What we will miss…

There is an expression here, “You lucky you live Hawaii” — and it’s true. And though we don’t get to live here permanently, we know we are lucky to have spent so much time in Hawaii. And as that time draw to a close, we’ve been thinking back on all the wonderful things we are already missing. Here are a few…


Flowers blooming 365 days a year, but we’ll especially miss the varieties of plumeria…


View of the Koolaus and Diamond Head across Pearl Harbor


View of the Waianaes when the morning sun highlights its ridges


The brilliant colors of the sunrise…


and sunsets…


Rainbows


Hiking through rainforests…


…and along the knife edge ridges of the mountains (this is for T, I don’t do heights)


Hanging with some of the natives — these are monk seals, but also the honu (sea turtles)


The incredible blue of the Pacific Ocean…


The oasis that is Foster Gardens in the middle hectic Honolulu


All the great fests, especially those at Kapiolani Park


Perfect shave ice with li ling powder on top and ice cream on the bottom at our local shop on Ewa


Two of our neighbors: Friendly chirping house geckos, and this bulbul who adopted us and whom T nicknamed “Bento”


All the lovely FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE….


… and fresh, locally caught fish; as well as local beef, pork, eggs, milk, noodles, tofu, kamaboko,

Everything talked about in the Hawaii Food Primer, but especially ramen, andagi, pickled li hing mango from Haleiwa, manapua, crack seed, poi, laulau, and Zippy’s chili

Some things we don’t have photos of:

– waking to the chatter of mynah birds, cardinals, bulbuls, half a dozen variety of finches, and doves at 5:30 in the morning

– watching the weekly procession of cattle egrets stalking a riding lawn mower (they eat the bugs the mower churns up) — the scene always reminds me of the fable of the “Pied Piper of Hamelin” with the mower in the lead, and wherever it drives, 12-20 large white egrets follow just behind!

– the view of Kaneohe Bay as you come out of the tunnel on H-3 with the na pali on your left and that sheer drop off below the freeway (you feel like you’re flying!)

– and the view of Waialua and Haleiwa as you come over the crest on the Kam Highway, just before the road drops and your stomach falls before the rest of you catches up

– the smell of barbecued meat in the air…at 7 in the morning!

– driving to the North Shore on Kunia Road, between corn fields, pineapple plantations and other farmland

– being able to buy 20 lb. bags of rice at any grocery

– bringing breakfast to the lagoons at Ko’Olina to whale watch, spot turtles or seals, and spend a quiet morning

– walking to the beach from home…

From the song written by Queen Lili’uokalani, “Aloha ‘Oe” (translation in italics)
Aloha ʻoe, aloha ʻoe
Farewell to you, farewell to you
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace,
One fond embrace,
A hoʻi aʻe au
‘Ere I depart
Until we meet again
Until we meet again