Wednesday, April 25, 2018

V is for VOG

V - VOG

Unfortunately there is always a negative for evey positive
 and as BEAUTIFUL as Hawaii is we deal with at least one ugly thing....
VOG! 

Vog is a form of air pollution that results when sulfur dioxide and other gases and particles emitted by an erupting volcano react with oxygen and moisture in the presence of sunlight. The word is a combination of the words "volcanic", "smog", and "fog". Dealing with VOG started in Hawai'i when the Kilauea volcano, on the Island of Hawai'i  began January 3, 1983. 



It has gotten much worse since 2008 when Kilauea began emitting 2,000 to 3,000 tons per day of SO2 from its two active vents since.
Plumes of Gas rise up from the ocean

GASES escape as Lava hits the Ocean 


When the VOG is thick the SUNRISE is RED 

VOG HANGS IN THE AIR

LOOKING LIKE HEAVY CLOUD COVER

But when the TRADE WINDS return and the VOG Clears
 ours Sky returns to Crystal clear 

And on a CLEAR DAY WE CAN SEE MAUI



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

U is for UNDER THE SEA

 U - UNDER THE SEA
When I first met my husband in 1970 he was teaching Scuba Diving so OF COURSE
 I took Dive lessons to get to spend more time with him.

We have continued to share a love of the Ocean and ALL things 
UNDERWATER and especially here in HAWAII the Diving is WONDERFUL!

HONU ( Green Sea Turtle)



Moray Eel

Parrot Fish

Parrot Fish

Humu­humu­nuku­nuku­āpua'a


But the ULTIMATE DIVE for me was a NIGHT DIVE
MANTA RAYS






Monday, April 23, 2018

T is for TI LEAF SKIRT

T - TI LEAF SKIRT

Making a Ti Leaf Skirt was not a Skill I ever expected to need to learn.  It was at first very intimidating to find out that we needed to collect almost 100 TI Leaves to be able and make a Skirt as well as our Lei for our wrists, ankles, and head.



200 TI LEAVES collected 

Each leaf has to be washed and wiped down

The center spine is removed without tearing the leaf in half.

Leaves prepped and ready to be tied onto rope 

Leaves are tied TIGHTLY onto a Rope that has been measured to your waist size
Full Tied Skirt ready to be Stripped

Final try on to make sure I have full coverage.

NOW each leaf must be stripped into long thin pieces

Leaves are not stripped until right before dancing so that skirt does not dry out

Fully stripped skirt

TI LEAVES prepared for making wrist and ankle, and head, LEI

Many hands make faster work

A FINISHED SKIRT

Some skirts need to be trimmed to hang even.

Fully dressed in Lei and Skirt


 
The hardest thing about making a TI LEAF SKIRT is knowing that they have a very short life
 of just a few days even if you manage to keep them cool and damp they soon need to be remade.





Saturday, April 21, 2018

S is for Shells on the Shoreline

S - SHELLS on the SHORELINE

All my life when life is tough or I need to think things through I head for the Shore. The Sand between my toes and the waves lapping over the sand always bring me peace of mind and allow me to think and problem through. When I walk I am a collector searching the waters edge for shells and sea glass. Over the years I have accumulated so much that I now only collect the unusual pieces.
Walking on Beaches of many colors of Sand

Or sometimes just a Rocky Shore

Pieces of coral forming Coral Hearts 

Hawaii Island even has a beach made of GREEN SAND

Molokai has one of my all time favorite White sand beaches

Granulated Cowries and Cone Shells
 are what I search for these days


We have lots of Black Sand Beaches from all the Volcanic Activity  
A little piece of Old Hawaii

One of the best things about walking on the Shoreline is seeing HONU


Or sharing the Sand with an Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal


Or just taking the time to sit and watch another amazing SUNSET