Lava fields to the Waipi'o Valley

Trip Start Dec 07, 2013
Trip End Mar 22, 2014

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Every morning more birds than I've ever heard join a chorus outside our window

I look up at an octagonal wood beamed ceiling in the shape of sunbeams

I feel like I’m in a cocoon surrounded by jungle with big leaves larger than pillows

I draw open the shades and see the lush bigger than life palm fronds lightly glistening from the morning mist and light rain

I open the door and walk on the porch, smell the cool moist air that gently breathes movement to the leaves and dances lightly on my skin

Time has no time

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Today we leave the lava fields and Pele, the Goddess of Hawaii’s volcanoes for the Waipi’o Valley, the end of the road on the rainy northeastern side of the Hawaii.

The landscape becomes more lush and explodes as we enter the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on a narrow winding road along the coast.  It’s a sensory knock out - the explosion of trees, plants and flowers in unbelievable variety, the signs with stories of Hawaiian legends capture my imagination, the aromas of the orchids, the squawks of the parrots and birdsongs of the unseen and the crescendo!  the sound of water from the waterfalls and the crashing incoming ocean waves.  It’s a paradise.

The Cliffhouse at Waipi’o Valley

The view if spectacular.  Geez, it defies description.  No matter what we’re doing, the view is in our peripheral vision – it draws me in, grabs me – We’re both mesmerized. 


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Ellen on

Heartstopping night photos. I loved the W valley...hope you try the horseback riding.

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