Monday, January 11, 2010

A Little Piece of Home

Lately I've been feeling a little homesick for Hawaii so I thought I would take a look around and see what's happening on my home island of Oahu. 

These photographs are so great to see!  It looks the same as it did when I lived there and visited this beach several times a week. These are Na Mokulua (the two islands) as seen from Lanikai beach on the windward side of Oahu.  Na Mokulua is a protected bird sanctuary and one of the islets has a black sand beach.

Lilikoi is the word for passion fruit in Hawaiian.  I love lilikoi cottage's soft sweet colors. Lilikoi and guavas grow in abundance in the hills and in people's gardens.  Lilikoi is very tart but it makes wonderful juice!


And I love HollyVision's vibrant colors!  The second image is of a dancing, 'Tutu'.  Tutu in Hawaiian means Grandmother.  In Hawaii, everyone might call an elder Tutu, whether she is their real grandmother or not.  The sense of o'hana or family, is very strong in the islands, all of my friend's children called me 'Aunty' which is also very common.
At local luaus everyone loves it when Tutu gets up to dance.  Sometimes the dance is a beautiful one and sometimes bawdy and fun, either way, it always makes the day.


These gorgeous earrings in red have a pattern that is commonly used in traditional Hawaiian quilts.  These quilts carry a lot of history in them as quilting techniques were introduced to the islands in the early 1800's by the missionaries.  The islanders preferred to use local flora as inspiration rather than the geometric designs commonly used at the time.  To me, they reflect the natural grace and sense of beauty inherent in the Polynesian people.

That was so much fun to take this little excursion through my childhood home and I hope you enjoy these wonderful artists bringing some 'Aloha' to Etsy.
Aloha kakou !!!

1 comment:

  1. What a beatiful, beautiful post! Thanks for sharing a little piece of your world, and your heart!



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