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27 Apr 2011

Updated April 27 - adds Beautiful Sunset

New Tree, Dress Unveiled at Sunset

Beautiful sunset dinner in Kihei

FROM HAIKU, MAUI (HAWAII)

 

(Sunset dinner in Kihei, Apr 2)

 

 

Home-made and divine art displays

New Tree, Dress Unveiled at Sunset

 Beautiful sunset dinner in Kihei

HAIKU, Maui, Apr 3 - A few days ago, I discovered a beautiful Milo tree buried underneath seven feet of grass and weeds.  When I cleared the area around it, the tree was all smiles...

I hung my hat on it so you can judge its size.

A few months ago, Elizabeth got an inspiration for a Hawaiian motif skirt from the Hawaiian Air magazine on one of our inter-island flights.  And last night, she finished her own design using the same pattern - a black and white Monsteria leaf...

You can see her modeling it first at home before we went out to dinner at an Indian restaurant in Kihei.  We got there just in time for a beautiful sunset... no extra charge. :-)  And when we later went to Wailea, Elizabeth managed a quick change of clothes... :-)  [right]

And that's all for now from the Rainbow Shower so far in April.

Cooking with Creative Fire

HAIKU, Maui, Apr 10 - As I was creating my "Fire Improvisation" on a cloudy Saturday afternoon, Elizabeth was using our joint creative fires for a culinary work of art of her own.  The Indian Chickpea Curry & Chili Quiche turned out to be a real treat for the taste buds.  Yum! It reminded us of an old Mexican film Like Water for Chocolate (1992).  If you have not seen it, it's worth renting a DVD.  It was the first time Elizabeth had made this totally vegetarian dish which included some of the plants from our own garden.

This is what the scene in the kitchen looked like in the heat of the action while I was improvising Fire on my piano and other instruments....

Back from the concert...

It was excellent!

Afro-Cuban Concert, Giant Grass, Jeep Drive

HAIKU, Maui, Apr 16 - Hello everybody.  Hope you are all breathing a sigh of relief after the dreaded Tax Day.  I certainly am.  Yuck. Let the bygones be bygones.  We actually had a wonderful day yesterday (Apr 15).  Made a party of it, almost unwittingly.  You will see it when I get around to editing a video we produced first thing in the morning. 

But the party actually started the night before when we went to an Afro-Cuban Allstars’ concert at the Castle Theater here in Maui.  It was the their first visit to the islands.  The Cubans raised the roof at the theater. They brought their fire to the Goddess of Fire and the islands of volcanoes. 

Check out some of the still shots taken with my new Cannon HD camera.  It was the first time that I have ever taken some decent quality pictures in nighttime, dimly-lit conditions.

The concert was scheduled to last 1.5 hours.  It went on for over two hours.  And it was a series of rhythmic eruptions.   No intermission.  No respite.  The Afro-Cuban Allstars knew only two speeds - fast and faster.  And two styles - loud and louder.  Two hours later, the party was still going strong at the theater when Elizabeth and I left - to get to a restaurant for a late dinner before it closed. 

Check out one of the closing numbers as the members of the band became one of the audience...

 

Afro-Cuban Allstars' Concert in Maui (Apr 14, 2011) 

Earlier in the day, Elizabeth had her first solo road test drive of our Jeep...

...from the Kaunoa senior center, near the Kahului airport, to home.  It is about a 10-mile drive (two left shots).  And before that, she helped me illustrate the giant size of some of the grass that grows at the Rainbow Shower.  That particular specimen that I brought home from the gulch on Wednesday morning was 19 feet long.  Now, "that's grass!" (to paraphrase a line from "Crocodile Dundee," when he shows his giant blade to a would-be New York switch-blade mugger and says in Aussie drawl, That's knife?  THIS is a knife!").

Happy Easter!  Off to Kauai, Niihau...

HAIKU, Maui, Apr 21 - Hello everybody.  Hope you are all set for a wonderful Easter weekend.   Some people go home for Easter.  We will be away.  Some stage an Easter egg hunt.  We will be on an Easter treasure hunt at Lehua Rock.  Saturday is also St. George’s Day, which has a special meaning for me (Djurdjevic translated roughly into McGeorge in English).

Elizabeth and I are off tomorrow morning (Good Friday, also the Earth Day) to an adventure in Kauai and Niihau, the "forbidden island." For those of you who may not be familiar with Hawaiian islands, Niihau is the smallest island of eight major ones.  It is still privately owned, and not accessible by tourists.  Thus the term "forbidden." So the only way to get there is by boat.  Or helicopter.

We are planning to spend Saturday, St. George's Day, at sea.  After we sail up Kauai's beautiful Napali Coast (far right), also accessible only by sea (see above promotional pictures), we will sail across to Niihau and Lehua Rock, for some hopefully out-of-this-world snorkeling (middle left shots).

And then on Easter Sunday, weather permitting, we are hoping to do a 4-hr hike in Waimea Canyon at elevations between 3,000 and 4,000 feet, overlooking 2,000-ft vertical drop cliffs, with spectacular views of Niihau and Lehua Rock. At least that’s what the brochures promise.  We’ll see. 

Meanwhile, Elizabeth has been preparing for a Hula dance show that she and a group of ladies from Maui are putting on in Kahului on May 5. You can see in above shots some of Hula dancer's accessories, as well as some other other Elizabeth's art,  The white lei in the right shot was a true labor of love. Elizabeth has spent literally days making it out tiny strands of practically hair-thin "eyelash yarn."

Rainbow Flag Flying at Rainbow Shower, Beautiful Sunset

HAIKU, Maui, Apr 26 - As of this morning, the rainbow flag which Elizabeth bought for me as an Easter gift in Kauai is proudly flying on the lanai of the Rainbow Shower.  Take a look...

And then, this evening (Apr 27), I witnessed a beautiful sunset from our lanai.  It's another masterpiece right out of God's art gallery.

And that's all she wrote so far in the month of April.

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