Reprise: Makapuʻu to Waikīkī

16 10 2018

Friends visiting Oʻahu for the first time provide an opportunity for residents to play host as well as tourist. An obligatory activity is a drive around the island. DH and I welcomed the chance last week to go sightseeing, as we had not made the drive ourselves in a long time.

Frank came to visit Pearl Harbor, and Sue Ann was excited to make beautiful photographs. Our first excursion together, however, was around Makapu’u Point—going clockwise if looking at a map—in the direction opposite from the more typical one starting in popular Waikīkī. Our friends are staying on the Windward, or East, side of the island.

So we started in Kāneʻohe, with gorgeous views of the bay, went through Kailua along Kalaheo avenue, into Lanikai and Enchanted Lakes. We exited onto Kalanianaʻole highway that took us through Waimānalo to Makapuʻu beach and lookout. There, we got busy with our cameras.

From here I’ll let my photos below continue this travelog, already posted on Facebook. Thanks for coming along! ~ Rebekah 

Manānā a.k.a. Rabbit Island

Makapuʻu Pt. Lighthouse

Sands of Makapuʻu beach

Improved lookout area at Makapuʻu

The guys—high school classmates in Springfield, Pennsylvania

Naupaka

Coastal plants are low growing

The small yellow-orange flower is ilima

Morning glory

Fishing spot

Pōhuehue

Sandy Beach is its proper name, named for the sand, not a person. 🙂

Sandy Beach, popular with body surfers

Bicycles mean we’re getting closer to Honolulu

The island of Molokaʻi across the channel

Promenade at the old Queen’s Surf site, looking at Waikīkī

The famous Royal Hawaiian Hotel, a pink palace surrounded by highrises

Testing the water of the Pacific Ocean

Canopy of monkey pod trees bordering Honolulu Zoo

Back to the Windward side. “Where I live there are rainbows…”— song lyrics

Copyright 2018 Rebekah Luke

 





Volcano series

19 06 2018

‘ŌHIʻA LEHUA diptych
24″ x 12″ Hand-dyed Tissue Paper Collage
Volcano Series NFS

Fascinated, rather, mesmerized by the Kilauea volcano eruption at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on Hawai‘i island, during the past month, I have embarked on a fine art project goal to collage a series of diptychs for exhibition in January 2019. I started at the end — the ‘Ōhiʻa Lehua flower that is one of the first plants to naturally emerge and grow out of a fresh lava field.

I am reserving all the collages for the exhibit, and, therefore, they are not for purchase until that time.  Please click on the PAINTINGS menu tab to see more!

~ Rebekah





The longest beach in North America

4 06 2018



I just returned home from a holiday with friends in Long Beach, Washington, located on reportedly the longest beach in North America. The beach is also very wide and hard enough to drive a car on, unlike the beaches of Oahu. From the house we rented it was perhaps a city block away along a sandy trail through trees and grasses. We went there at least two times a day.







Lava

18 05 2018

Aloha Studio Fans and Lava Junkies!

You all are following the current volcanic event at Kilauea on the island of Hawaii, right? Right?! It is the longest eruption there since 1924! Here is my recommended link to an awesome 24-minute video by the USGS geologists at Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory. “Kilauea Summit Eruption: Lava Returns to Halema‘uma‘u” is a calm and scientific explanation of the eruption. Let me know how you like it.

https://youtu.be/gNoJv5Vkumk

I, for one, am so very inspired by our Earth’s creation of new land. Gonna make art now!

— Rebekah





The lei on display at Kapiolani Park

1 05 2018

HONOLULU—Every May 1st floral designers make lei for the Hawaiian Lei Contest sponsored by the City at Kapiolani Park. A horticulturist identifies the plant elements in the lei upon entry, and then organizers line up the creations near the parking lot between the park Bandstand and the Waikiki Shell.

The display opens to the public to view with the untying of a ti leaf lei around 12:30 p.m. after the Royal May Day Court sees it first.

Today I was first in line along with Evelyn who I just met. We are both lei makers, too. Although we did not enter anything, we came for ideas! Check out my images. You can practically smell the flowers, can’t you? The lei in the last photo in the series took the Mayor’s Grand Prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor’s Grand Prize is awarded to Melvin T. Labra for his wili style lei of ‘ohai ali‘i, palapalai, and kukunaokala.

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii!

~Rebekah





Pot O’ Orchids show

25 03 2018

(photo by Peter Krape)

On the last day of the Windward Orchid Society’s Spring Orchid Show in Kaneohe, Oahu, you can sometimes find plants marked down. I got a deal, said the seller, when I picked up four in a box — three blooming phalaenopsis plants and one dendrobium all for $35. The cashier concurred, “You got a deal!”

I love their names: Phal. Showpiece (yellowish flowers on the left), Phal. Magic Art (the lavender one), and the dendrobium B2495 D.Maradona Pearl.

The Show is held in the Kaneohe Amory/King Intermediate School Gym. Various orchid society clubs mount competitive displays, vying for awards and trophies of turned-wood and handmade ceramic bowls; those are on center court. Around the perimeter are the sales tables. If you see something you like in the exhibits, you can look to buy one from a grower. The bromeliad and succulent societies share the floor, too.

Lectures and how-to workshops are offered in one corner. When you get hungry you may check out the snack bar.

I hope these images that caught my eye will give you the county-fair flavor of the event.

V. Tharab Blue by Walter Hiraishi wins Best Blue Vandaceous award

Den. Waianae Profusion by Cristin Wong wins Best in Show, Governor’s Trophy, and Best Flowering Specimen Plant Award

Big-bowl trophies

Best of Cattleya Other Color Award goes to Rth. Carolina Golden D’or ‘Lenette #2’ by Scot and Karen Mitamura

Cattleya

Phal. Circus by grower Kumano

Pam Waki’s Best White Phalaenopsis in Show is Phal. Chainport Whiteyuki ‘Pam’ AM/HOS

Best Species in Show is this Den. smilliae, that also was declared Most Unusual Orchid. By H & R Nurseries. Whole plant pictured below.

Best Display in Show by Ewa Orchid Society

Best of Miniature Species: Den. tanii. By H & R Nurseries

This topiary of a dog covered in succulents was the cutest. In honor of the Year of the Dog.

Huge American and Hawaiian national flags

Snack bar menu board





Ultra art in downtown Honolulu

7 03 2018

The second floor lobby at Pauahi Tower in Honolulu, at 1003 Bishop Street, is home until August 3 for a selection of original fine art by local artists.

The location is convenient for downtown office workers who might walk over during lunch hour for some quiet visual meditation.

The lobby with its high ceilings and window walls lends itself to large pieces. Consider that my “large” contribution of “Royal Archival Banyan” in oil is hanging in a beautiful koa display case.

Display case features both two- and three-dimensional works.

Glass case containing 2D and 3D art reflects high-rise downtown parking garage for a fourth dimension.

Unusual art that caught my eye were a collage by David Friedman, and three smaller pieces: a fish and a couple of decorated fishing floats.

Collage art by David Friedman

Spheres, one a former fishing float.

Fish

Windward Artists Guild and Wendy Roberts organized the exhibit entitled Ultra Exhibit I. Katherine Love was the curator.

For information about purchasing any of the art, please email Wendy Roberts at wag@windwardartistsguild.org

If you go: Alii Place parking garage has reasonable fees. Enter from the right hand lane of Alakea street between King and Hotel streets. Pauahi Tower is one block from Alakea on Bishop street.

—RL








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