Friday, December 29, 2017

Let's GO [to] Waikiki

A  L  O  H  A !
 Let's start with the 
first thing visitors know:
Diamond Head, and the Beach itself.
But there's SO much more!
After almost 30 years living there,
I have seen a lot of change, a
lot of things that seem eternal,
and lots being missed!
Like the sea turtles feeding 
in shallow surf, in 
plain view to nearby
visitors who never 
notice them.

"There are no record 
companies in Waikiki."
           Bruno Mars
[Local fellow,
played "Little Elvis"
in shows at the hotels
as a boy when I was
driving my taxi back
in the day. . . .
. . . . . . in Waikiki. . . ]

"Hawaii is paradise. 
It sounds cheesy to say it, 
but there's music 
in the air there."
            Bruno Mars

 While the visitors 
watch the sunset,
I always watched them. 
They count their 
Hawaii sunsets. 
I always figured
that there were many 
many more coming my way.

But life makes other 
plans sometimes,
and even happy change 
can give as well
as take. I plan on 
watching & photographing
each sunset of my 
visit home to 
Honolulu this Winter.

I'm not EXACTLY a snowbird,
since I was local for decades, 
buried family in the islands 
and saw others born. 

I'm going to see my Ohana [Link]
which includes dear friends
who are more bruddahs and sistahs.
I will listen to the clouds & sky, 
commune with the land,
the `Aina [Link]
the Sea and
BE among the 
people of Hawaii.

And I will eat at
Zip Min [Link] Barack Obama's
favorite growing up!

Just for few days.
And both flights
of the round trip
will be homeward bound.

Dusk in Waikiki is 


playing in my heart:

for Hanging Out!
Warm Aloha,

You can read about my early days in Waikiki
by reading my little Hawaii novel:
"Aloha Where You Like Go?"

Linking to


Elephant's Child said...

Enjoy your time to the max.

Mike said...

"...a lot of change..."

We went to Maui. Then went back 10 years later. Things had changed (grown) quite a bit.

claude said...

Hello Cloudia !
Thanks for your good wishes.
I wish you a very Happy 2018 !
You're living in a wonderful Island.
I love our skies, flowers, palmtrees and beaches.
Aloha !

Merlesworld said...

Always good to go home , I love the smell of my city and the sounds are always welcoming.

kaykuala said...

Scenic images of Hawaii not to be missed. The sunsets are fantastic!


biebkriebels said...

Have a nice time!

Tom said...

...sounds good to be. Happy New Year.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, enjoy your trip "back home". I wish I could go and leave this cold weather behind.
Love the photos. I wish you all the best in 2018, a Happy, Healthy New Year to you and your family! Have a great weekend.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Waikiki is wonderful!

Cloudia said...

Thanks, Dears! I will be going home for a visit in the early weeks of the new year. Of course, the internet being what it is, I'll let you know all about it when I'm back in Calif ;)

William Kendall said...

Glorious skies!

Cloudia said...

Thanks William!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

A wonderful post, Cloudia! Funny to think of both legs of a flight taking you home. Have a great visit and wishing you a very happy new year!

Teresa said...

Have fun, Cloudia. Isn't it great to be going home on both legs of a round-trip ticket!

Lady Fi said...

Magical shots.

Cloudia said...

Thanks both of you!