Stuck in nowhere land

11 06 2019

Airports aren’t really anywhere, and neither are airplanes. I am on a journey from Honolulu to New York City, and at the moment I am on the second floor at an airport magazine kiosk and just picked out the dried mango and almonds from a package of trail mix for breakfast, downing the morsels with a cranberry drink.

I’ve just realized I will be in nowhere land at the San Jose, California, airport for about 12 hours. I arrived at this town last night and was told the temperature reached 108 degrees. This morning I had the bright idea of leaving the Motel 6 (by the way, a clean and adequate overnight accommodation for a single traveler) while it was cooler, for the airport. I envisioned hanging out at an air conditioned frequent flyer lounge, sit-down restaurants, and expensive gift shops.

San Jose Airport, it turns out, at least in the terminal I’m in, has only one lounge, and it is at gate such-and-such, but no matter. I cannot get to any gate without going through TSA security, and to do that one needs a boarding pass that I won’t have until 7 p.m. when I meet up with my group—a high school choir for which I have signed on as a chaperone. Had I been thinking, I would have cancelled the airport taxi and gone to the Denny’s across the motel parking lot for a better meal.

But, a silver lining! I see a grand piano yonder, between the elevator and the escalator. I think I’ll saunter over to play some tunes. Yes, yes, someone left a music collection of Chopin waltzes. I am never lonely when I play piano.

Tomorrow morning our group will land in The Big Apple, and the real adventure will begin.

~ Rebekah

 





Flowers of Huamalani road

9 06 2019

On my walk this morning around the block I saw these beautiful blossoms on Huamalani road. It’s Spring into Summertime!

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Lily

Morning glory

 

Hibiscus

Lily

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Palm

Hibiscus

Heliconia

Shell ginger

Plumeria

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Hibiscus

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Bird of Paradise

Ixora

Oops, this is Willy the peacock. He’s not a flower, but he thinks he is!





Congratulations to the Class of 2019

26 05 2019

Across America families are celebrating the graduation of young people from schools and colleges. Commencement ceremonies for The Kamehameha Schools take place today, and my friends the parents of Punia Sonoda-Pale wisely selected last night to throw him a party. This is how it’s done in Hawaii!

One of the nice touches were the lighted table centerpieces handcrafted by Punia’s family and friends. So clever and creative! Here is the graduate decorated with flower lei.

Punia Sonoda-Pale

I mua! Go forth!





Morning sky

21 05 2019

Looking toward the left from my balcony

Waking up to this sky over Makaua in the district of Koʻolauloa on the island of Oʻahu.

Looking toward the my right

 





Mothers Day 2019–I kept my commitment

12 05 2019

 

When the pool is filled and the fountain spurts high, Thomas Square is even more of an oasis in mid-Honolulu.

Mothers Day 2019. I kept my commitment to serve the homeless and needy in Honolulu today. The venue was Thomas Square (photos below).

My friend’s hobby is to cook and serve a delicious buffet meal to the homeless on a fairly regular basis for free. Today she added a free store. The recipe ingredients and pre-owned store inventory are largely donated. She has a handful of helpers who pack, drive, unload, unpack, set up tents and tables, serve, and break down from about 9 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. It’s rough work. The venue might change from time to time, but her regulars find her by word-of mouth. 

In the morning Thomas Square is neat and tidy; public restrooms are clean, thanks to a dedicated City & County crew. However, the park that is one square city block and planted with mature banyan trees around a circular fountain gets a little trashed during the day, I noticed, and it looks like it’s a growing hangout for folks looking for a place to sleep at night. Before, it was refreshing to see the pool with water in it and the fountain operating. Today it was dry.

“Customers” waited patiently for the food and store to be set up and then were grateful, mostly, to fill their bowls and plates. Some looked disheveled. Some were very tired. Hot soup, several kinds of salads, a meat-and-rice dish, Greek dolmas, macaroni and cheese (Gouda with bacon!), yogurt, corn dogs, chips, cold tea and water—are you hungry yet?

For me, it was a rough day in terms of interacting with this particular public. It is not in my repertoire. I returned home to read that the homeless people in Chinatown made the front page of the daily newspaper again.

It’s too bad. I think I can do this only about once a year. God’s blessings to my friend and her regular team.

Thomas Square’s refreshing-looking lawn

Mature banyan trees

Shady spot

Old sign

Fascinating aerial roots

Thomas Square, with dry pool and fountain in the foreground





Today’s menagerie

9 05 2019

These four creatures have names and depend on the people for food, so I guess they are ours: Massimo, JJ, The Fat Dove, and Willy the Peacock.





Foster Garden Plant Sale

27 04 2019

By the time I post this, the Annual Foster Garden Plant Sale will be over, but you can make a note of it for next year. It has been a long time since we came to this event, and I suggested it might be a good place to look for hanging baskets to decorate the newly covered deck outside.

We came away with some tillandsia and and many photos.

First I had to pay homage to the baobab tree (center). It’s the one Le Petit Prince hated because of all the leaves he had to rake up.

Tillandsia

Bedding plants

The open bulbs trap insects, perhaps!

Groot

Hibiscus varieties. Wow!

Lime puff

Love the color

Vanda orchid


According to Wikipedia, Foster Botanical Garden, measuring 13.5 acres (5.5 ha), is one of five public botanical gardenson Oahu. It is located at 50 North Vineyard Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, near Chinatown at the intersection of Nu’uanu Avenue and Vineyard Boulevard. Foster is in a highly urban area with strip malls, schools, and both Buddhist and Methodist religious facilities nearby.

No need to wait for next year’s plant sale. You can stop in for a visit to the rest of the garden anytime!








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