Our precious aina (land)

I wanted to share this amazing site : The Canyon Chronicles by Eric Leifer. Visit his site to see photographs of hidden places in Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado. He and friends are discovering new locations deep in valleys. I’m especially in awe of the locations in Hawaii. I see them from afar – from airplanes, sometimes roads, sometimes from boats. I knew they were there. His photographs and stories take you there. This link is specific to his Hawaii section:

I took a screen shot from his site showing a few of the locations – unfamiliar locations (at least to me). He describes them in greater detail accompanied by photos and wonderful photographs. There isn’t a way to share his images without stealing from his site…believe me, it’s worth a visit.

I love this from his about page:

“I prefer stars over roofs.  I seek perspective over possessions.  I choose love over hate.  I crave space over cities.  I value time over money.  I drink whiskey over wine.  I build bridges over boundaries.  I watch sunsets over television.  I see hope through the darkness.  I find comfort in unease.  I wander to get lost.  I get lost to be found.  I accept truth over perception.  I create a path beyond fate.  I take less than I need.  I seek what I doubt.  I am more than I know.  I know far less than I think.”

Eric Leifer

Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 1.00.43 PMThank you, Christian James for sharing this on Facebook.


My sister-in-law called early and said turn on your television. Like many others, I thought I was watching part of a sci-fi movie. There was something eerie about the clip. It took a while to realize that this was happening now. I could not fathom the enormity of what I was seeing. No!!!! Not real!!! I felt horrified and sick and lost. I spent the day with my co-worker watching the news unfold reporting loss of life that was impossible to comprehend.

May we someday learn interdependence, compassion and acceptance so that all beings of the universe can live in peace.

What a brave act. The singer, Makana took off his jacket and revealed an Occupy with Aloha t-shirt at Obama’s Waikiki APEC Luau at the Hale Koa. What a fantastic non-violent way to send a message to the leaders of the world!

Obama’s Waikiki APEC Luau ‘crashed’ by Makana » Light On Hawaii.

Here’s a video of Makana doing the song in its entirety.

On Saturday, a rainy Saturday, I went for a walk from the Volcano Art Center in Volcanoes National Park to Jagger Museum. It’s about a three mile flat, easy walk. It’s so beautiful. The sulphur beds are colored in deep brick and mustardy to lemony yellow. It’s other worldly as you walk along the edge of Kilauea Iki, a huge volcanic crater through a rain forest of native Hawaiian ferns and trees. The birdsong of the apapane (a Hawaiian honeycreeper) accompany you the entire way…even in the rain.


Volcano – To Jagger, a set on Flickr.