 19th century architecture is quite fascinating as are the plethora of coffee shops at every nook, cranny and turn.  Hard to believe there is so much emphasis on the coffee since Hawaii is rather low on the totem pole of coffee producers in the world, not even in the top ten. But most people know that Kona coffee is quite tasty and I for one especially enjoy Kona’s liquid nirvana.

The palace built in 1838 by then Governor Kuakini quickly became the vacation spot for Hawaiian royalty until 1914. Currently it is a museum that houses an impressive collection of Koa furniture. The church was the first Christian church built on the islands. Built of lava rock and crushed coral with Koa hardwood gracing the tall interior. Joints inside were attached with pins made from gnarly ‘ohi’a trees.

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final (1)As for Sam, seems like he’s still a bit lost trying to figure out why the days are so long without his uprights in the midst of hectic hounds.

Have a terrific Friday; I’ll leave you with one last photo-op from the beach that didn’t get watermarked because I was too lazy tired to go back and hassle with the app  (cue gnashing of teeth).

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Live, love, bark! <3

Word(y) Wednesday

And they’re off!

We’re taking some time off to attend my grandson’s high school graduation in Hawaii so posts might be a little bit sporadic. We’ll see how much Wi-Fi there is on the beach. After attending his sister’s graduation in 2014, it’ll be pawsome getting back and seeing how these two remarkable young people and their parents have been getting along. Behave yourselves and know we’ll be thinking of you…in between Mai Tai’s. If you’re jonesing for photos of paradise, please follow us here on Facebook.

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Live, love, bark! <3

Reflections on Hawaii – Part Deaux

A few of you mentioned there was a problem accessing last week’s “Reflections on Hawaii” post for which I apologize. For those of you who actually want to read it, here it is again (hopefully). May the Internet Gremlins be on vacation this week.


Reflections on Hawai’i

IMG_1116You may recall my post from last week sharing my joy at being able to witness my granddaughter graduate from high school. The celebration of the entire school was so joyful and remarkable. After the graduation, I was able to enjoy being with my family and to see the sights of the Big Island. Oh Hawai’i, you temptress! Such diversity, such beauty. From cactus to unusual trees along roadsides, to volcanoes and geological formations, the names of which were totally lost on me. I may not be able to pronounce all those Hawaiian names let alone remember them, but they burned their beautiful images in my brain so much so I shan’t forget them any time soon. The people, the culture, the amazing array of plants! Egad, all the things I’ve been seeing…those are freaking house plants in my reality, not garden hedges!

And the smells and sounds! The fresh sea air, I mean, truly fresh, not that salted, almost-bad fish smell that you are more likely to associate with beaches. The pounding of rain on avocado tree leaves in an early morning shower, the coqui frogs in the evening whistling their funny little sound. The smell of fresh Kona lattes every morning (ma-halo to Kim as well as Kevin for keeping me in a blissful state of caffeine-ation) and the cool crisp bubbly swallow of a Kona Brewing Longboard after a long day of sight-seeing. I guess the only two things I won’t be missing are sunburns and poi, but everything else, I’m already missing.

I’ll miss seeing my son first thing in the morning, his humor and amazing knowledge of what’s-what when we were on the road to unbelievable sights of the island, pride in my grandson and granddaughter and their giggle fits about silly things and genuine love and caring for one another, the kindness of my daughter-in-law after she had a particularly rough day at work. The laughter and bond shared by a family connected by something that 3312 miles cannot break (not even when we realized the Mai Tai mix already had rum in it–oops–so much for moderation). And those breath-taking sunsets every night from the lanai. Yes, I’ll miss all of that but have something to look forward to down the road–a return trip. Yeah Hawai’i, you can’t get rid of me that easily.

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Live, love, bark! <3