Monday, February 27, 2006
Niihau Shell Lei. The niihau shell lei making process is tedious from start to finish. On a good day of shell picking, a skilled picker might harvest a film canister of prime quality kahelelani shells in about four hours. All this time is spent on hands and knees or lying in the sand. People frequently ask if you can go out and just scoop up the shells. They are always shocked when they learn that they are collected one at a time.
The best beaches produce kahelelani in a full range of colors including tan, light pink, hot pink, red, burgundy, brown, and olive green which is more abundant on Niihau than Kauai. Kamoa is a yellow to gold turban shell that is similar to kahelelani, but grown much larger. Only the juveniles can be sewn into leis, usually as accents. These shell lei can be very expensive depending upon who sewed the lei and which shells are used in the lei. It is not uncommon for a Niihau Shell lei to run in the ten's of thousands of dollars. Mine have very few of the kahelelani shells (colorful ones) and was quite affordable. Aloha :)
Sunday, February 26, 2006
A bit of a migrane headache today so I stayed in and had a wonderful cup of tea. To add to the headache my computer decided to catch some nasty adware/spyware thing so I had to work on it for few hours.. All looks go to go now!! Just in time for work tomorrow,Whew!!!! Decided to leave the tea bag upside down since that is just how the day went....
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
Posting one more photo from Maui this weekend. This is a photo of a Silver Sword plant before it flowers. I am told that they only grow in Haleakala Crater and no where else in the world.. I stood there freezing (patiently) LOL ... waiting with camera and tripod for the sun to shine on the top portion of the plant. They have a nice and fuzzy look about them but are actually quite prickly. Hope you enjoy the shot.. Aloha. :)
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Last game of the season. Oh shucks they lost. 1-0. They had a terrific season. Thought I would post the blow hole and a sunset vs a soccer photo today.. The sun is setting behind Lanai taken from Lahaina on Maui. If you ever get a chance to go to Maui drive around the back side of West Maui. It is just beautiful but a rugged drive. A true ONE LANE road with TWO WAY traffic. The road literally hangs on the side of the cliffs in parts. It really is worth the effort. The blowhole was amazing hope you notice the people on the left for scale. Aloha
No soccer today. They had a bye. So I got up and drove up Haleakala to see the sunrise. 10,000 feet above the clouds. Very very cold but quite beautiful. It is amazing how silent everything is when you hike into the crater. It just so huge. I have included a few shots which hopefully show some sort of scale compared to the horses and the hikers.. Hope you enjoy.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Tonite's High School Basketball game. My daughter, the soccer player in the red and her friend. They can never just smile for me or anyone else with a camera for that matter. They love to be crazy and make faces. So sad that none of my shots from the game came out due to wrong exposure settings ... so we decided to neat image this one to death and post it. At least they always have lots of fun. Better luck for tomorrow's shot. :)