An 808 way of life



Sign of the times from Hawaii



Pu’u ‘O’õ – on the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano

pu'o o'oPuʻu ʻŌʻō (pronounced “poo-oo oh-oh”) is a cinder/spatter cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano of the Hawaiian Islands. The photo herein was taken about 25′ very mouth of Pele. Look close enough and you can see Pele’s mouth, nose and eyes. I was lucky to have gotten up close to this spectacle — as it’s illegal to hike near the volcano. “Oh-oh!”

Puʻu ʻŌʻō has been erupting continuously since January 3, 1983, making it the longest-lived rift-zone eruption of the last two centuries. Although the name is often translated as “Hill of the ʻŌʻō Bird” from Hawaiian, there is a different explanation of the Hawaiian appellation. The word ʻŌʻō also means digging stick. Because in Hawaiian legends the volcano goddess Pele uses her magic rod pāoa to create volcanic pits, this seems to be the intention for the naming. The cone was originally informally called “Puʻu O” by volcanologists, who simply assigned letters to vents as they arose during the first part of the eruption.

If you want to get up close – make sure to get a guide who has “been there – done that.” You can only hike in through the dark of night – which makes it even more dangerous. Whew.

The Nuʻuanu Pali lookout watches over the cliffs of the Ko’olau mountains

IMG_3978On Oahu’s Windward coast, the Nuʻuanu Pali lookout watches over the cliffs of the Ko’olau mountains. The Koʻolau Range is a name given to the fragmented remnant of the eastern or windward shield volcano of the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1972, and is truly one of the best viewpoints on Oahu to gaze out across the landscape. The Pali Pass provides panoramic vistas looking out toward Chinaman’s Hat and Kāneʻohe Bay. To clarify, Kāneʻohe Bay is the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands. This reef-dominated embayment constitutes a significant scenic and recreational feature along the windward (northeast) coast of the Island of Oʻahu. The largest population center on Kāneʻohe Bay is the town of Kāneʻohe.

The Pali Pass claimed its spot in Hawaiian hsitory in 1795 when it become the site of a massacre where King Kamehameha defeated the island’s warriors by forcing them off the treacherous cliff top to their deaths. Suggestion: you’ll need a tripod or be able to grip the railing because it can get extremely windy — and consider another layer of clothing because it can be chilly. Aloha.


People – people – people: READ the sign!



Me and Pooter enjoying the moment.



It IS dry. Meaning, it’s sunny and hot.



Bees a-buzzin’ – flowers a bloomin’ – aloha



I’ve said it before – but I’ll say it again – Alohahhhh



Lava cuts quicker than a knife and can be hotter than dammit!



Maui signs of the times.



A little green growing in the lava field.



Maui signs of the times.



Vivid Maui from the lava field hike.


Jojo among the bags.

Hiking back we encountered the 6% grade in reverse. Whew.

Love the address.


Sign of the moment.

Red on red on red and the camera employs red-eye masking!

LAVA Zone Area Closed for Renovations.

Signs of our times.

The koa table we added recently gives new life to the room.

Our new bedroom is coming along nicely; love the koa woodwork.

A pitaya or pitahaya is the fruit of several cactus species, most importantly of the genus Hylocereus (sweet pitayas). These fruits are commonly known as dragon fruit, and they are SUPER YUMMY!

Our new living room is coming to life, don’t you think?

Man of the Sandwich Islands in a mask – value is $3,500 … I have a ‘photo’ copy.

Hawai’i: a huge beach and the tourists group in one spot … in front of my camera.

Hawai’i Nei – smilin’ Jojo strikin’ a pose.

Hawai’i Nei – 00-something in spy mode.

On the North Shore, they might call it winter – but the leaves look summer-like to me.

Monkey madness with Jojo reading his second Michener book.

got Poke?

Hawaiian roadways and the beautiful Norfolk pines.

The lehua blossom represents Hawai’i, the Big Island. Known as ‘ohi’a lehua.

The camera sees the warmth of a Hawaiian sunset.

More flowers near the beach – along the North Shore, O’ahu.

Beautiful flowers on the North Shore – along the greenway.

Lush green and red colors near the shore. North Shore, O’ahu.

Monkey Madness: He reads?

Monkey Madness: Cool and collected.

Monkey Madness: a state of monkey lurking.

October starts off with a celebration – every year. This was a great one! The steak is ahi (yes, that’s a CHUNK of ahi) and sweetie’s dinner was fish of somekind. It was awesome too.

Back home to a “Hawaii state of mind.” Right on.

In spite of all (!) the people, traffic and congestion, Honolulu is still a lovely city; click to enlarge.

Snapshots that Cook missed.

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What you see is what you see. I see Pacific blue and an inviting space to live.

Summer is fading but the beauty of Hawai’i lives on.

The trail goes up and down. Yes, this is a trail – but one that the faint of heart shouldn’t consider.

We typically say, “just one more hour!”

The view is nice. The water is awesome. The mountains are home. And we keep asking ourselves, “why did it take so long to get a boat?!?!”

Small flowers of Hawai’i.

Clear water, blue sky and lots of relaxation. A little aloha near home.

Snacky-snack-snack. Norris Lake is perfect for snacking.

Yes, you can smell these flowers. Put your nose to the screen.

Tellico seems just about right. Right.

Just the flag ma’am, just the flag.

From the water. It’s very nice and warm. If you dive to 6′, it feels great!

Bird brella. Sure.

If all airports were this lovely, we’d fly a little happier.

Plumeria’s looks convey a fraction of its sweet smell.

Thankfully the beach has little pockets in which to hide. Otherwise, a kite board is required.

Monkey madness at the beach. Just hankering for the surf.

Flowers along the way give new meaning to “rest break.”

More trails of Kaua’i. You want to get lost but all trails lead to the Pacific (eventually).

More color of Kaua’i. Mother Nature resides here.

Baby bak-bak. If you were there, you know. “Bak-bak.”

End of an interesting month: Aloha-style.