Thursday, November 22, 2012

Lovin the vida Hilo!

I just got on to do a Thanksgiving post and realized I never finished our Hilo trip post from last month!!
It still isn't finished but I figured I'd post what I have at least:

One of the perks of our job is that sometimes their are off island job sites and if they need you, they pay your air and hotel to come out and work! We had a health center on the Big Island that we were doing and install on and Richard and I got to fly out! Our flight left at 5:59AM Friday morning. It was a little rough but it was all OK once they gave us Mango Passion Fruit Orange juice and we got to watch the sun rise :)

And there is the Big Island:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the big island! The first opportunity we get to move out there we are going! It is so much more rural! Tons of open spaces. We enjoyed having a bit of a climate change between the different elevations too. (There was even snow up on the tops of some of the mountains!) Basically it felt like some one had taken Northern California, made it into and Island, and stuck it in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. 

The first two days we spent working.... HARD! My body still aches just thinking about it! It was fun though and a great opportunity to help me understand the process so I can design better and also get in with the crew. 
I do feel like the entire state of Hawaii is trying to fatten us up! Whenever anyone realizes we are new they ask us if we have tried eating some new and exciting food. If we haven't then they go way out of their way to find some for you to try and it is never just a bite ... usually it is a HUGE plate full! Even with 2 full days of physical labor, after eating with the crew for the weekend we both had put on several pounds!

Well we had put in our two days of work and it was Saturday night. We walked over to Ponds 
An adorable little restaurant on the edge of a brackish pond
(to be continued some day when I have time)
until then enjoy the pictures from the following day's adventure:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sneak Peak Post

Just uploaded the pictures from this weekends adventure and I had to share this one:

A real post about the trip will follow soon :)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pali Highway

Pali Hwy connects North Honolulu to the Windward(east) side of the island. It is a very nice drive and the few times we have taken it we have seen people parked at what seem to be trail heads. Today we decided to check one of them out:

 There was a fork in the trail. You can take the one to the left to go another 9 miles! WOW!

We went right and should have connected with Old Pali Rd, but there were lots of mosquitoes and we had forgotten bug spray so we didn't make it there. The little bit we saw was stunning though, so we will be back!

I love that it is late October and there are still hundreds of flowers in bloom.

 Little snippet view of Kailua:

 Lots of these pretty purple flowers mixed throughout the greenery... Even with my guide books and the internet at my disposal the diversity of plant life here is so overwhelmingly vast that identification feels next to impossible.
So I will simply call this one a pretty purple flower:

This one I recognized from my Mom's gardens back home... It is an Impatiens right?
So cool to see it growing wild!

 Several parts of these hikes reminded us of Redwood hikes (minus the Redwoods)

We stopped by the Botanical Gardens who just happened to be having a Windward Guild of Artists art show! There were so many beautiful paintings!
I know you really aren't supposed to take pictures, but no one else was there and I just had to show you guys this one: 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Vog + KoOlina+ Sunset=

sorry the are all so grainy I only had my phone with me.