Friday, April 27, 2012

This and That

It has been an interesting four months that we have been on the island of Hawaii, aka "The Big Island".  We have learned the nuances of a different culture, dealing with a whole different set of insects, adjusting to a different climate - which was not difficult - discovering and enjoying all the different culinary choices that are available here.  But what I really want to do at this time is again share some pictures of what we have been able to enjoy and see most days.

Rio Grande Turkey
  Turkeys are abundant on the island. There is a golf course just a mile and a half from our house (surprise, surprise) where turkeys and peacocks are thick, and wild pigs are a nuisance.  Haven't been able to take a picture of a pig yet as they seem to run around at night.  Residences on the island in some areas have had to resort to fences and lava rock walls to keep out the wild pigs, sheep and goats. 

We were at a free Hawaiian music concert at the Waikoloa Beach Resort and there were around 200 people in attendance.  This Heron was sitting on the wall of a fish pond right next to where the musicians  were playing, surrounded by people, yet his focus remained on the gold fish and koi that were swimming in the pond.  I wish I could stay focused that well.

This Cardinal shows up every morning and some afternoons and squawks at Jeri if the bird feeder is empty.  The problem is if we fill it, 50 to 75 various and sundry birds show up, fighting to get their fill, and they can empty it in about a half a day. 

We saw this vehicle outside of a restaurant called Jackie Ray's and it belongs to the restaurant owner.  It is a Mercedes Benz and he drives it around town. 

I saw this pick-up while at a yard sale. It has obviously spent most of it's time on the East side on the Island, probably in the Hilo area where they receive over 140 inches of rain a year.  I would imagine that if the owner hits a chuck hole body parts will separate from the frame.  Not much holding this truck together. 
You see all kinds of people and attire at events held virtually every weekend somewhere on the island.  Couldn't resist snapping this one!  She was one happy camper.

Not sure but I think this is the Hawaiian version of the Boogy man.  We were at a Hawaiian cultural event that was free, no vendors, just lots of local artisans showing how things were made in ancient times.  Very informative and nobody was trying to sell you stuff.  People were demonstrating hat weaving, cloth making from plants, how to make a nose flute and lots of other items.  Jeri participated in the nose flute construction and she got to keep hers.  Yes, a nose flute is played by blowing air from your nose across the hole in the flute and is made out of bamboo.  I saw an eight or nine year old boy play one of those things and he was really really good. 

They are big on gourds over here and they have some beautiful art work on them. 
A couple of weeks ago we went to an Earth and Ocean event where they had booths and demonstrations about the Island, Ocean and some of the bays and beaches in the area.  Entertainment was provided by a Jr. High School Group that all played the ukulele.  They were all good but this kid in the center of this photo was knock out talented.  It was amazing to hear the music that he could produce from a four string ukulele.  He was as good as most professionals.  Hula dances were provided by the girls.

Hibiscus, Hawaii state flower

Spider Lilly

Can't tell you what this is but it is pretty.
Red Bougainvillea
Purple Bougainvillea
This is a Wiliwili (Weelee weelee) tree discovered on my sister and brother-in-laws place.  When they purchased the property it was obscured by other trees.  Once they found out what it was they had the other trees removed and a path way built during their landscaping adventure.   This picture was taken in early April and it is just leafing out.  It will produce flowers in May.  Neither of us will be there this year to enjoy it. There aren't many of these around and so it is special if you happen to own one.

  Wiliwili means "repeatedly twisted" in the Hawaiian language and refers to the seedpods, which twist open to reveal the seeds.
Native Hawaiians made a number of items from wiliwili wood because of its low density, such as mouo (fishing net floats), ama (outrigger canoe floats,[9] and extremely long papa heʻe nalu (surfboards) called olo. Olo, which averaged 18 feet (5.5 m), were exclusively ridden by aliʻi (royalty).[10] The wood was sometimes used for the waʻa (hull) of outrigger canoes intended to be used near-shore, for recreation, or for training.[11] The shiny orange-red seeds were strung into lei.  (courtesy of Wikipidia)