big island

It Pours Sunshine in my Heart

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The typhoon of the decade is suppose to be headed to Tokyo, and will hit late tonight early Thursday morning.  Wet, sopping wet, is the wet that has persisted for the past 3 days, soon to be 4 days.  I have been forced to put on a jacket to keep warm.  Summer now seems like a faded distant memory.  Although I know in my heart its not that faded, and its not that distant.

I know most you probably had enough of me raving on and on about the Hawaiian islands, but I cant help myself.  It just felt right, without any of the sticky mess that is a modern metropolis like tokyo.  So it is here that I leave you with this . . .

It Pours Sunshine in My Heart

Dreaming of Blue Skies

Edge of Sky and Sea

The Painted Church of the Big Island

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

I never would have stopped over at the The Painted Church also known as St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church if it wasn’t for Sam at the HOLUALOA UKULELE GALLERY who told us we can’t miss this little gem.  And Sam was surely right that it was a special place.  It was all painted by Father John Berchmans Velge in the the very early 1900’s.  Wandering around the grounds and inside the little church that was more like a home than a church.  The dedication and love for his faith is so beautifully illustrated on all the surfaces of the church.

for the history and info about the painted church visit here 

The Tempatation of Christ in the Painted Church

Palm Tree Column in the Painted Church

Offering Box, The Painted Church

Kneeling in Prayer ar in the Painted Church

In Prayer wth Shell Necklaces

Reflection on Hilo, Big Island Hawaii

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Hilo is more of a city than the southern area of Kona on the Big Island.  We unfortunately did not have much time to chill here, so we are going to make a trip back someday.  We had just enough time to hit the main street that faced the ocean, and grab some Hawaiian style Bento’s (Japanese inspired Lunch Boxes).

There is an interesting Hilo story, but thats for another blog.

Me and Hawaiian Shirt, Hilo Big Island Hawaii

Empty Store Front, Hilo Big Island Hawaii

I Left My Heart on the Big Island

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I was impressed as I drove on route 19 on the Big Island in Hawaii.  Driving past the ancient black lava beds I was struck by white graffiti that covered the the black lava on both sides of the highway.  With messages of love or Happy 60th Birthday Grandpa, I had to take a closer look to see how it was done.  The writers gathered white sun bleached coral and used that to contrast the black rocks.

While chilling at the locals beach Isaac Hale Beach Park, I found some white coral and left a little homage to those messages along route 19.

My heart will drift in and out with the waves…

m2c at Issac Hale Beach, Big Island Hawaii

I think this is the reason for the slow uploading of images.

Every time I look at my images, I get homesick for a land that quickly became home.

Kayaking Kealakekua Bay Hawaii

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Dreaming of those blue waves, and orange cliffs as we paddled across the Kealakekua Bay.  

The water so cool, the sky so clear, our minds opened and became refreshed.

Kayaking Across the Bay

Three Layer Landscape

Sunsets on the Big island

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

The time that we spent on the Big Island was breathtaking in its simple and complex beauty.  I was reminded how much i missed watching the sky drop from the skies in my native Florida.  Each night we stared off into the distant horizon and watched the liquid fireball meld into that horizontal line.


Coming from my current urban home of Tokyo, a spark of nature was ignited in my soul.  That need to be out in the natural un-urban world.  Jump in the salty oceans, climb down a rocky path, feel the misty air, all of these soothe and energize the soul.


Go out any find your own Sunsets on the Big Island, where ever they shall be.

Weedy Sunset

Multi Tree Sunset

Two Tree Sunset

Soulful Sunset

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