Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sunrise, Sunrise

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families! I know I did, thanks to skype. Christmas Eve I had dinner with some family over here then went  back to the condo and joined my dad’s family Christmas Eve festivities via skype, for over 2 hours! It was a good thing I did because no one could keep track of what number we were on except me. You see, we do a gift exchange and draw numbers then open gifts in order but sometimes it gets confusing so I kept track of where we were :). Then Christmas morning I opened my gifts from Santa Keith, again via skype, with my parents, brother, grandparents and uncle. That evening I got to skype with my mom’s family. My parents got my grandparents a web cam so they can skype with me! Overall it was a great Christmas, even though I wasn’t able to be there in person I still felt like I was there-minus the fact that I couldn’t have all the yummy food.

This morning I headed to the beach at 6:30am to watch the sunrise, and it was gorgeous!

As I was sitting there on some drift wood I noticed little sand crabs all over the beach, they were pretty cute! I also found a Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish sitting on the beach, I’m not sure if it was alive or not but I know that their sting can hurt very badly, in rare cases can cause death-so I will stear clear of them.

Side Note: Uncle Keith called me today and said he saw a bumper sticker that read: “Beware of invisible cows, Mauna Kea Observatory Big Island of Hawaii.” Hmmm…interesting! So I looked it up and apparently dark-colored cows like to roam around at night or when it is foggy and can’t be seen. So if you ever go there, beware of invisible cows!

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Gardens, Spouting Horn and Sunset

First of all…Merry Christmas Eve!
Yesterday I went to Spouting Horn and on the way there I stopped at some botanical gardens.  It was pretty but you have to go farther to get to the real gardens. So, I guess I will be going there sometime in the future!
I headed to Spouting Horn to watch the sunset before heading to a small group. Spouting Horn is a must see over here. This is a lava shelf where water from waves is pushed through an opening, causing water and air to squirt out a blowhole. There used to be another blowhole here named Kukui'ula Seaplume-it used to blow over 200 feet in the air, but the spray from the ocean was stunting the growth of the nearby sugar cane. So on a quiet Sunday morning in the 1920's the sugar cane manager ordered his workers to drop blasting powder into the hole to widen it. While there I saw some turtles and a seal playing in the water. I also got to see a whale breach; of course I turned my camera lens the other way as soon as it happened. But, whale season here starts in January so I am sure I will have more opportunities to photograph whales.

The sunset was gorgeous, and as a rule of thumb-never leave until it is dark. Here is why – last night as the sun started setting, vivid colors of orange lit up the night sky and it was a magnificent sunset. As soon as the sun set below the horizon, everything started to change – deep purples started to come out and even the water looked purple. The last color to come out was bright pink – gorgeous! Then as the last of the evening light faded away, the wind started to pick up and it was quite cold; time to go!

I then headed to Kauai Bible Church to go to their youth group, which ranges in age from 15-25. I met some really nice people and the youth leader prophesied over me and it was right on with what is going on in my life. Thank you, Jesus!
Excited for Christmas Eve with my family via Skype.  The wonders of technology these days!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kealia Beach

Today was such a beautiful day! I went to church this morning and then hit the beach! I decided to go to Kealia Beach. This beach is an awesome boogie boarding beach.  Back in 2005, I went boogie boarding here and had a little scare. My board was hooked on my wrist like it was supposed to be; I ducked under a wave to miss it and I noticed that something was wrong. I felt restricted and I couldn’t swim. I looked down and noticed my rope was wrapped around my leg and my arm. I hadn’t taken a big breath because I was just planning on coming right back up after the wave passed. So there I was, underwater trying to unwind myself, and you know in the movies when you are just longing for a breath and you look up and see the sun from underneath the water…that was the moment I had…scary! But thankfully I figured it out and when I finally surfaced, I took a huge breath of relief!

Something amazing that happens at this beach is something called clapotis; this is when incoming and outgoing waves collide and spit water into the air! It is something that happens maybe every tenth wave or so and you have to watch for it and it is hard to catch a picture of it. So, my afternoon consisted of sitting on the beach with my camera in tow waiting for the perfect wave. I must have taken over 100 pictures trying to get the perfect one, and when I got that one and I knew it, it was the best feeling! As a photographer you can take hundreds of pictures and wait for what seems like forever and only have a handful that turn out. So when you know you have gotten that special one, it is awesome!

I stopped and took some pictures of what I like to call, Palm Tree Mania. I’m not sure if there is a story about why all of these coconut trees are planted here but I think it is pretty amazing. Back in ’05, Uncle Keith, my dad and I went in here and got coconuts to take back and husk and eat -- they were very good! Watch out for falling coconuts though!

Also stopped at Opeka Falls-151 feet of cascading water. It is a beautiful site!

Well, that is all for now.
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Saturday, December 17, 2011


This morning I went to Wilcox Memorial Hospital and sang Christmas carols in English and Hawaiian. I got complimented on my singing and my pronunciation of all the Hawaiian-Yeah!

I took these pictures yesterday of the mountain ranges here. They are so beautiful and the lighting was great!

Tomorrow I’m heading to church then to Kealia Beach if the weather cooperates :)


Friday, December 16, 2011

Wailua Falls

Today I headed up to beautiful Wailua Falls! It is a majestic 80 foot tiered waterfall and is one of the easiest falls to get to on the island. If you have ever watched Fanasty Island you might recognize it from the opening scene of the show. I’ve hiked to the bottom of the falls before and it’s beautiful-I hope to do that again sometime in the near future!

Tomorrow I am going to Wilcox hospital with my friends again to sing Hawaiian Christmas carols…should be fun!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Taro and Haupia

This morning Janice and I went to a hospital with some friends from church and sang Christmas carols in English and Hawaiian. It was a lot of fun! After that we headed back to their church for some lunch. Someone had made a dessert in a large clear bowl with chocolate cake on the bottom, then chocolate syrup, pudding, caramel and whip cream…then another layer of all of that topped with crushed snickers. I only had a small piece, but that's all I needed, it was so rich!
After that we headed North to Hanalei, unfortunately the weather was not cooperative. It has been raining, windy and cloudy with just a few spots of sun.
It was still fun though, we stopped at one of my favorite photographers gallery, Aaron Feinberg. He has taken some incredible pictures and continues to amaze me; he lives here on Kauai-what a wonderful place for a photographer to live!

Of course if you ever get to Hanalei you have to stop at this little cafĂ© to get some haupia, a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert. It is amazing and I love it! I got some chocolate haupia this time, this consists of macadamia nut crust, haupia, chocolate pudding, whip cream and topped with coconut…yum!!!

We stopped at the taro fields down in Hanalei. Taro is a plant and the root of the plant is used to make poi. Poi has a paste-like texture and has a grayish-purple color. It is sweeter when it is first made then turns sour. Usually when a bowl of poi is brought out people eat it with two fingers, some people put it on their meat. It is an acquired taste and most people don’t care for it.

Funny story: When I was about 15 I wanted to make dinner for my parents, everything turned out wonderful! I made pudding for dessert and I wanted to try to make it purple because my mom likes the color, well it turned out more gray then purple and my mom asked if it was poi! It was pretty funny :)

Tomorrow Grandpa and Janice are heading back to the mainland for a month so I will be on my own over here. Pray for me :)


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hammocks, Shave Ice, Rainbows and Sunsets…Oh My!

Wow, what a busy day today; and a lot of pictures to prove it! Around 3pm we headed out West, our first stop was the Kauai Coffee Company for some yummy coffee, then to the Waimea Plantation. They have a few hammocks strung between palm trees and some incredible banyan trees. I love, love, love hammocks! I think they are so relaxing and fun, as long as you don’t fall out! I will definitely be going back here during a sunset to photograph these again because it was cloudy today so it wasn’t the best picture weather. After this we stopped at JoJo’s shave ice-so ono!

It had been raining off and on all day and we had already seen three rainbows when we saw another one that was very vibrant! Of course I had to stop and take some pictures, and then-just as we were leaving-a full rainbow appeared…more pictures!

Then we stopped in Kalaheo at the Kukui-o-Lono Park golf course. If you want a game of golf with a view this is a great one, and it’s only 9 dollars for a game! There were about 50+ chickens in the parking lot here, must have been a chicken convention!
The sun started to set behind the palm trees and it was just picture perfect…a great way to end the day!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Ninini Point Lighthouse...again :)

I did a story awhile back on this lighthouse and now I have more to share. Past the unfinished Kauai Lagoons and the Marriott Golf Course there is an unkempt road. This road leads directly to the lighthouse, and a beautiful view! Another unique thing about this place--planes fly directly over the lighthouse to land at the airport. When we got there we saw a plane coming in and I thought it would be be a great picture opportunity. As the plane got closer I saw that it was a US Air Force plane and it was huge; it was a C-17 Air Force cargo plane. When it passed over us it looked like it could have taken the top of the lighthouse off! It was pretty incredible!

The shoreline is mostly lava rocks and when the waves crash onto them it is beautiful!

To get to the lighthouse I mentioned you have to go past the unfinished Kauai Lagoons. Some time ago this was supposed to be developed into a hotel and a shopping center. That never happened so now the man-made river just sits there looking beautiful, including a pretty cool bridge with some statues. When we left we saw some Nene geese, they were beautiful too! I had to stop and take some pictures! Nene find this spot a great place to hang out; it is very peaceful and pretty.

Now we are spending the evening with Tom Hanks and Wilson in Castaway.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lydgate Beach Park

Went to church this mornin; it was great!

After church, Janice and I decided to go snorkeling at Lydgate Beach Park, it was such a beautiful day to swim. I saw trigger fish, parrot fish, silver fish, puffer fish, sailfin tang, yellow tang and the biggest, a surgeonfish which was about 1 ½ feet in length. It was the coolest thing ever having that huge fish swim right at me and then just barley miss my head as it swam past. Swimming with hundreds of fish is an incredible experience, a little scary at first, but well worth it! I’m going to get an underwater digital camera soon so I can share these experiences with you all! I am also hoping to go snorkeling later on in the week when we head North.
Most of the fish in Lydgate are around the edge near the rocks. The deep blue you see in the center used to be full of coral and more fish. Just a few months ago they dredged the middle out and we don’t know why; now it is just a deep hole. Nonetheless, it was still a beautiful day to snorkel, followed by laying in the hot Hawaiian sun.

This is the beach next to Lydgate...lots of beach wood :)

We did some more exploring which I will post about tomorrow.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas time is coming...

Well first and foremost, I got my new HTC EVO 4G phone and I absolutely love it!

This evening we went to the Christmas lights festival and parade in downtown Lihue-they did a great job of decorating around here! Before all the festivities started there were about 100+ green parrots flying around. It was too dark to get any pictures but it was pretty cool!
After the parade we went to the mall to hear a local favorite, Larry Rivera, and it was a lot of fun! There were also some hula dancers, it was a great time and it was nice to hear Christmas music. 

Aloha, Kaileia