It’s summertime here in the South, and the weather puts one in mind of the tropics; the steamy humidity, warm summer sun combine to promise that you’ll need another shower as soon as you dare to step foot outside. Many years ago (2006), I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Big Island of Kona, Hawaii for a couple of weeks. You hear stories, of course, of the beauty, but nothing compares to the reality. It truly is a tropical paradise. The native people are very eco-conscious and generally helpful, friendly people. They have a deep respect for the Earth and their simple ways of life were incredibly appealing to me. It’s terribly expensive to live there, since the economy is tourist-driven, but if I ever had the money, this is where I would retire and happily spend the rest of my life.

I got to snorkel with Green Sea Turtles…

Swimming with sea turtles, Kona, HI, 2006
Swimming with sea turtles, Kona, HI, 2006

and see plenty of Yellow Tangs and Needle-nosed Knifefish (which floated right below the surface of the water in schools) — Both are types of reef fish.

Yellow Tangs and Butterfly Fish on the reef, Kona, HI, 2006
Yellow Tangs and Butterfly Fish on the reef, Kona, HI, 2006

 

 

Needle-nosed Knife Fish
Needle-nosed Knife Fish

I also got to see some amazing waterfalls (although it was raining like a monsoon when I went to see them) This is Akaka Falls…

Akaka Falls, Kona, HI 2006
Akaka Falls, Kona, HI 2006

One of my favorite pictures from the trip is from Pololu Valley. You could see the mountains, the coast and the rainforest vegetation all in one shot…

Pololu Valley, Kona, HI, 2006
Pololu Valley, Kona, HI, 2006

There were some wonderful examples of island art, from hammered tin gates…

Fantastic Hammered Tin Gate on Ali'i Drive
Fantastic Hammered Tin Gate on Ali’i Drive

to the carved, wooden Ki’i statues in various places all over the island. These statues are usually meant as guardians to protect and watch over certain sites. This one is from “Place of Refuge”…

One of the Ki'i (Wooden guardians) At Place of Refuge
One of the Ki’i (Wooden guardians) At Place of Refuge

To my great delight, there were even dragons!

Between Two Dragons at the Hilton

And Buddha was there, too!

Buddha and Me

It was such an inspiring trip, I couldn’t help but write a poem to help me remember the experience. If you ever have the chance, I hope you will go! It was an enriching journey for the artistic spirit and the soul of anyone who appreciates nature. 🙂

~ Kona ~


 

Muted moonbeams drift through vaporous clouds,

While gecko songs mesh with the soft click of palms.

Awash in the gentle susurration of waves’ persuasion,

The island breezes encourage me to let go…relax.

No pressure here, no hustle and hurry,

No scamper and scurry,

On “island time”.

Simply hang loose and flow.

The scent of exotic, tropical orchids,

Mixed with the lush green of giant, verdant ferns.

The bright flicker of numerous birds in the brush,

Calls from long-forgotten conchs and steady drums…

All convince me that I,

Have finally found my way home,

To Eden.

~ C.L.R. ~ © 2006

((Someday, I’ll get back there and once more find that kind of peace and serenity.))

effecd1bf289d498b5944e37d8f4ee6fAbout dragonkatet Regarding the blog name, Dragon’s Dreams ~ The name comes from my love-affairs with both Dragons and Dreams (capital Ds). It’s another extension of who I am, a facet for expression; a place and way to reach other like-minded, creative individuals. I post a lot of poetry and images that fascinate or move me, because that’s my favorite way to view the world. I post about things important to me and the world in which we live, try to champion extra important political, societal and environmental issues, etc. Sometimes I wax philosophical, because it’s also a place where I always seem to learn about myself, too, by interacting with some of the brightest minds, souls and hearts out there. It’s all about ‘connection(s)’ and I don’t mean “net-working” with people for personal gain, but rather, the expansion of the 4 L’s: Light, Love, Laughter, Learning.

12 thoughts on “Tropical thoughts

  1. Oh, Victoria, I DID get a pretty bad sunburn, and managed to slice my leg on some coral and didn’t even realize it until I got out. I didn’t even feel it while I was in the water. I can only imagine how exciting it was to be there when it first became a state! I bet it was super lush and a lot more exotic back then before all the tourists. I loved the local people. They were so in touch with the land and so nice. 🙂 I hope you’re able to go back again sometime!

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  2. Slp, I can imagine that SoCal is probably one of the closest places we have state-side to Hawaii, as far as perfect temps and palm trees, beaches, surf and sun. I wish it weren’t so expensive to live in Hawaii, but then, everyone would be there and it wouldn’t stay much of a paradise very long. Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

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  3. Thanks, scilla. 🙂 You probably wouldn’t recognize it now. It’s quite ‘touristy’ in many places on the island, although we did find some out of the way, local culture to enjoy. We walked some of the lava tubes, and while I never saw a bird of paradise, I did manage to catch a glimpse of some wild boars! It really is amazing.

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  4. And while you were snorkeling did you get the worst-ever sunburn on your back? My first visit to Hawaii was when I was a teen–my aunt and uncle took us. It was in 1959–we were there when it became a State. What an experience.

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  5. Ah..visited there last year…saw many of the sites you posted…would retire there too…but as you note…very expensive place to live…oh well…SoCal’s not that bad. 🙂

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  6. I’ve not been, but Hawaii does indeed sound paradisal. What a lovely vacation and delightful photographs and poem, Corina. Enjoyed much. The poem really brings home the peace and the sense of the exotic. 🙂

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  7. I haven’t visited Hawaii since 1972…I shudder to think how much more populated, developed and touristy it’s become. Still, the awe of actually seeing paradise with my own eyes still lingers in my dreams. I have shot down lava slides and witnessed birds of paradise roosting. What an amazing world!

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