Thursday, December 13, 2007

Friday Show and Tell - The Kona Adventure - Part 5

One of the things we love about this island is its diversity. Not the diversity of population, but the diversity of the land. Driving around the island, you quickly change from one topographical type to another in a matter of minutes. In one afternoon, we left the tropical island beauty to the rugged black lava as far as the eye can see.

I call this Hawaiian Graffiti - many people use white rocks on black lava to express their undying love for their current special someone, or a memorial for someone who has died, or a celebration of their graduation. It's kind of a different version of the old water tower. This goes on for miles and miles.

The desolation of these lava fields is intense and immense. There is an occasional pathetic bush attempting to sustain life in its midst.
As the lava ages, it turns brown as more foliage survives and covers it with a bit more life.
Suddenly, the scene changes, and it's as if you'd arrived in Minnesota in the summertime.
There were cattle and horses grazing on the beautiful green grass.
The next bend in the road finds you between forests of trees.
King Kamehameha I (the Great) was honored in his birthplace town, Hawe.
The growth of the beauty from the lava rocks is amazing.
Suddenly, around another curve was the most panoramic beauty imaginable - bluffs, cliffs, ocean below - Pololu Valley Look-Out, with Maui visible in the distance.
We headed back toward Kailua-Kona and on the way decided to check out one of the top 10 beaches in the world - Hapuna Beach (judged by whom, I don't know). Since I was still walking very gingerly, and since I don't own a bathing suit that fits anyway, I spent the time sitting in a beach chair, people-watching, and reading a very good book. One family was having the greatest time together - the little guy arrived in a bathing suit and diaper. Before long he was having a great time in the all-together - for the rest of the day. I took an adorable picture, but decided it might be better not to put it out there in cyberspace. DC had a wonderful time exploring and frolicking in the water - wishing he had a boogy board to take advantage of the waves. We stayed long enough for this:
Good Night!!


Hootin' Anni said...

trips? I think Kelli posted 'no trips' on the show and tell rules....but wait!!!!!---I'm glad you did. I've been to the Hawaiian Islands but never here...I love the 'next curve' with all the flowering shrubs...that is just ONE AWESOME photo. I love the whole album too. And, I'm glad you shared this Dawn. I would never had seen them if you didn't.

Are you there now? What a Christmas bonus that is, huh?

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Dawn,
Wow, what beautiful pictures. The land over there is just so beautiful. Those people must use a lot of socks for the graffiti. It is neat that they do that tho. I never knew Hawaii had cattle and horses. I learn something new everyday. I love the purple shrubs on the side of the road. It is just so beautiful. And the Pololu Valley Look-Out is just breathtaking. Oh my gosh Dawn, what a beautiful Sunset. It is very breathtaking as well. You sure have been getting alot of good Sunset pictures over there. I am just in awe at all the beautiful pictures you have been sharing with us. "THANK YOU" so much for sharing your Hawaiian Trip with us. Well, take care my friend and have a great Friday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Karen H.

ellen b. said...

Gorgeous photos. What a blessing to be able to spend time in Paradise and have family with your. Blessings.

Susie said...

Beautiful photos! I especially love the sun/sea ones :)
Hope you're enjoying every moment in this gorgeous setting.

Kathy b said...

I really enjoyed your post, I even went back and read all your Hawiian posts. My sister was on the big island last week, they had rough weather.
Thanks for sharing warm weather and beach scenes on a cold day.

Dawn said...

Oops! I should have re-read the rules - I forgot we weren't supposed to do trips for Show and Tell. Please forgive me!! said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures with us! I enjoyed them so much! It is suppose to snow here today!! Blessings, Grams

Chrissie said...

Wow! So much beauty! I've missed the last few days, and had to catch up today! So glad you are feeling better, and that you are having a good time. God bless the rest of your trip!

Hootin' Anni said...

Hey Dawn....I would say with this special Show N Tell that it would be a great loss if you didn't share with us....I would have not known. And I thank you for your weekend show n tell. Truly.

I wouldn't worry one iota about this. I loved it. And for me personally I thought it was a great S N T.

Nancy said...

I am just catching up and have enjoyed your vacation shots and information. It is a beautiful spot and lucky you... with the warm weather! Continue to enjoy- keep us posted.

PEA said...

Hello dear Dawn:-) Where's the picture of you in just a grass skirt and lei?? hehe Oh my, such gorgeous pictures you've shared with us again truly is amazing how the landscape changes in every picture until you get to the lush tropical ones!! It's 3F here so you can well imagine how much I'm wishing I was in Hawaii with you right about now! lol xox

Chris said...

Wonderful pictures, love the sunset. God paints beautiful pictures.

groovyoldlady said...

Thanks for packing us along! I especially enjoyed the sunset.

Heather said...

I loved the pictures!!! HI reminds me alot of Okinawa. Have a wonderful trip :)

Angela said...

Thanks so much Dawn for sharing your trip with us. I had to do a little catching up too. I especailly love the sunset and the is truly breath taking!

Have a wonderful time together!

Karen H. said...

Good Evening Dawn,
I am just now trying to get caught up with everyone. It has been a very busy weekend around here. I didn't do a post today, but hopefully I can tomorrow. I have so much to do, but so little time to do it. I went back and re-read about the rocks. LOL. Well, at the time I was commenting, it was 4:41a.m. I don't think I had had my morning coffee just yet. It was a brewing but just wasn't ready. Oh well, I'm sorry I read it wrong. Maybe I need to wait till noon to read and comment. LOL. Hope yall made it home safe and sound. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your adventures from Hawaii. Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Karen H.

Penless Thoughts said...

Thanks for sharing the beauty!!!

Mary said...


I love all of these photos, especially the around the next curve panorama. I have never been to Hawaii, but can see it through your photos. Thanks so much for sharing.

Have a safe trip.

Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years said...

I've never been...thanks for all the wonderful photos, Dawn!