Saturday, April 20, 2013

Orchids -- in progress

Orchids by megan_n_smith_99
Orchids, a photo by megan_n_smith_99 on Flickr.
I have been home for a week now and am settling in. I actually had not done any watercolor in a couple of months - I have been doing pen & ink and beadwork. I've been wanting to get back to it. I actually felt pretty nervous going into it, but I am getting into the flow - so to speak. This painting is not done yet, some details are still to be refined, but I am happy with it so far.

For my own reference, this is a list of various places we visited in Hawai'i:

*Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, the temple built by Kamehameha.
From Wikipedia "Puʻukoholā Heiau meaning "Temple on the Hill of the Whale" was the result, probably on the site of an older temple from about 1580.[5] It was built entirely by hand with no mortar, in less than a year. The red stones were transported by a human chain about 14 miles long, from Pololū Valley to the East. Construction was supervised by Kamehameha's brother Keliʻimaikaʻi, involving thousands of people."

* Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, place of refuge. From Wikipedia: "the historical park preserves the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a kapu (one of the ancient laws) could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge or puʻuhonua."

It was easy to see why this was a place of refuge. It was one of the most beautiful places we visited --pristine white sand, beautiful trees, and just a feeling of peace.

* Punaluʻu Beach / Black Sand Beach
The sand at this beach is black - composed of broken down basalt from lava flows. It was exciting to see turtles on this beach. The ones we saw were honu - green turtles.

* Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park -- there is lots to see here, we visited the Kīlauea caldera and Thurston Lava Tube.

*Ahalanui Park, Pahoa - "This spring fed pool is part natural and part man-made. It is also volcanically heated to a balmy 90 degrees"
It was quite novel for me to swim in warm salt water with beautiful tropical fish.

*Banyan Drive, "the "Hilo Walk of Fame" for the banyan trees planted by celebrities. These trees have withstood several tsunamis that have devastated the town on the Big Island of Hawaii."  I loved the enormous and majestic trees.

*Rainbow Falls, Hilo --80' tall! I need to paint some waterfalls. "Known in the Hawaiian language as Waiānuenue (literally "rainbow water"),[1] the falls flows over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess."

* Hawi, Hawai'i. We spent one night in Hawi, and drove up to the Pololu Valley Lookout in the morning. Absolutely beautiful!

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