Does Hawaii Have a Winter?

246772_2038314394142_3246539_nWith my raincoat and rain boots I was one happy kid on a winter day. The above house where I lived as a young girl in Daly City California was usually shrouded in fog. On a winter’s day which seemed to be all year-long I would dash out the door on my way to General Pershing Elementary and immediately jump into the gutter where the water was over flowing the curb.

I was a smart kid because I knew that the water would go into my boots and soak my socks and shoes. Why was that smart you may ask? I hated school and I knew that the teacher would see how wet I was and therefore sit me in the hallway on a bench with a heater under it.

Smiling, I would sit and miss a good hour of class. That was my winter in California.

IMAG0055This is my winter where I live in Hawaii. signs of winter? Well you can see there are not too many people on the beach in Waikiki. Who in their right mind would want to swim in 68 degree temperatures? You’ll notice that most of the people still have tee shirts over their bathing suits.Of course it is still early morning.

IMG_3104No leaves on the plumeria is a sure sign of winter. Oh, and you will notice there are gray skies above. But the plumeria seems to be the only tree that looses its leaves this time of year. Remember in Hawaii it’s a jungle out there.

DSCN0725Then there is this wall of orange flowers that has bloomed in the late fall. Pretty apropos since Halloween is just around the corner when you see this in bloom.

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How did the ancient Hawaiians recognize winter? It was during this time that the Makahiki season began. The above symbol for the god Lono would be carried around the island and offerings were collected. When this was finished the official season would begin.

The Hawaiians knew this season by the rising of the constellation Makalii or Pleiades and they would put away all intentions of war and would play games. Games that would demonstrate ones skills such as throwing spears, or slings among other things. These would sharpen their ability to fight during a war.

Of course this being winter, the ocean would be to rough to paddle canoes to carry warriors to battle so this all made sense.

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Navigating the long lines headed out to the North Shore  I see many signs of winter. Someone must have piled their stones to ask for big surf or maybe their work of art. In ancient times it was not unusual to see pohaku ( stones) piled or placed around a dwelling as the Hawaiians believed that stones could have mana or power.

DSCN2269But a dead sure sign of winter is this sign. I never get tired of looking at the waves. They are magnificent. Unfortunately I did not have my good camera with me and did not get any shots. I was having trouble looking into the viewer on my pocket camera and was lucky I even got these shots. Lessen here is never leave home without my Cannon.

DSCN2280                                    50 foot waves and higher are the surest signs of winter and that brings out all the surfers…..

1044422_10203000667967669_41725385_n                                     Gotta catch that wave.

DSCN2272                                                                                           and sightseers.

So you see, we do have winter in Hawaii. Ah it’s a bitter season but someone has to endure it. Never need my rain coat and boots anymore. Even if I had them it is too hot to use those rainy day items. What can I say. Lucky I live Hawaii.

Off to Wailua Fresh and Haleiwa Beach. Just another beautiful day in Hawaii

It was a good morning to drive out to Wailua and Haleiwa. Though it is the dead of winter here in Hawaii, it is quite sunny and warm. So Nico and I, his best friend John Mark and his mother headed out to Wailua Fresh.

After picking up some wonderful freshly grown, GMO free vegetables and fruit we headed out on an adventure. We had been told about a monastery that was way in the back of the Waianae mountain range. The kicker was we would have to drive through the rumored Monsanto fields. Or better known as the Frankenseed industry. So we headed out.

According to the directions we were given, this must have been the Monsanto  fields. The road was very rocky so it took us quite a time to get up to the next set of gates. But where was the gate leading to the monastery? We were told to stop at the gates and wait. A monk would come out and show us around.

The only thing we saw was a sign that said Orchid farm no trespassing. But I could not resist the opportunity to jump out of the car and take a photo of the North Shore. What a view. There was a wonderful paved road just ahead and I was so tempted to continue on (it turned out that the paved road was the way there)to see if the monastery was around the bend.

But I didn’t want to take a chance of getting into trouble. So I took one last photo and we hopped in the car and headed to the beach.

We stopped at the bakery and bought some wonderful, fresh, inexpensive pastries and sat in the park to eat them.

We walked along Haleiwa Beach

We watched the building waves. The beginning of an expected huge surf.

The boys gathered shells and coral and ran around for awhile. Though we never found the monastery ( I will another time, I’m determined) we still had a wonderful day. The boys got to play together one last time before heading back to school tomorrow.

And I can’t wait to make my smoothies in the morning with my fresh Wailua fruits.