Last Thursday, I wrote about teaching Hawaiian dance. I took 2 trips to Hawaii to immerse myself in the culture ,history and language of Hawaii.
On my first trip we visited the oldest and youngest islands. Kawaii and Hawaii Islands are found on the south and north ends of the Hawaiian archipelago.
Our trip had an auspicious start. Our plane was delayed in Michigan due to an ice storm. We arrived in Los Angeles, with a half hour to get to the flight to Honolulu. My husband, John set off at a run to hold the plane. My ten year old daughter, Ruth and I were left to follow.
Ruth read the signs and led me quickly across the airport. Only when we were in the correct terminal, she became confused. John appeared at the top of a set of stairs. Our gate was upstairs. The door to the plane was open but it closed after we boarded.
We made it but our luggage was delayed until that evening and delivered to our hotel.
The deity of volcanoes and creation of Hawaii is Pele. What better to feel her power than at Volcano National Park near Hilo. We traveled to the park before official opening time. We walked through a lava tube formed centuries before , it had an interesting texture ,not smooth but rough to the touch. Like eskimos with many words to describe types of snow, The Hawaiian language has multiple words for the type, density, weight and flow of lava. The Volcano was active during our visit.
The park was closed for several days due to moving lava. On the last day of our visit, we heard that the park was open. We arrivied to find no parking spaces. We drove to the front of the parked line of cars to find a handicapped spot open. We hung up the handicapped sign and got out. We were allowed to walk to where the lawa was flowing under the crust of the land. The land had a glow with heat and light from the underground lava. We were the last group of people to see this area. Several firemen walked behind us and closed the park after we left the trail.
Because of the larger land mass and heat of the island, rain is frequent and rainbows form frequently. I called this island rainbow island.
Hawaii is known for Kona coffee. We stopped at a sampling store and wandered to the coral jewelry. Ruth stayed in the coffee section. On the drive back to the hotel, Ruth fidgeted and laughed for no reason. I turned and ask,”How many samples of coffee did you have?”. She replied,”O six or seven,” She was buzzed. Ruth has a taste for coffee ever since.
After Hawaii, we traveled to Kawaii. The building code restricts the height of buildings to no taller than the tree tops.. That is about two stories high. Kapata is the largest city on the island. There we saw a Hawaiin dance show with dances to Pele and Hi’laka her sister, she is the deity of flora and mountain rains.
The wilderness on Kawaii is one of the wettest areas in the world. It receives between 198 to 418 inches of rain a year. The trees, drip with vines and climbing flowers. If you go walking in the preserve, be prepared to change your clothes afterward. Rain is a daily occurrence. The lushness of Kawaii and the starkness of lava formed Hawaii ,was a nice contrast.
John and Ruth walked part of the Pali trail on the west side of the island. Here was agriculture of taro fields. This plant is a starch growth simular to potatoes.
Next Thursday, I will report on my second trip to Hawaii.
I wish my sisiter in law, Peggy a Happy Birthday today.Thanks for being a reader of my blog.
A Lesson In Patience
She wanted to learn to surf.
Lessons were available.
A young man gave her a board.
She was insturctive to attach a wrist band to her board.
She paddled stood and balanced
first on the beach then in the water.
She paddled out and waited for a wave.
And fell again, again , again.
Finally, She stood and made to the shore.
Too bad, Dad didn’t photograph the moment.