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A Hawaiian mural I discovered at a Big Island Resort shopping area.


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Old Kona Airport Beach, Big Island of Hawaii

The last few days I have been drawn to adding beautiful photos that I find healing. I hope that these photos bring you pleasure as well. This beach is gorgeous, quiet and quite unique. It used to be next to the runways of the old Kona Airport. To reach the beach you actually drive down what used to be runways for the airplanes, kind of cool and bizzare all at the same time. Definetely worth a visit or two!

I took this shot on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Another beautiful shot from the islands of Hawaii. I called these islands home for three amazing years and I still treasure them today. Aloha!

A surfer on the island of Maui.
Everyone seems to be searching for views of Hawaii lately so today I am simply adding some beauty to the blog by adding a photo I took a couple years ago while I was revisiting the Hawaiian Islands I love. Aloha!

A Sailboat on the Big Island of Hawaii

As I sat with my family at a local restaurant this week I was drawn by the beautiful water view and the sailboats docked in their marina spots near our patio seating. My gaze was continually drawn to two particular sailboats that sat afloat right outside the harbor area. I’m drawn to water views and sailboats calmly sitting on the water. I really can imagine myself enjoying that kind of simple life.

I have NO boating experience, and certainly NO SAILING experience, so where does this desire come from? No idea, yet year after year I find myself drawn to those boats and views. I want that silence, that peace, that simplicity. Maybe the idea of that freedom to move from place to place as the desire hits is in part what appeals to me, maybe the silence and the calm of the water is appealing as well.

Because of this feeling I have immersed myself in many travel books about families and couples who have taken sabbaticals from their everyday life to create a life of travel living on a boat and cruising the caribbean islands. Of course every single one of their books is appealing as well as very REAL REALITY CHECK. Everyone of them is faced with a steep learning curve, to not only know how to sail that boat, but how to fix things, stay aware of dangers and accept and become used to (it seems..) the challenge of night sailing and the very real danger of storms and hurricane season. Even with those reality checks it strikes me as very appealing.

Maybe someday I can start small by joining friends on a sailing vacation or renting a sailboat in the caribbean and having a tropical get away and learning more about what draws me to this very different lifestyle.

Byodo Temple and gardens, Oahu Hawaii

Today I had the opportunity to spend some time walking through a gorgeous botanical garden. I treasure time to sit in a garden, enjoy the flowers, and the gorgeous designs of the flowing walkways. I have delighted in gardens around the world. In Berlin I loved the Botanisher Garten in Steglitz. It’s tropical indoor gardens became my haven in the cold dark winter days; while it’s outdoor pond and budding tulips became a sight to treasure in the early days of spring. In Rome I fell in love with a site of ancient ruins. It’s attatched park had been lovingly reconstructed and continued to be a place of both beauty and peace. In Hawaii I fell in love with two gardens, first the Botanical Garden in the heart of Honolulu. Their garden had some lovely orchids and ferns and was a haven of large trees and wonderful flowers in the middle of a bustling city. The second was Byodo Temple in Kaneohe. This garden is one separate section of a beautiful multi-cultural cemetary. The garden contains an amazing replica temple of an actual temple in Japan. The temple holds a large Buddha statue and within the gardens there’s a giant bell to ring for blessings of peace and prosperity. There are Koi fish in the ponds, and peacocks strolling the grounds. I spent many days visiting Byodo Temple during my years on Oahu. Bali brought me a garden and temple on the lake. It’s beauty is seen in another post on this blog. I found many treasured moments in that temple garden in Bali, Indonesia. It’s a garden to treasure. I hope you have a special place which fills your heart with peace and your day with moments of joy!

Canoe and children picture taken on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Beach shot Kailua Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.

Whenever I am feeling in need of tranquility I think back to moments I’ve experienced while living on islands in the Pacific. Guam sunsets at Tahiti Rama’s…sadly now long gone from Tumon Bay. Where tables graced the sand and your feet could feel the softness of the sand while you enjoyed a drink with a lover or friend.

Oahu, Hawaii, where I loved driving along the North Shore in the winter months when the beaches were closed to all but the very best or insane ….surfers. Along with many others I would sit on the sand, mesmerized by the huge waves and the skill of those surfing the dangerous waves. I find a sense of peace in the magnitude and strength of the ocean. It reminds me that my struggles and problems are just one small part of a whole and to work at taking a larger view of the struggle I may be facing. (I could certainly use that bit of my own advice today…..laughter.) There is something special about islands, they touch me with their magic and their beauty. May these pictures bring each of you a sense of the beauty, tranquility and peace I found there. Treasure your day!

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