Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Hawaiian adventure

Adventure in Hawaii

I love to travel and have an active life on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii Island is packed with amazing places to discover and it's filled with adventure, recreation and self-discovery. If you wake up early before the sun rises, you can easily walk to see live lava flowing into the ocean continuously from Kilaeau where it begins out to the cliffs at Kalapana. Or, you can also see new lava via ocean cruise boats which almost touch the cliffs where the lava oozes and dramatically enters the ocean. 

It's very easy to enjoy a day on the water or in the ocean from surfing or paddling, snorkeling above coral filled with tropical fishes, sailing in aqua colored bays or even swimming with the giant manta rays feeding on plankton. Even exploring inland to visit some of the amazing waterfalls that dramatically fall into cold and deep pools below are fun to discover and enjoy a refreshing swim below.

I find that the choices are endless here for adventure and only left to my imagination and interest based on what's happening in the calendar or when friends call me up on a whim to do something interesting recreation-wise. It seems like every day there are so many options for new personal discoveries and visiting different parts of the island which I haven't had the time to explore and spend more time in the area. This is what adventure means to me personally, having an open mind, visiting new places in my area and trying new activities that add to my appreciation and love of the aina (land) and this entire island.

Competition and nominations

This post is being submitted for a competition on What Adventure means to you, it is sponsored by the folks at Southern Cross Travel Insurance. To participate visit their site at As part of the competition I am inviting two other bloggers to participate below:

Mary Chong at Calculated Travel

Marysia Maciocha at My Travel Affairs


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Beautiful Hula at the Aloha Festivals

The start of the month long hula festival began with the beautiful all day hula festival at the Liliuokalani gardens to celebrate the birthday of queen Liliuokalani. It was a grand gesture with most of the major hula halau in East Hawaii performing a group hula performance with a orchid drop from a helicopter flying around the park.

It was a fun filled day with Taiko drummers, Japanese tea ceremonies, singing, chanting and of course plenty of hula dancing from various hula halau.

Here are some highlights of the days events






Here are some short videos that I took of one of the Hilo groups that form a more traditional Kahiko performance for the public to enjoy. It actually turned out good - hope you enjoy it.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunset sail in Hawaii

Sunset sail in Hawaii

Sailing in Hawaii is always fun especially for sunset cruises in different parts of the island. I had a chance to sail with our photo club and the commodore of the Hilo sailing club for the evening cruise on his beautiful trimaran. Surprisingly getting out of the slip and through the channel was relatively quick motoring out and with a little breeze, we were able to hoist the mail sails quickly.

In no time we were cruising through the bay and quickly put up the second sail or jib in the front which made the boat cruise even faster. Passing through Coconut island, the main landmark in Hilo bay, it was fun seeing this from the water and cruising around it. In no time we were able to cross from on point of the bay all the way to the other side in no time. With hardly any waves we were able to glide outside of the breakers and pass directly into the ocean.

Passing into Reeds bay, the clouds were starting to turn dark and gloomy, rainy skies were not going to dampen our sunset cruise so we head back through the harbor into the main part of Hilo bay.

Here are some more highlights of the evening cruise and sunset.




Head past the break wall separating Hilo from the open ocean waters, we head out along the Hamakua shorelines.


Evening and our sunset skies


The skies are dark and lit up magically with gold, red and orange hues against the black, despite the gloomy skies the water is smooth like glass and we cruise safely along the coastline. It was a nice pleasant sail and the cloudy skies actually added some dramatic light to the sunset. Still beautiful don't you agree?

What a wonderful cruise, I loved it and hope to be out on the water more often especially here in beautiful Hawaii!

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