about the artist


Mahalo is a word you hear often in Hawaii. It means thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards, respects. I am thankful and full of gratitude for this wonderful time with Mr C in this beautiful place. I didn’t realize how much I needed or would appreciate this time away from my normal life.

I have my computer with me because I have a job that requires that I keep in touch and be available to send bulk e-mails for the SDA reps, but I have really tried to keep my online time to a minimum. I am reading a very huge tome. I am spending quality time with Mr C and I am even doing a bit of stitching on my circle quilt – it is really sloooow cloth!

Yesterday, we visited the Lumahai Botanical Gardens. It was not peak bloom time, but we learned a lot about native plants and plants that have become a problem in the forests. I loved the colors of this Hibiscus.

When we got back to the cottage, Mr C went to rent snorkel gear and was told the water was too rough, and they would not rent to him. A really nice guy on the beach lent him his gear, and so the birthday boy got in a little snorkeling. Does that look too rough?

Then, he went on a hunt for the bananas that grow on the property. We found 3 different trees. They have a very interesting flower that hangs down from the banana cluster.

We went out to dinner for Mr C’s birthday, but were not impressed with the meal. We decided that from now on we will eat lunch out and dinner at home.

Today, we stopped at the Hanalei farmer’s market. I bought papaya, avocado and organic greens for a salad.

We headed for the Kilauea light house and wildlife refuge. We stopped for lunch and had fish tacos with a pineapple salsa – yummy.

I love this photo of a painting of the lighthouse in progress. We saw a lot of red footed boobys. They nest on a huge cliff that can be seen from the lighthouse.

I am going back to stitching for a bit before I crash for the night. There are lots more photos on my Flickr site.

5 Responses to “Mahalo”

  1. liz says:

    I am so jealous have a great time and be inspired!
    Liz H

  2. Are you going to bring the heart-shaped stone home with you? It is lovely.

  3. Deborah says:


    What are you reading?

  4. reva says:

    Lovely post, Gerrie. So glad you and Steve are enjoying yourselves. Did he snorkle right in front of the cottages, or where?

    Birthday dinner was at Postcards? It was great — or at least the best place in town — when it first opened, but it went rapidly downhill. Last time we were there with our vacation pals we vowed “never again.” Like you, we can do better in our own kitchen.

    You know I’m gonna pump you for details when you get back. I SO miss that corner of the world…

  5. Vivien Zepf says:

    Oh Kauai — I haven’t been there since my honeymoon! It still looks lovely as ever. Thank you for sharing all your pictures. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your trip.