House of the Sun

If there is ever a time that I feel closest to God, it is in nature or with my family.  This is why spending quality time with my family outside is my euphoria.

One of my favorite places to watch the sunset on Maui is at the tippity-top of Haleakala.  We usually pack a picnic dinner and stuff the car with blankets and our warmest clothes for layering on the way up.haleakalaAbove the clouds, Haleakala boasts the most spectacular views on Maui.  You can see four surrounding islands, sometimes five, from the summit.

This time we were early enough to check out the crater before the sun set.  M thought it was pretty awesome that we have our very own dormant volcano.

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I had to share Little Man’s best dino face….

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It was fah-ree-zing!  My car thermometer dropped down to the 40s!!!  There was about a 30 degree change.  Thankfully it wasn’t too windy.  No chapped cheeks this time 🙂

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Aaahhhh! Those sunset lined clouds…Ooooh!

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As you can see, we weren’t the only ones with this great idea.  And a great idea, it was.
maksilvs…M posing with a Silversword (‘Ahinahina) in bloom.  Can you believe this lovely indigenous plant only blooms once in its life and then dies? It can live to be over 90 years old.

Visiting Haleakala is always well worth the trip.  I hope it isn’t too long before we are back.

If you want to check out Haleakala a little more click here.

Foraging on a Friday

I remember watching a tv show where a chef of a well accomplished restaurant would forage for the menu items each day.  “How cool is that?” I thought.  The whole menu would change depending on what the chef could find on his daily walk/hike.

It made me think of one of my childhood fantasies.  I always though of how awesome it would be to be stranded on a deserted island and have to survive off of whatever I could.  This dream was long before Survivor, but maybe watching Swiss Family Robinson or Blue Lagoon one too many times had an influence on me.  Maybe it awakened something from my native Hawaiian roots.  Or, maybe its deeper than that.  It could just be because I live and move on this great planet called earth.

Living off the land is a basic activity for all living creatures since the beginning of time.  We have lost touch with the distance and time it takes/should take for our food to reach our plates, but that is a-whole-nother blog post.

Foraging, FYI, is basically searching for wild food sources, an animal instinct of sorts.

Yesterday, me and one of my besties set out to do just that.

Our mission: Watercress and Pohole Fern Salad

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And yes, we really do hang out in our bikinis and let our children run around naked pretty much every time we are together.

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Beautiful mama.

It was a little adventure carrying naked babies through the river while dodging fiberglass grass and spiderwebs, but i think it was worth it.

And here is our final product…

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The only thing we added that wasn’t wild and free was the tofu and our dressing.  If you are curious, I can’t tell you the exact measurements, but we made our yummy dressing with sesame oil, mayo, vinegar, shoyu and sugar.  At the last minute we added papaya, from outside, of course.

Soo ono.

Insta

For this week’s Favorites Friday, I have chosen my favorite social media platform: Instagram.

If for some reason I had to ditch all other social media shenanigans, Instagram would be my one podium.

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I love taking photos.

To be able to take a photo(or video), manipulate it, and share it in a moment with hundreds of my friends is pretty rad.

It’s so instant. Heehee.

A photo can say so much or so little, and that is the beauty of it.

To get a glimpse into my friend’s and stranger’s lives and vise versa via photograph, whether it’s artsy fartsy or just a family photograph, is very fascinating to me…and often addicting. 😁

It reminds me of back in the day, before digital cameras and phones with picture taking capabilities, when me and my college girlfriends would develop our photos and create prized photo albums to capture our everyprecious moments. We must have revisited each others albums at least every 3-6 months just to relive those memories. Oh, how times have changed. I can’t recall the last time I took a photo and got it printed.

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I decided to try my hand at Favorites Friday.
There is always something I am buzzing about.
So for my FF debut, I’ve decided on my current Pandora station. Lorde.

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I’m sure most have heard this young(she is only 16!) kiwi’s hit Royals, but my hubs turned me on to her newest album that just came out a couple of weeks ago. Kudos to her producers! I’m loving the harmonies and the unique drum beats. Puts me in the mood to get things done.
This Pandora station plays the likes of Lana Del Ray, Ellie Golding, One Republic, and Florence +the Machine.
Any Pandora station recommendations out there?