Saturday, November 3, 2012

Black and White Night 2012

East Hawaii people really know how to party and have a great time, especially when it comes to the annual Black and White Night celebrations in Hilo town, and last night was no exception. Everyone on the island was out in force in beautiful Hilo to enjoy and be a part of the all the night time festivities. Being part of this small island community is such a wonderful experience and everyone here loves to be out on special evenings like this.

It was a beautiful, star lit night with soothing cool breezes mixed in with the sultry night air and revelers were in a seen and be seen mode decked in their eclectic black and white attire for the theme de la nui (of the night).

(Patterns, checks, stripes and geometrics all work in black and white)

It was a mixed bag of entertainment, crazy get-ups, impromptu performances and an all around fun time at all the venues in Hilo. A local circus group even added some juggling and fire spinning to wow the crowd last night.


 (fire spinning peformances were a fun show to see late at night)

  Live performances got the crowd up on their feet and shaking their groove thing on the streets. It looked like everyone was on the street dancing last night and just enjoying the moment.

( Boas with outfits fit right in with the black and white theme)

Created initially to support local business,  Hilo merchants galvanized and created an annual event for Hilo and open up their businesses to new and regular customers. Offering delicious snacks, promotions and entertainment to their venues and inviting all to enjoy a wonderful evening in town and revisiting some favorite and new places of interest.

(Even the dogs where out last night for a good time and some quality petting)

( The federal building lit up magically at night time, a beautiful colonial structure)

It seemed like everyone was in a very good mood and just enjoying all the venues and appreciating life in Hilo one of the best places to live in all of Hawaii nei!

Here are some more photos from last nigh's event from my flickr site, enjoy

Friday, November 2, 2012

On A Short Journey To Japan and a Change of Seasons


Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko


Its almost the change of seasons and colorful fall foliage happening in Japan, and I’ve booked a solo vacation trip to visit the whole country from top to bottom. Mostly traveling by Shinkasen, their superfast bullet trains that will take you away from the major metropolitan cities to the Japanese countryside, their alps or the coastal and inlet areas within a very short timeframe. I’ve always been attracted to riding by train and I know the Japanese have perfected their public transportation systems to be accurate and smooth.

I’m hoping that this will be an adventure filled with lots of activities, planned or spontaneous. Most of the journey will include touring some exciting cities and world heritage sites, and I have left time open for discovery and just enjoying the moment in areas I would like to spend more time in.

Visiting a new country gives many new impressions of their lifestyle and culture, their cuisine, history, art and religion. The diverse topography and living conditions, along the many different people that you meet always add to a unique and learned experience.

My eyes, ears and mouth are wide open for this journey like the famous three monkeys up in Nikko that ‘Hear no evil, speak no evil, and see no evil’. I’ll probably spot them somewhere on my journey visiting Nikko and the beautiful countryside up there just starting to turn their fall colors as we speak.

Stay tuned to my postings on my travels to exciting Japan, it will be an amazing adventure.

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