Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hawaii X 8



   
My first experience of Hawaii was in the 1980s when I joined my brother who was house-sitting for a friend in a spacious home looking down on Diamond Head. 




John on Oahu

I spent several weeks there over Christmas vacation. John and I also flew over to the Big Island and stayed at the Volcano House overlooking Kilauea Volcano. I got sick from the rich food at the lodge or possibly from the fumes I breathed emerging from the steam vents. Perhaps Pele, herself, was initiating me. I have never gotten ill in all the subsequent visits to Hawaii, Hawaii. 

The second trip was in 1991 with Steve and David Killian as a stopover on our trip to Australia. The nice Northwest Airlines agent in Honolulu upgraded Steve and me to first class all the way to Sydney. That was one of the bygone days of flying as a wondrous adventure and a delight. We spent only a few days on Oahu going and returning; but had an enjoyable time on Waikiki.

The next 4 trips to Hawaii were with Darryl--Three times to the big Island and once to Maui. Starr joined us for one of our stays on the BI to celebrate her 50th Birthday. The stay in 2008 was transformative and enlightening. Darryl had volunteered at Kalani for 7 weeks and we both had the privilege of experiencing that magical place, together.





The Zen Swing at Kalani







Our 7th Stay was in 2010 when Darryl volunteered at Kalani for 3 months and I joined him at the end of his term.  It was as if this could be our home.

Below are glimpses of our stays in Hawaii over the seven times we were there.  We are now on the eve of our 8th stay on three islands with dear friends Wolfgang and Sebastian...



Big I- Akaka Falls



Our Tree-house Party






Starr over Honolulu

Dar and Starr in the Tree House.








Buddha, Maui


Loved nights, floating naked in the Kalani Pool, looking at the Milky Way and all the stars. 



Hapuna Beach, BI




Hiking Haleakala.







The Kalani Pool




















Makena Beach, Maui







Sunset and shadow
Mauna Kea, BI









 Gift for Pele

Dar volunteers for the Kitchen




Hapuna Beach