June 6, Good Morning!
Good morning beautiful land of Aloha. Good morning river.
Aloha! and Congratulations! to Camas and Curt on their upcoming nuptials, which is why we’re here in June instead of the usual March or April.
Good morning Spirit House, so nice to see you! I’ll be doing this Good Morning round again no doubt because every day is different and I could have done better with the camera settings.
AND I missed the goddess of all the water features here, the statue Sharon calls Fiona and I like to think of as Hi’iaka, the Hawaiian goddess of water. Maybe towards sunset .. maybe tomorrow.
We spent the day trying to find Sharon a dress to wear to the wedding.
Eye HAVE a dress, oh miracle of miracles. Sharon came with me back in LA to Patagonia where there it was, a dress I didn’t hate. YAY!
The weather has been spectacular because of the trade winds and we’ve not been rained out as is so common on Kauai. It’s still plenty hot, oh yes, but at the moment quite livable.
We had lunch on the patio at one of the higher end shopping opportunities.
I asked the guy if I could watch him make shave ice and here we have it:
1) scoop the ice cream into the bottom of the cup (optional but not really)
2) attach the disk of ice to the machine that has blades that will shave the outside of the disk as it whirls around.
3) help the fluffy ice shavings pile up in the cup
4) pour the syrup and then…
Not too many pictures today but we were busy. We spent many hours of the morning and into the afternoon following Kathy’s instructions. Kathy is making all the decorations for the wedding and we are her faithful minions.
These jars aren’t done yet, no no, there is more. More. The list of individual decorating projects is as long as a tall man’s arm. It’s going to be amazing.
SO many blooms. Look at that Look at that we say All Day Long.
Sharon went grocery shopping and cooked a few dishes that we will enjoy in the coming days. We worked a little more with Kathy. I read Proust, walked across the river, messed around on the computer. We had an overall delightful and easy day.
There was a little of this and that all day but our highlight was Happy Hour at Oasis on the Beach for cocktails and pupus.
We went to one of the beach front hotels and lolled around for a good long while enjoying our cocktails (one Thai Martini (mine, YUM), one Pineapple Passion Martini (Sharon’s, YUM)) and an order of their deeelicious poke bruschetta.
Sharon now has her wedding outfit mostly complete except for a little wrap and I am still missing shoes.
…they’ll get this project moving again. It’s been a couple of years now with no action but they say by next year this time more workmen and more stones from India will have arrived.
From their website which I’ve copied before in other years: “Kaua’i’s Hindu Monastery, founded in 1970 by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), is under the spiritual direction of his successor, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. It is part of the Saiva Siddhanta Church, founded in Sri Lanka in 1949. Its spiritual heritage derives from the Nandinatha Sampradaya, which goes back to 2,200 bce.”
No albatross this year as their season of nesting is past and for some reason I don’t know we didn’t see any of the usual nene that hang out here.
The big one is the ʻIwa, the Great Frigatebird, with a wingspan of 7 ft.
The white ones are the Koaʻeʻkea, the White-tailed Tropicbird, in mating season now and the guy on the top is flying backwards to get the girls’ attention. It’s very amazing to watch.
There are 150 species of the Albezia tree growing in the subtropics and tropics. This one is called the Chinese albizia and is an invasive species in Hawaii. It’s a rapid colonizer and tends to shed large branches, damaging power lines, houses, and other infrastructure.
But look how gorgeous. This is our first chance to see them all, of which there are so very many, fully in bloom. They’re gorgeous just as they are but these few weeks they are splendid.
We went on a garden tour we had never been to before. If another garden turns up that we have not seen I’ll be amazed.
This place is called Princeville Botanical Garden and is very much a Mom and Pop operation. Their claim to fame is chocolate production which they do entirely by hand from the 50 or so cacao trees on the property.
They’ve also done a lot of landscaping with botanical specimens to round out the tour.
Then we spent a couple of hours and ate a picnic lunch at Anini Beach. We love Anini Beach. There’s beach on the other side of the rocks and beach all along the crescent bay formed by the largest coral reef in Hawaii. I just read that Anini used to be called Wanini but the ‘w’ fell off the sign and instead of fixing the sign they renamed the beach. Sounds apocryphal, but maybe.
It was beautifully not too hot, the clouds were stunning, but the wind was so strong I didn’t take a picture and I didn’t go in the water.
This shot is from another year but no matter because it’s always like this.
We’re deep into another craft project for the wedding. This one is going to be the party favor.
First we undid the 100+ green boxes and secured the lids so as to be sure that the lid would go back on.
We opened the plastic bags and put them in the boxes.
Next came the distribution of very special and very sticky pink salt, that you can’t even buy, given to the bride from the owners of the Hanapepe Salt Flats in Kauai. We had to leave the bags open to be sure we would evenly distribute the salt which turned out to be about two tablespoons in each.
Once all the salt was distributed we closed (get out all the air please) and carefully folded the bags to look nice in the box.
We still need to get the write-up of the story of the salt printed out, to fold and place inside the box, then close the box, then tie it like a gift with a bow of raffia.
What we have done with the jars, the napkin rings, and these boxes represents 2% of the craft projects that will be on display at this wedding. Pictures will be forthcoming.
Kenny brought and cooked amazing fresh fish pulled from the sea this very day. He also stole those orchids from his next door neighbor’s yard and gave them to ME! Yay Kenny. Kathy was busy being the decorations maven for the wedding and even she was impressed with Kenny’s contribution.
Idaho Sharon brought the plumeria behind my ear that she stole from Kenny’s yard and wrote the sweetest note.
Sharon made it all happen, she cooked food and ordered the cake (with my name on it) and provided the venue and made sure there was plenty of beverages of course, and I am grateful.
(I took that picture of myself…oh technology.)
More of the craft projects.
Notice the posts, covered in burlap, tied with a bow, and orchids tucked in. For several days the field to the left was full of cows. We wanted to put leis on them, and bows on their tails, but the owner moved them to another field.
On the lower left are the table assignments, hand made (on Both sides) by Kathy of course. We were having quite a windstorm up there and the occasional downpour but once this end got its covering up all was well.
On the lower right are (hand made by Kathy of course) little baskets covered in ribbons, flowers, and beads, to hold the plumeria flowers for tossing on the bride and groom after the ceremony. Kathy made one display with pictures of Curt and the other display with pictures of Camas.
The table, need I add all Kathy all the time.
Notice the table number, the placemats, two napkins, and napkin rings, the runner, and you can’t see the bows at the ends of the runner.
Kathy has been collecting champagne bottles for half a year (a challenge to drink all that champagne but she was up to it) so she could use them for water, and she made the water signs lest you think otherwise.
We have short candles and tall candles, three or four different kinds of small flower vases, two different kinds of tall flower vases.
The little green boxes contain the salt packages that Sharon and I were working on, and we added a note from the bride and groom, and tied those pretty bows.
Overhead we have the lanterns with electric tea lights.
This is the officiant who from what I could tell conducted an entirely Hawaiian ceremony. There were probably parts left out, I wouldn’t know, but all the rituals were new to me.
There was handwashing with water the couple had collected from the river and from the sea symbolizing continuously fresh life and most importantly, forgiveness.
The officiant opened a coconut, they spilled some on the ground and drank some together symbolizing nourishment from the earth and from each other.
…made by Kathy.
Following is the text from the note inside the little green box with the salt:
“It is with full hearts and much aloha for our ever growing ohana, we humbly thank you for joining us today in the celebration of our blessed union. In that same spirit that you share your love with us, we share this small gift of Pa’akai and the blessings it bestows.
“From the sea that surrounds us and gives us life, to the ancient salt pans of Hanapepe, this salt was made with loving hands according to the tradition of our ancestors in that special place. It is given freely from family to friend and onward from friend to family and today, we pass it on to share with you!
“Mahalo nui loa, Curt and Camas”