Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fun Times

Well, it has been awhile since I have posted, but it is because I have been having so much fun! Grandpa got back last week and then the next day Al and Bev, some of Janice’s family, got here. I have been staying with my Uncle Richmond which has been very nice. Work has been going well, the kids are great! Today they asked me if I was blonde, uh, nope! I still have not heard back from the hospital, where I applied for a CNA (certified nursing assistant) job,  waiting anxiously!
In the past week we have gone to Glass Beach, Menehune Fish Ponds, Turtle Cove, Wailua Beach (to watch the sunrise) and many more places.

Shoreline of Turtle Cove (where we saw a ton of turtles)
Glass Beach
Pink Plumeria

Albezia Trees (I call them the Serengeti Trees)                      Sunset at the Menehune Fish Ponds

Yesterday Bev and I got up super early to go watch the sunrise at Wailua Beach, of course we stopped at Starbucks on the way! The sunrise was spectacular, the edge of the clouds were a beautiful soft pink. There were a lot of rocks and a’a on the beach we were at; the waves were crashing onto them and exploding. It was gorgeous!  The picture below is probably one of my favorite pictures I have taken since I have been here. I have more like it also-- it looks like shattered glass, and I love the sunlight coming through it.

Last night Charlotte and Marie came over for dinner and pool. For dessert we had kulolo, a Hawaiian dessert made with taro, cane sugar and coconut oil--very ono! Then we played pool. We have a game that we play where you each have two balls, (i.e. I had 11&12) and the point of the game is to have your ball the last one on the table. Well, Grandpopper won one game, Janice won one, Marie won one and I won three! It was a lot of fun! Also saw a baby cane spider while we were playing pool a couple of nights ago!

I am also trying to think of a name for my photography. Right now it is just Kai’s Photography, but I would like something different, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

Well, I hope you all are doing well, and have had a wonderful January. Malama Pono

Aloha,
Kaileia 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shrimp

Today I made cookies because Grandpopper is coming back tomorrow, yeah!!! For lunch Janice and I went to the Shrimp Station. I got coconut shrimp with a papaya ginger sauce-it was so good, I absolutely love shrimp! After lunch we stopped off at a lookout and saw some whales, too far away for pictures though. The coastline where we went was covered with lava, rocks, beach drift wood and lots of pieces of coral.


I have this little thing where I look for, and collect heart shaped pieces of coral and I found one today!
The picture you see here are 5 pieces.  From left to right, these are the places where I found them:  1) Kauai (today) 2) Western Samoa 3) Savaii 4) Bellingham-this is an oyster shell that has a rock in the beginning stages of becoming a pearl  5) Kauai (2007)



 Janice and I found a really big, long log and just sat and watched the ocean for awhile - it was very relaxing! Then we stopped off and grabbed some coffee from Starbucks and headed to Mokihana and laid in the sun! It was a beautiful day and we took a nice long stroll on the beach. I found this really interesting shell that was purple and had bubbles coming out of it. The bubbles were jelly-like, not sure what it was but it was cute! We saw a couple of spear fishers diving off the coral bed.










Now we are home and I am editing pictures and blogging.

To see more pictures from yesterday and today’s adventure please click the link below:

Tomorrow I have my interview at 10:30am and prayers would be much appreciated, Mahalo!
A Hui Hou,
Kaileia

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Honu (Hawaiian for “Turtle”)

Aloha,
Janice and I have had a crazy fun day! Started off with “awful waffles,” a Saturday tradition in the Sherman household, and I Love Lucy reruns. Headed out to Poipu, stopped and ate lunch at Keoki’s Restaurant and CafĂ©. Lunch was good but some things didn’t go right and so they gave us a free dessert on the house - Hula Pie to be exact, ice cream, whip cream, coconut, chocolate syrup and macadamia nuts-so ono! After that we went and found Aaron Feinberg’s new art gallery that opened last night. He was there and I was able to meet him, so that was fun!
We went toward Spouting Horn but kept on going until the end of the road. I had never been here.  There are nice lava rocks to sit on and watch the waves come in a crash against the lava. Well, I was sitting there and low and behold I see a turtle in the cove, picture time! I saw one, and then two…and at one time I saw five! They looked like they were having so much fun riding the waves; the water was exquisitely turquoise!









I could have stayed here all day taking pictures, but we had to leave some time, and so we left and stopped at Spouting Horn. There is a separate hole in the lava that wind from the waves blows through-it is very, very loud. If you ever go down right next to it, it sounds like an Air Force plane is going to land on top of you, and if you don’t know what to expect, it will take you by surprise! 

We stopped at Lawai Beach for a quick dip in the ocean and I went snorkeling. Snorkeling is one of my favorite things to do here. There are so many different fish and it is just incredible to be in their world. I saw a lot of fish - one of my favorite was one that was neon green, bright blue, orange, pink, yellow and I’m sure some other colors too! I saw puffer fish, the ones that puff up with pointy spikes if they feel threatened. Also saw sturgeon fish, they have a little knife in their tail as a defense mechanism and it is neon blue! I saw a lot of sea urchins and sea slugs, coral and so much more! Like, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a, the Hawaiian state fish! Then finally home, quick shower, quick dinner and now we are watching I Love Lucy again.

Goodnight! I am wiped out and I am sure I will sleep well tonight!
Aloha,
Kaileia

Friday, January 20, 2012

Starlighters

Tonight, and every third Friday of the month, a band called the Starlighters comes to the Kukui Nut Grove Shopping center here in Lihue. The band consist of members ages 17-90 playing instruments including the saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, drums and a few others. They play a range of songs from the big band era, like Smile by Nat King Cole, In The Mood by Glen Miller, Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Louie Armstrong, and many, many more! It is such a fun time where a lot of people from that generation come and reminisce in the old music. About 6 pairs of ballroom dancers danced all around the stage and about 7 or 8 old ladies got up and danced, too! There were a couple of old time singers  and they were pretty good also! I absolutely love the 40’s and 50’s music and I especially like the  modern day singers like Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. who covers songs from this era. It was a fun time had by all!
Tomorrow Janice and I are heading to Poipu to hit the beach and also stop by a new gallery of one of my favorite artist here on the island, Aaron Feinberg. So I will most definitely have pictures for you tomorrow.
A Hui Hou,
Kaileia

Monday, January 16, 2012

I Won!

Aloha,

Today was cloudy and very, very windy!!! Nonetheless, I had the day off and Janice and I were planning on heading west - it was raining in Waimea so we decided to hang around Lihue.

First, I had to stop by the Rehab Center at the Hospital and talk to the Director about a CNA position that was just posted.  She will email me an Assessment Test tomorrow and we’ll go from there.  After that we went to the mall and did some window shopping until lunch.  We decided to eat at Kalapaki Joe’s and had a great lunch with a great view of some people surfing and paddle boarding - despite the weather.  We stopped at Wal-mart on our way home and as we were leaving, Janice looked up at the sky just as the clouds parted and saw the most beautiful sight!  It was like the sky had cracked in half revealing the sun that had been hiding all day!  Good thing I had my camera!

This afternoon we played scrabble.  Usually I am not too good at this game, but I must have had some beginners luck because I won: 299-286!  It was neck-and-neck the entire game and was a lot of fun too!

Prayers for the CNA job to come through would be much appreciated!

Mahalo,
Kaileia

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Unexpected Blessings

Yesterday Janice and I drove to Hanalei, just had a nice drive, despite the gloomy weather. We stopped at the Kauai Ranch and saw the Spalding Monument, built to honor a former plantation manager. It doesn’t look like much now and has been abandoned; I’m sure it was beautiful back in the day.

Yesterday and today have been very blustery and rainy, but that doesn’t mean God won’t send some beauty our way. This evening as I was finishing up dinner I looked out the window and saw that the whole sky was pink and orange! It was beautiful and unexpected!

Also I saw an ad in the paper for a full-time CNA (Certified Nurse’s Assistant) at an elderly home in Wilcox hospital. First thing Tuesday morning I am heading there.  I have already applied here so they should have my application on file and I am hoping to get on there. Prayers would be much appreciated!

Excluding Monday (because of the holiday), I will be working all week with 4th & 5th graders!

Thank you Jesus for Your blessings You have given us and continue to give us!
Aloha,
Kaileia

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sleeping Giant

Well, it has taken me a few days to blog about this adventure but I’m finally doing it now!
Sunday I went to Calvary Chapel Kauai and I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to go there next week.
After church I was driving home as I drove by Sleeping Giant I thought it would be a wonderful day for a hike!
A little background on Sleeping Giant:  according to legend, a giant was asked to help build heiau, a Hawaiian temple. He did such a good job that the villagers threw him a luau; he ate so much that he fell asleep and has not been awakened since.
When I got home I tried to figure out the best route to take up to the top. There are three different ways you can go; I choose the East route because it is said to be the most beautiful. I had only been up the back-side of the mountain back in 2007, and I hiked in flip flops because I didn’t bring my tennis shoes with me. The route that I decided to take was a moderately difficult hike, you gain 1,000 feet in elevation in 2 miles. About a quarter of the way up, the trail splits into two and I wasn’t sure which one to take. I tried going left but it became too dangerous, so I turned around and went right, the right way. On the way up there are points where you can stop and look at the ocean and I was taking a “blow” (what my Dad’s family calls a stop to rest while hiking) and lo and behold a whale breached! By the time I had taken my camera out and switched my lens it was too late and the pod had moved on - it was amazing though - whale season has begun! Finally got to the top; took me about 1 ½ hours, but I love hiking! I stopped at the picnic table and enjoyed my water and granola bar before moving onto the final leg of my hike. This part of the hike becomes extremely dangerous. At times you have cliffs on either side of you, so if you don’t feel comfortable with heights or dangerous situations don’t continue. The last part of the hike takes you across the Giant’s spine, neck, and chin and up to his head. There is one part where you can go up onto his chin, but it is a very, very skinny part of the trail with cliffs on either side of you. I would suggest never going up there, never. When you get to the top of his chin there isn’t really any place to sit, just don’t go up there, please! Anyway, so on to the top I went.  Wow!  Gorgeous! Toward the ocean you can see the entire Wailua Valley from Anahola to Lihue. Looking North, the mountains start and you can see King Kong’s profile and the rest of the mountain range. It is an absolutely incredible view, sitting on top, all alone with God’s creation. I sat up on top for about 20 minutes just enjoying everything, so serene. Started the hike back down which was nice, and I managed not to fall until the very last stretch.  It was my fault though - I was talking on my phone. Such a nice Sunday afternoon hike :)










I hope to take more hikes around the island sometime; it is such a beautiful island!

To see all of my pictures from my hike please click on this link:

Work is going well, and Janice got back to the island today!

Aloha to all,
Kaileia

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Aloha and Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve I went and watched the sunset in Poipu. Also saw some humpback whales, a couple pods of them. One of the whales was playing and slapping the water with his fin-he looked like he was having fun!










Around 7pm, I went to Poipu Beach and listened to some local bands play and watched the stars; they were shining bright and beautiful! Throughout the evening, families around the beach lit floating lamps and sent them flying into the sky, it was a beautiful sight! 9pm came around and the fireworks began. They were spectacular! The last bunch they set off must have been 20 big ones in a row-crazy loud but amazing!


I got home about 10:30pm and I was able to carry on a tradition with my dad, even from 3000+ miles away. On New Year’s Eve, my dad and I sit at the piano at our church’s annual party and sing old songs. We were still able to do this via skype. He sat the phone down on the piano and played and I sang along. I had to mute my phone though because my singing was a couple seconds behind. It was wonderful to still be able to carry on this tradition with my dad; it is probably one of my favorite times of the year! We sing Elton John, Billy Joel, Beatles, Barry Manilow, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Jackson and much, much more! Love you, Dad thanks for the memories!
Then midnight rolled around and the fireworks here were crazy. As I stood on our lani looking out, all I could see was firework smoke and fireworks. It lasted until about 2am and it was very loud but beautiful!

So, Happy New Year!
Today I had an interview for an after-school program at Wilcox Elementary for an on-call position…and I got it! So I will be an on-call, after-school teacher and I am excited! I am still looking for a full-time position elsewhere but this will be a nice transition back into working again.

To see more photos from my recent excursions please visit my facebook page: www.facebook.com/kaileia.sherman 

Aloha,
Kaileia