Thursday, October 15, 2009

Here Be Giants

& Welcome!

click on photos to enlarge giantsThis is Mount Olomana on Oahu's windward side. Back in the day, Olomana was a giant whose whim & mood were the daily weather for the people who lived in his area of influence. One day a bigger giant appeared who used his weapon to slice the bully Olomana from the top of his head almost in half. Olomana instantly turned into a mountain as he fell, hence the twin peaks that seem to be rotating apart.

“There were giants in the earth in those days. . . ”

Today, Olomana is joined on our island by
a convention of giants.
An Antonov 225 is here loading up with emergency supplies for ravaged Samoa. These planes are the largest in the world!

“The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies.”
Lester B. Pearson

The USS Ronald Reagan is here too with it's battle group after deployment off the Horn of Africa. 80 aircraft call the ship their home. She can distill 400,000 gallons of fresh water from the sea every day- enough for 2,000 homes! Her nuclear reactors could power a good chunk of our power grid too, I think. Today we will see her sailors all over Waikiki.

“The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Our is a world of nuclear giants
and ethical infants.”
Omar Bradley

And the USS Missouri is being moved into Pearl Harbor's dry dock! Above you see the behemoth rounding Diamond Head the last time she moved. Read more about the move itself at this post:

“When the war of the giants is over
the wars of the pygmies will begin.”
Winston Churchill

There are many kinds of giants. Some can be seen across the horizon of history, some block out the sky as they pass.

There are giants who look just like average people - until you get to know them and to understand their affects on others.

Here's to the giants, big & small!
You might even be one...

In fact, I KNOW
that many of

A L O H A & Giant Hugs. . . Cloudia