Thursday, March 29, 2012

Last Sunday...Some new pictures!

So last Sunday Janice, Grandpopper and I went for a Sunday drive to see what we could see. Stopped by the Nawiliwili Harbor and I took some pictures of the boats and kayaks. Then went and said Aloha to the turtles at Turtle Cove. For some reason the water was really rough and churning up a whole bunch of sand, the poor turtles had sand all over them! The waves were really, really big and making huge crashing waves against the lava coastline; they were also really loud.

We then stopped at the Hyatt and Shipwreck Beach to see if there were any Monk Seals. There weren’t, but while we were walking through the lobby some lady gave Janice and me Haku Leis. Haku Leis are leis that you wear on your head.  These particular ones were made with pretty leaves, and they smelled good, too! We also saw and got pictures of some guys jumping off the big rock.

Work has been going great, and I have been getting a lot of artwork from my kids, I’m going to have a full file by the time I move back! They are all really great; I work with 2nd grade girls and boys.
I am moving into my new place this weekend so I will take pictures and blog about that - I am really excited! In 18 days I will be with my mom and FAN (Favorite Aunt Nancy) - can’t wait. My mom and I are planning things to do while they are here - mostly just spending time together.
Recent Photos:
Animals, the last 4 photos are new: Turtles!
Flowers, the last 6 photos are new: Pretty Pink Flowers
Waves, the last 8 photos are new: Crash!
Places of Interest, the last 10 photos are new: Includes the guys jumping from the rock!

Malama Pono

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sunrise, Sunrise

A couple nights ago I was having some trouble sleeping, so I decided to watch the sunrise. While it wasn’t anything spectacular it was still beautiful! Whenever I watch the sunrise it reminds me of the verse that says, “Great is His faithfulness; His mercies are afresh every morning.” Lamentations 3:23

Some great things have been happening here; I only have 24 more days until my Mom and Aunt come visit me! Last week I found a place to live in this really nice house with this awesome Christian lady. So nice to know that I will be living with someone who believes the same things I do. She has a cat and a dog. The cat’s name is Whisper, I think, and the dog’s name is Sweetie.  I’m going to love having animals around again! I will be moving in April 1st and stay there until sometime in late August. I am planning on moving back to Pullman around that time. I wanted to go away and have an adventure and learn some new things and I really believe I have. Being on my own without my family and friends around has really helped me rely on and lean on God more and it’s awesome! I still have about 5 months here and I am sure I will learn more. I still have a lot of exploring I want to do around this Island!
Thank you all for your support and prayers; they are really appreciated.
Malama Pono,

Friday, March 16, 2012

South Shore

Aloha, Everyone! The sun has officially come back to my little island!!! Yesterday I got off work early and headed to the South Shore, Shipwreck Beach. If you ever go to this beach you will most likely see a Hawaiian Monk Seal. They will be roped off and most likely be being watched by a volunteer. Hawaiian Monk Seals often come ashore after a heavy meal or to avoid a predator. Many people assume that they are sick or injured and try and coax them back into the water. Unfortunately, if you try to do this, it is illegal to disturb them and the fines can range as high as $25,000! Unlike other seals, they do not come ashore in large numbers. This seal laid in the sun for 6 hours and when he did wake up he yawned a big yawn and rolled around in the sand for awhile before returning to the ocean.

Shipwreck Beach is located directly in front of the Hyatt and they have done a wonderful job of landscaping the surrounding areas! One thing you might recognize at Shipwreck is a really big rock. This is the same rock the Harrison Ford and Anne Heche jumped off of in the movie 6 Days 7 Nights. Every so often you will see some people jump off of it; be careful though, it is quite the swim back to shore! As the sun sets behind the palm trees, Shipwreck Beach glows and the clouds turn pink and it is a beautiful contrast with the bright blue waves that are coming in – it was really pretty!

Also, I got a package in the mail today from my friends, Courtney and Sarah.  They bought me my own coffee maker! Woo-hoo. I love my coffee and I can’t wait to brew my first cup with the coffee they bought me! So, thank you to my two wonderful friends; love you girls and I can’t wait to see you in 169 days!

1) Link to new photos of Hawaiian Flowers (starts 11th row, 3rd photo)
2) Link to photos of the Hawaiian Monk Seal


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Raindrops on Flowers

Yesterday was the first day in almost three weeks that it has actually been nice and sunny, and even then it was only for about an hour before it started raining again. I am seriously depressed about all this rain; I miss the sun! Sunday I was sitting in Starbucks drinking a nice hot cup of coffee and the song Here Comes the Sun came on…I’m praying that’s true! In the meantime I am missing taking pictures, so I went out yesterday to try and find some beauty in all this rain. I found that a lot of the flowers had raindrops on them and I thought they were pretty, so I took some pictures! If I had a macro lens I could do those cool shots where you can see the flower in the raindrop! As I was coming home from work today I walked by a plumeria tree that has started blooming, so I stopped and smelled them; they smelled so very wonderful! There is another flower around here called tuberose, it is very fragrant, in fact this was one of the flowers that was in my graduation lei in high school.
…So I wrote this blog in the early afternoon, then the sun decided to come out! So I have more pictures for you to see, I found two different lizards and lots of budding Plumeria. Spring is coming and the island smells wonderful!!!

Click on the links below to see all of my recent pictures.
1) Flowers
The new flower pictures start on the 6th row with a pink hibiscus
2) Lizards
The new animal pictures start on the 5th row with the lizard

Today was sunny and overcast and very windy! Our weather is improving though!
-Praying the sun comes back soon-

Friday, March 9, 2012

38 Days

Last night when my mom and Aunt Nancy decided to have an impromptu video chat with me and then started an impromptu ukulele jam session I didn’t think much of it. Nancy asked me if she could play like me if I tuned her uke, well of course, but I am 3,000 miles away and I won’t see you for 177 days. Or so I thought. She said, well what about in 39 days?! Um, yeah, that totally caught me off guard and then I finally realized what was happening, my mom and FAN (Favorite Aunt Nancy) are coming to visit me in 39 days (now 38)!!!! I was overwhelmed with joy and cried because I am so happy to see my Ohana. Thank you to Tutu and Mema for helping make this possible!!!

Now onto the weather, which hopefully will get better before they visit in April. It has pretty much been raining for three weeks, with about three days of sun. This horrible weather has been accompanied by violent lightning and thunder storms, and last night we had hail! The news showed people going and picking hail up and putting it in their freezer; when was the last time it hailed on Kauai?! Also, today a rare tornado touched down on the windward side on Oahu. I’m not sure I live in Hawaii right now, but our weather man said we should be back to sun and 81 degree weather by mid-week. I’m sure it will take awhile for our little Island to dry out. We have been watered enough! On the plus side of things, a beautiful full rainbow appeared today, almost a double rainbow. No Rain…No Rainbows (I just wish we didn’t have so much rain at one point).

Well, I am ecstatic about my mama and FAN coming and I can’t wait!!!
…still looking for an apartment and another job with more hours, but I am enjoying my job in the meantime.

Aloha & Malama Pono,

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rain, Rain Go Away...

Well, our little Island is finally drying out from all the rain we have had. Hanalei got 36 inches of rain in 3 days!!! Most parts of the Island are/were flooded. A lot of landslides happened, part of the highway caved in, Hanalei Valley is now Hanalei Lake. I mentioned some of this in my last blog, but then the next day is when it really rained! I had to go to work that afternoon and as I was walking through the parking lot trying to avoid all of the puddles I jumped right into one.  If I was 7 this might be fun, actually it might be fun now to go puddle jumping, just not when I am trying to get to work. Both Wailua and Opaekaa Falls were transformed – thousands of gallons of muddy water spilling over. Yesterday I tried to go take some pictures of some waterfalls, I got a couple of pictures and then it started dumping! All this rain does make our Island the Garden Isle, but does it all have to come at one time?! Today it had just rained lightly in Lihue and we have even gotten some sunshine, and a rainbow! The weatherman says some more rain and thunderstorms are on their way but I have not seen or heard any yet; guess I’ll just have to wait and see. I would love to go try and explore and get pictures but it is still dangerous to venture out too far.  We have had 5 people out at work the last 2 days. I think the worst is finally over now.
Here is a link to a slideshow of the weather we have been having.

Well, the weather has been keeping me from exploring but I did get some pictures. Sometime this week I am going to look at a possible place to live in Kalaheo and I am still looking for work, so any prayers would be much appreciated!

I hope your weather wherever you may be is better than the weather we have had the last couple weeks here.
Stay dry! Malama Pono,

Sunday, March 4, 2012

84 years young...and some another storm

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Grandpopper who turned 84 yesterday!  We celebrated with some friends here on the island, went out to dinner and had some cake that Janice and I collectively made.  The cake was a white cake with vanilla pudding layers, frosted with a vanilla frosting and topped with some homemade whip cream.  If you couldn’t tell, Grandpa doesn’t like chocolate!  We also stuck some white/strawberry pieces of chocolate on the side of the cake to make it pretty.

Last night we had a repeat of last weekend’s weather.  At 4am we all woke up to thunderstorm with heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and we lost our power for awhile. We sat up and watched the light show for bit until it finally settled down and then we headed back to bed. We all slept in, of course, and in the afternoon it seemed to let up a little so we headed to the movie theater. Grandpa dropped me and Janice off at the door since it was raining, but as soon as we got under the eve of the building it started dumping!!!  Poor Grandpa had to wait in the car awhile to see if the rain would let up, which it didn’t, and so he had to make a mad dash for the door.  He made it but was very, very wet.

We saw the movie Act of Valor, it was really good.  On the way home we stopped at Starbucks to get some strong coffee to warm us up.  We saw some waterfalls on the mountains so we drove up to the Menehune fish ponds and counted 11 waterfalls!  I’ll go up there tomorrow morning with my camera to see if I can get some good pictures.  We also stopped at Nawiliwili Harbor which was full of mud and debris.  Looking back at Kalapaki Beach we could not see one person on the beach or swimming. Looking Makai (ocean side) we could hardly see any blue water – it was brownish-red muddy water as far as we could see.  All of the waves we saw coming in were also very brown.

We finally got home and on the news it showed Wailua falls – nothing but muddy water coming down, and lots of it!!!  Most of the North Shore is shut down, and Hanalei Bridge has been shut down since last night with no traffic coming or going from there.  Most of the rest of the Island is flooded:  parking lots are like lakes, and one part of the highway on the way to Kilauea caved in.   it’s just some really nasty weather we are having!

I feel sorry for anyone who is vacationing here this week!  We are supposed to get even more thunderstorms tonight and all day tomorrow - we aren’t even supposed to see the sun until Wednesday! But, it is winter here and all this rain makes this Island the Garden Isle, green and beautiful!

Well, that’s all for now. Have a good Monday!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Avocado Spread

I don’t know about you but I LOVE avocados!  I recently came upon a recipe that sounded delicious and so I made it for dinner tonight.  Here it is.

2 avocados
3 leaves of lettuce (torn up)
½ chopped up cucumber
1 can corn
1 lime (the juice)
¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 6oz container of vanilla yogurt
2 cloves of garlic
½ tsp of salt
Half of a finely chopped onion or green onion
In a medium bowl combine chopped up avocado, ripped up lettuce, ripped up cilantro, chopped up cucumber, ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, corn, yogurt and onion.  Grate 2 cloves of garlic.  Add the juice of 1 lime and a dash of salt.  Mix it up.  Best in pita bread as it is a little messy but any bread would work.
*Side Note-You can add pretty much anything you want into this, tomatoes, mushrooms or possibly bacon bits.
It is very yummy, healthy and green-maybe something to make for St. Patrick’s Day!  Both my Grandpopper and Janice really enjoyed it.

Shout out to my cousin Matt and his beautiful wife Jessica for welcoming their son into the world today. Miles Malcolm Benedict Ober.  Welcome to the world baby Miles!  From the pictures he looks adorable and healthy with a full head of hair!