"Bumbai" (He'll do it when he gets
around to it - Hawaiian slang)
“What counts in making a happy
marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal
Pele. Fiery and
passionate, most people have seen her power and destruction in the
last month on the Big Island of Hawaii. A key figure in
Hawaiian legends Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, wind, dance
and volcanoes is a well-known character. Otherwise known as ka
wahine ai honua, the woman who devours the land, Pele’s home is
believed to be Halemaumau crater at the summit of Kilauea, one of
the world’s most active volcanoes. Dwelling in the craters of
the Big Island's Kilauea Volcano, she has been sending ribbons of
fiery lava down the mountainside and adding new land around the
southeastern shore almost continuously since 1983. Pele moved
down the chain of islands in order of their geological formation,
eventually landing on the Big Island's Mauna Loa, which is
considered the tallest mountain on earth when measured from its base
at the bottom of the ocean, taller than Mount Everest.
Any volcanic eruption
in Hawaii is attributed to Pele’s longing to be with her true love.
Legends about Pele, her rivals and her lovers abound. Most of the
lovers she took were not lucky enough to escape with their lives
when she hurled molten lava at them, trapping them in odd misshapen
pillars of rock that dot volcanic fields to this day.
Pele is often portrayed as a wanderer and sightings of the
familiar and popular goddess
have been reported throughout the
island chain for hundreds of years, but especially near volcanic
craters and near her home of Kilauea, one of the most active
volcanoes in the world.
In these sightings or
visions she appears as either a very tall, beautiful young woman or
an unattractive and frail elderly woman usually accompanied by
a white dog. Those well-versed in the legend, say that Pele takes
this form of an elderly beggar woman to test people – asking them if
they have food or drink to share. Those who are generous and share
with her are rewarded while anyone who is greedy or unkind are
punished with their homes or other valuables destroyed.
Whatever the truth
Pele has caused a lot of damage, but mainly in a small area called
Puna in East Hawaii. (see map below). Our hearts go out to all
the people who recently lost their homes. The flip side of
Meanwhile on the
other side of the massive Big Island; with a 14,000 ft mountain
in-between, we built homes, raised families and lived the Hawaiian
life in Paradise. Life is slow and easy; a rich combination of
busy infrastructure of the mainland U.S. and the laid back ways of
the Pacific Islands or Asia. A perfect combination combined
with perfect weather and it is easy to see what draws people to the
remote chain of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
One of the world's most popular tourist destinations, our kids were
raised here and although moving to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado
for a number of years, they have both been lured back home to the
loving, tropical arms of paradise. Here they are happily
living, enjoying life, living with Nature, working and raising
families. We moved my Mom here 5 years ago from the Midwest
and have been able to visit them any time of the year. This is
our 'vacation from our vacation' and we always love our visits back
to our Island. Being far from family is one of the hardest
parts of being a 'World Nomad'. Coming home provides time to
reconnect and make more great memories together.
We always spend time
with family and friends and take a few adventures around the island.
This month we are sharing photos of scenes around the Big Island, so
named as it takes 12 hours to drive around it. Boasting twenty
one of the planet's 22 climate zones, this island has it all!
Highlights of this
trip were times spent with family, grand children Kayla and Kaimana
and the unique, festive, tropical wedding of son, Kevin, and new
daughter, Laura. A colorful explosion of Aloha it was truly
done Hawaiian style with the warmth of family, friends and
associates showing up to wish the new couple well. It was fun
to be involved in the preparations; from helping find a lovely
estate for the day, finding the perfect dress for Kayla as flower
girl, to even drafting my friend to help make the bridal bouquet and
floral arrangements when the florist unexpectedly flew off at the
last minute, her Dad gravely ill. Everyone pitched in and
helped in their own way and it was a day to remember. Besides
when the food was being served, the wine poured, the band playing we
relaxed and Let Go! My toast to Kevin was a wild tale of when
single Mom and 2 teenagers struck off on a year long adventure around the
world. Ending up in a Bedouin camp in the middle of the
Jordanian Dessert, a nomad inquired whether I wanted to buy a wife
for my son. With my usual mischievous nature I told him
it depended on the price. We bargained hard and loud and when
he wouldn't budge I exclaimed, "Too much!" and stomped away.
In the meantime Kevin, then 13, was standing there cringing and said
disapprovingly, "Don't you ever try buying me a wife again!!"
I promised I wouldn't. And so he went on to find his lovely
Laura years later! And we didn't even have to throw in an
extra camel and 6 goats.
And so it
goes.........................................Next Bali, from one
island to another. Until then
let's remember to deal with the incompatibilities of those around us
“Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.”
Take care and
Thanks for all the emails.
Love, Light &
xoxoox Nancy & Joseph
Dollar = 1 Hawaiian dollar
Exploring the Big Island
for a trip around the Big Island was found listed as
most interesting drives of the world by National
Gives an idea of what the Big Island of Hawaii
has to offer.
Begin in Kailua-Kona
In Kailua-Kona, American missionaries started the first
church in Hawaii in 1820. Today, the Mokuaikaua Church
Alii Dr.; 1 808 329 0655;
rebuilt in 1837 of crushed coral and lava rock, is
still a quiet
sanctuary. Step across the street to the
shaded 1838 Hulihee Palace (75-5718 Alii Dr.; 1
808 329 1877;
now a museum.
Check out the enormous koa wood chair specially
accommodate Princess Ruth, who measured over six feet
tall and weighed over 400 pounds (181 kilograms).
Nearby, along the shore, is the reconstructed Ahuena Heiau
(75-5660 Palani Rd.; 1 808 327 0123;
Heiaus are ceremonial stone structures usually built on a
(as in this case). Using Ahuena as his headquarters,
Kamehameha conquered and unified the Hawaiian Islands in the
century. The surrounding village remained the capital
of all the Hawaiian Islands until 1821. "For some of us, it
still is the capital,"
says Kaleookalani Nakoa, a native
Hawaiian and one of the
official guardians of the heiau.
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Continuing south along the scenic two-laner, you're soon high
above the ocean, fields of bushes and berries indicating that
this is coffee country. For a taste of the plantation lifestyle
established over the past century, pull into the Kona Coffee
Living History Farm just before the village of Captain Cook
(mile marker 110; 1 808 323 2006;
You'll learn not just about locally grown coffee but also sample
the luscious fruits that abound in Hawaii, such as Kona oranges,
passion fruit, and guavas, among others.
A side road leads to Kealakekua Bay, from which you can see a
monument marking the place where British explorer James Cook
stabbed to death by the natives in 1779. This happened just
year after he and his crew became the first Europeans to set
foot on what he dubbed the "Sandwich Islands."
Back on the main road, stop at the mountainside Coffee Shack
(after mile marker 108; 1 808 328 9555;
built on a coffee plantation. Besides Kona coffee, lunch, and
breakfast—try the eggs Benedict—the lanai, or porch, has views
of 26 miles (41 kilometers) of coastline far below.
In the same area, don't miss St. Benedict's, better known as thePainted Church (84-5140 Painted Church Rd., Captain Cook;
his congregants the illusion of being in a European
Belgian priest painted the interior with a simple trompe l'oeil
technique in the early 1900s. Also nearby, look
for the 180-acre
(73-hectare) Puuhonua O Honaunau National
Historical Park, preserving what's left of an ancient Hawaiian
royal residence, a sacred place of refuge, and a heiau. Among
the original arti-facts on the site are petroglyphs and a
Lava Fields and Forests
For the next 40 miles (64 kilometers), the road traverses,
nately, old lava fields and Eden-like forests with
colored bougainvillea and hibiscus along the side
of the road.
Also look for tropical trees like the
pod and ohia trees with feathery red
At Naalehu, stop at the Punalu'u Bake Shop (95-3642
Hwy.; 1 808 929 7343;
famed for Portuguese sweet bread and malasadas
Box up an assortment to eat later in the car.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Soon the Belt Road rises in altitude and lowers in temperature
until reaching Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (1 808 985 6000;
Stop at Kilauea Visitor Center to get maps
and current advice on
how to safely view active lava flows in
the park. A good bet is
a ranger-led hike.
Consider overnighting on the rim of the park's Kilauea Caldera
at the Volcano House (1 Crater Rim Dr.; 1 808 967 7321;
Another lodging, in the town of
Hilo, is the 1899 Shipman House
(131 Kaiulani St.; 1 808 934 8002;
a Victorian mansion where author Jack
London and his wife, Charmian, stayed during their 1907 visit.
North from Hilo, take a turnoff to the old village of Honomu,
whose funky false-front businesses include an antique bottle
shop. Honomu exists mainly because it's on the way to Akaka
Park (1 808 974 6200;
known for its 442-foot (135-meter) falls and lush rain forest
Leave the main highway again at Honokaa to reach the
overlooking the nearly deserted Waipio Valley,
850 feet (250
meter) below. It's one of the premier
panoramas in the state.
Only four-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed to drive down the
steep road to the valley floor and its black-sand beach.
Continuing toward the village of Waimea (also called Kamuela),
along rolling hills of bright green grass, you'll enter ranch
country, marked by billowing mist and lowing Angus cattle.
at the Parker Ranch Museum (67-1435 Mamalahoa Hwy.;
1 808 885
to learn about the
ranch's long history. It was founded by
American sailor John Parker, who arrived in Hawaii in 1809,
worked for King Kamehameha, and eventually bought land.
On the ranch, you can stay in a garden cottage at the historic
Jacaranda Inn (65-1444 Kawaihae Rd.; 1 808 885 8813;
with a sumptuously remodeled ranch
house and bunkhouses. It's a
favorite of astronomers visiting
the observatories atop Mauna
Kea, the island's tallest peak at
13,796 feet (4,205 meters).
For breakfast, try the French toast
made with Portuguese sweet
From Waimea, leave the Belt Road to take the winding Kohala
Mountain Road to Hawi. Hard-hit by the decline of the sugar
industry, Hawi has recently revived. Besides the rustic Bamboo
Restaurant (55-3415 Akoni Pule Hwy.; 1 808 889 5555;
look for Kohala Winds of Change
(55-3435 Akoni Pule Hwy.; 1 808
which imports and sells scores
of organic Chinese teas.
Now head south on the warmer and drier low road, stopping
history lesson at the windswept ruins of the Puukohola
808 882 7218;
In 1791 King
Kamehameha completed his conquest of the Big
Finish Back at the Airport
From here, it's almost a straight shot back to the airport. Side
roads lead to luxury resorts with sandy beaches and green golf
courses. Also watch for signs to petroglyph fields that have
primitive figures—of turtles, fish, and canoes—carved into the
lava flows. They represent the native culture of old Hawaii that
still survives on the Big Island.