Friday, November 13, 2009

On Paradise as Muse

Why I will return to Hawaii-

1. Breathtaking vistas (the view after climbing Diamond Head Crater)

2. Unusual geologic features (Chinaman's Hat, Oahu, windward coast)

3. Exotic wildlife--large (a manta ray with diver a Sea Life Park, Ohahu, but we had a personal visit from a manta ray in our cove on the Big Island)

--and small (lizard on our door stoop, Big Island)

4. Colorful plantlife (some kind of bromeliad)

5. A unique history (the Place of Refuge, Big Island)

6. Its own brand of architecture (the Painted Church, Big Island)

7. Outstanding surf (the Pipeline, Oahu North Shore)

8. Beaches with shade (Kapiolani Beach Park, Waikiki)

9. People marching to their own drummers (or eyewear!)(Pakani Grill, Waimea, Big Island; reminds me of the colorful costumes on Halloween night in Chinatown in Honolulu)

10. New uses for familiar foods (farmers' market, Honolulu)

11. The view off our private deck (Kealakekua Bay, Big Island)

12. The "aloha" spirit everywhere

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