Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hana

 When my soul is pulled to Hana it’s time to go, so off we went this past weekend. As luck would have it our trip to Hana coincided with a keiki surf contest, which are always good for a little photo journalistic action.

The groms not in the spotlight were ripping just as much as those in the heats. These little rippers have the art of pumping a surf board down and make something out of nothing with their agile young bodies, fearless approach and endless play time hours on the water. It's pure joy to watch them in action.

I left the surf contest by peddling away from cars, tents and heat announcements easing up on my cadence on a cliff edge or when ‘whatever’ caught my eye. Joy of joys, the only traffic I saw gave a friendly wave as they passed by and getting exercise while surrounded by such beauty is (for me) the perfect spiritual balance.

I haven't a clue what this is, but I know what it's not - which is a pineapple. It is simply flora in full bloom, but what a glorious fruity imitation it is.

There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet and all words end in a vowel. As I rode over this bridge I thought "bet you can't say that properly after a couple of beers', but then again, maybe you'd actually start to get it right?

Our pad was right on Hana Bay which is home to some resilient shoots.

It's also a glorious black beauty of a sand beach on one side...

and something that looked like the Okovango Delta on the other. 

There was plenty of wildlife on display of the two legged kind...

some more adapted to the conditions than others.

There's enough beauty in Hana for a lifetime so I'll leave you with this lovely vision and the promise of more to come.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The blue footed booby - I thought they were indigenous to the Galapagos Islands!!!1
Lovely pictures and, even better, a reminder of the weekend we spent in Hana although I see you didn't have the rain we endured!
Don't you have a book of plants of Haiwaii to find out what the pink pineapple is?

Mater x

Anonymous said...

I think my fingers slipped on the Haiwaii spelling - it doesn't look right!!!

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Anne - one to many i's. Its Hawaii.

Sharon - You take such great pictures! Of course having a great camera helps. The kid slipping through the tube is wonderful. That is a combination of great camera, sharp eye, and no small part luck. May I grab that photo and post it in tribute to your great blog?

Anonymous said...

Bill, now you point it out to me I can see where I went wrong in my spelling!!!! OMG yet another sign of the aging process. I have written it so many times and yet still managed to make a mistake.....

Mater x

Sharon said...

Mater: LOL-blue footed booby, good one.

TG: You're welcome to pinch any photo you like and gracious thanks (as always) for your praise.

mchumbie said...

Was the guy with the flippers posing for you or did you have a zoom lens on him? Can't believe he's for real. He looks like one of the weird works of art (of aging surfers) that you see in the Paia tourist shops.

Guess who said...

OOPS!! Just checked his blog and realised the surfer is GP! Don't tell him what I wrote or I won't dare go to Maui again! Think I should post anonymous comments from now on.

Anonymous said...

Have tried in vain to delete the 2 previous comments. Please do it for me. Will keep all thoughts to myself in future

meesh said...

Hahaaaaa There is to be no deleting, this is hysterical! GP will appreciate it mum, not to worry! You're too English and worry, and he's Italian and won't care!

Anonymous said...

Just had to make a comment Mchumbie - we Brits are so timid of "speaking out of turn". I thought it was GP but wasn't 100% sure - all the Italians look alike to me..........

Anne

Sharon said...

Mchumbie: I confess I had a good chuckle at your expense and don't fret, your daughter is 100% correct. If anything you will have officially earned GP's respect for honesty......plus he doesn't check the blog that often so you might have got away with it!!

Mchumbie said...

In my defence I have to say the pic looks nothing like the macho GP I met. There, have I grovelled enough? Hopefully this will all be lost now there is another blog entry!

cammar said...

Mchumbie,
you were saved in corner kick by the use of the word macho in your last comment.
Actually, since I was posing as the least attracting surfer I could be, I think I did a good job in that photo and I take your first comment as a compliment to my acting skills.
You can now relax...