“DARBY” THREATENS HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

“DARBY” THREATENS HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

Is Already Causing Flash Floods at Rainbow Shower
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Just last night, after I completed my evening rounds of the Rainbow Shower, Elizabeth asked me, “how is it?”

“As perfect as can be,” I replied. “Wish I could freeze it like this.”

I had been working like a slave for three days this week to bring the four Rainbow Shower lawns into perfection, along with the shrubs, tree and other decorative plants on our property.

“But I know that’s wishful thinking,” I added.

We did not have to wait long to prove me right. As soon as I awoke this morning, hearing the roar of our creek, some 70 feet in elevation down in the gulch from our home, I knew we were experiencing another flash flood.

So I grabbed my umbrella (to protect the camera lens from rain), and walked down there. Butt naked. No sense in getting my clothes soaked. And not even birds are out and about in this kind of weather.

Here’s a 1.5 minute video clip I brought back:

FLASH FLOOD NUMBER…? [DARBY IS COMING]

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You will hear me conclude the broadcast by saying, “this is not the end.”

At the time, our internet was out. So I had no idea that this was not even a beginning. All this rain was just a forefront the tropical storm Darby is sending our way, I found out when the internet was restored. Packing winds of 50 to 65 mph, the eye of Darby is expected pass over the Big Island this afternoon, over Maui tonight, and exit the Hawaiian chain of islands over Kauai on Sunday night.

So “we ain’t seen nothing yet,” as my intuition suggested when I saw the flash flood down in the gulch this morning.

Here are some still pictures, too…

Here’s a weather report about Darby – for those of my FB friends who live in Hawaii:

TROPICAL STORM DARBY WILL CONTINUE TOWARD THE BIG ISLAND THIS MORNING. THE CENTER OF DARBY IS APPROACHING THE BIG ISLAND AND WILL PASS VERY NEAR… OR OVER… THE BIG ISLAND TODAY. A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY… WITH THE CENTER OF DARBY EXPECTED TO PASS VERY NEAR… OR OVER… MAUI COUNTY TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. THEN… THE CENTER OF DARBY OF EXPECTED TO PASS VERY NEAR… OR OVER… OAHU LATE ON SUNDAY AND PASS VERY NEAR KAUAI COUNTY SUNDAY NIGHT. RAIN AND WIND WILL INCREASE WELL AHEAD OF THE CENTER AS IT MOVES ACROSS HAWAII.

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DARBY STORM UPDATE 2

July 23, 2016 1:15PM

SO FAR, SO GOOD… THE BRIDGES ARE STILL STANDING

Just got back up to the house after revisiting the gulch. And I am pleased to report that both of our bridges are still standing.

The foot bridge tarp has been ripped by the power of water. But it’s nothing major. I even crossed the foot bridge onto the other side to inspect the irrigation and drainage work I did there back in the spring. And the water is flowing normally through that new ditch into the main creek.

So, so far so good. But the worst is yet to come, probably this evening and overnight when the eye of Darby is supposed to pass over or near Maui.

Stand by for that…

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DARBY STORM UPDATE 3

July 24, 2016 8:147 AM

SERENITY NEAR THE EYE OF THE STORM

 

What a difference 24 hours can make. Yesterday at this time, our creek in the Rainbow Shower gulch was raging and flooding over our bridges (see http://wp.me/p3R16m-2QQ). This morning by contrast is wonderfully calm and serene. Hardly any wind. Plenty of moisture in the air. But our creek is back in its normal riverbed, happily running down the slopes of Haleakala.

Who would suspect then that the eye of the tropical storm Darby that caused all this upheaval in the last few days is about AS CLOSE TO US AS IT WILL BE.  Take a look at the radar and satellite maps I have just updated.

Only 50 miles or so to the southwest of us, the Eye of Darby is churning its way across the Pacific in the northwesterly direction toward Kauai.

So how can things be so calm here at the Rainbow Shower?

It is all because of Haleakala. The giant 10,000-ft volcano on whose northern slopes our property lies is acting like a giant windshield between us and Darby. So Darby’s winds and rain and spinning from the south around Haleakala – toward Hana in the east and Kihei in the west. This is leaving us in a safe cocoon of Haleakala’s wind shadow at the normally windy northern coast of Maui.

Our usual trade winds come from the northeast. Which is why north is called the Windward coast in Hawaiian islands. But not today. Today, we are experiencing a sort of a “pole reversal.”  The normally dry (and touristy) south and west coasts are getting pelted with rain and buffeted by wind, while we are enjoying a peaceful and serene Sunday morning.

BIG ISLAND 2014: HAPUNA BEACH, SOUTH POINT, KILAUEA, WAIPIO

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On Aug 18, we went on our annual visit to the Big Island. Here are three stories about our experiences…

Aug 18 – Hapuna Beach Sunset, Sunrise Walk

Aug 19 – South Point Ocean Rage: Beaty & Power of Yin

Aug 19 – Kilauea Volcano: Beauty & Serenity of Yang

 

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KILAUEA VOLCANO: BEAUTY & SERENITY OF YANG

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When people think of a volcano, they tend to see only the destructive power of Yang, the masculine energy of fire and lava. But did you ever consider that volcanoes are Mother Earth’s way of giving birth?

Yes, they are violent.  And so is the birthing of humans
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You know what happens after a newborn turns into a toddler, and then becomes a child itching to grow up?  What happens is the beauty of creation.  And the serenity that’s inherent in nature’s art, even at its most tempestuous moments.

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So when Elizabeth and I visited the Kilauea Volcano this time around (on Aug 19), I wanted to share with you the beauty and serenity of Yang – by contrast to the beauty and power of Yin at South Point.

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Elizabeth has always loved being enveloped by the mist rising from one of the steam vents around Kilauea. In fact, she still uses such an image from our visit here in November 2010 at her FB page. 

Well, this time, we thought it was time to update those photos… 🙂

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Kilauea volcano is also where two years ago, Goddess Pele sent a song to my Third Ear (Pineal Gland).  I played it right away on my flute, while standing on the Kilauea caldera.  Yang-Yin-Earth

And then, to balance things out between the Yang and the Yin energies, Elizabeth and I then went on to South Point where I played the same music at sunset.  I named the composition “To Pele, with Love.”

You can watch both ceremonies and this original musical creation in this video:

“To Pele, with Love” (Nov 29, 2012)

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By the way, thanks to the Kilauea volcano, the Big Island is the only part of the US to actually grow.  By non-violent means, that is, rather than by conquest.

Black Sand Beach

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Before Kilauea, we stopped briefly on the Black Sand beach. Normally, you can see big ocean turtles close to or on the shore.  Not this time. So we did not waste much time here before continuing up the Mauna Loa slopes to Kilauea.

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After Kilauea, we drove on to Hilo where we had an early dinner at Ken’s House of Pancakes.  And we were “bad.” Meaning, the dinner was delicious. Elizabeth feasted on tacos while I devoured pancakes.

We generally try to avoid any glutens in our diet. But the last time we ate at this Hilo restaurant was in Nov 2009.  So I figured every four to five years we can afford to be “bad.” Elizabeth agreed wholeheartedly. 🙂

[Truth be told, we are “bad” a lot more often than that. 🙂 Just not at Ken’s House of Pancakes in Hilo].

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After dinner, as we drove along Hilo Bay, we realized that this is one of those rare occasions that we have been in Hilo when it was not raining. 🙂 It was a perfectly clear early evening. And the scenery around the bay was quite idyllic.

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But even if we missed the rain in Hilo, we knew we weren’t going to be so lucky driving back to Hapuna Beach via Saddle Road. This road rises up to about a 6,500 ft elevation.  In the past, we have encountered snow, sleet, rain and mist every time we had crossed over Mauna Kea, into whose slopes the road is cut.

Luckily, that stretch of the road is not very long. And soon we were back in sunshine of the Waikoloa coast and the temperatures in the mid-80s (up from 58F on Mauna Kea).

Oh, and one more thing.  We showed you an example of the power of the ocean atScreen Shot 2014-08-20 at 9.12.12 PM South Point.  But even there, there is beauty and serenity.  One just has to turn around and look up the hill. Beautiful pastoral scenes like these await the traveler.

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The following day, Aug 20, we drove on to Waipio Valley overlook. Three years ago, Elizabeth and I hiked down and up the 900-ft drop to that black beach you can see at the bottom of the pictures.  Not this time. Not just because the rain moved in right after we took these pictures. Because we did not want to miss our flight back home to Maui.

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And that’s all she wrote from our 2014 visit to the Big Island.

Aloha!

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Here are now stories about our earlier visits to Kilauea:

 

 

BEAUTY & POWER OF YIN: OCEAN RAGE – UP, CLOSE & PERSONAL

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South Point – Kau (Ka Lae), the southernmost point of the United States and of the Big Island, has always been one of my favorite places to visit in all of Hawaii.

Maybe that’s because “where land meets water (such as at Ka Lae-South Point), there is a great deal of energy,” our masters guides and teachers told us (a group of shamans and lightworkers) in October 2011 in Inch, Ireland (where land also meets water, though not in as dramatic a way as at South Point).

And dramatic scenery it is…South Point panorama Bob Eliz 8-19-14

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Elizabeth and I first came to South Point on Thanksgiving Day 2008 (see below).  Mesmerized by the beauty and power of its Yin (feminine) energy, we have been back eight times in the last six years. Twice, I did shamanic healing ceremonies from this spot. Such as in March and November 2012, the year of “The Shift” (12-21-12).

And now, on Aug 19, 2014, we were back again. This time, we returned only 10 days after the hurricane Iselle passed right over this magical spot. While we had not seen any evidence of damage to property or trees on our drive to the South Point, once we got to the tip of the southernmost point in the US, we were amazed by what we saw.  Or didn’t see, to be more accurate…

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See this big lava slab which I used as shamanic altar in the March 2012 healing ceremony? (above left).  And again the same slab in Nov 2012 (middle).  You can see what remained eight months later of our Stewards of the Earth (SOE) inscription written in white coral. The slab, our SOE altar, was also there last year (above right).

Now? It’s gone.  Vanished! And not just the small coral rocks. The entire large lava slab was completely destroyed or moved by the storm.   Evidence of Power of the Yin (ocean) over Yang (land) when and where the two meet.  Iselle (the hurricane) took it and ground it into the ocean. Prayers delivered by Mama Kocha (Mother Ocean) to Pachamama (Mother Earth).

And now, here’s a video which attests to both the beauty and the power of Yin:

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IMG_2144Before we got to South Point, we stopped in Kona so Elizabeth can do some shopping at the farmer’s market. While she was doing it, I bought six large Star Fruit for us took this photo of some other exotic Hawaiian fruit.

And then wDSCF4531e set out for the South Point. Here are some shots of the first glimpse of it (left), as well as several taken at the South Point where in the old days the local ranchers used to lower cattle on those pulleys down to the boats for transport to markets.

Nowadays, people jump from there down about 30 feet of the vertical rock drop. Then they either clamber up on ropes, and bum  a ride on a wave into a cave, before clambering up the cave back to the surface. Either way, dangerous stuff.  Yet we saw two people do both while we were there.  The latter (cave climb) was by a lady who looked to be about 60. She is from Cairns, Australia.

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And now, if you want to peruse at leisure some of the still shots you have just seen in the above video, here they are, starting with the “mermaid-in-pink” pictures… 🙂

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Here are now stories about our earlier seven visits to South Point:

 

BIG ISLAND: HAPUNA BEACH SUNSET, SUNRISE WALK

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Over the years of our annual visits to the Big Island, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel has become our favorite base from where to explore the rest of Hawaii’s youngest island.  One reason is the beautiful setting and a lovely long sandy beach, of course. Another is gorgeous sunsets.

I invite you to enjoy this one from start to finish. The start was the view from our hotel room. The sunset show then moves on to the hotel’s terrace bar.  It ends  on the beach itself with dying rays of sunlight bouncing off the waves before being swallowed up by the ocean and the night.

Enjoy!

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SUNRISE WALK ON THE BEACH

And then in the morning, it started all over again. I went for a long walk on the beach as the sun was rising over Mauna Kea, back for another day of surf and turf fun in Hawaii.

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