RUN/WALK FOR WHALES

A whale of a day! Or at least the start of it…

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RUN/WALK FOR WHALES

Just got back from a fundraising event – Run/Walk for Whales – at Maalaea Harbor. The start of the race, or walk – one’s choice – was at predawn. Yet probably more than a thousand people were already at the starting line.

I am not a morning person. So the hardest part for me was getting up before dawn and then driving half an hour to Maalaea. But it was worth it. Not just to help the whales. It was magnificent watching the sun break through the mist and rise over the Haleakala volcano during the event. I could not take my eyes off it.

No wonder the ancient Hawaiians named this volcano Home of the Sun (that’s what Haleakala means in Hawaiian).

Here are just some shots for now to whet your appetite.

I got to the START line at 7:20. Which is when my race/walk category was supposed to start. But most of the runners and walkers had already left. It was cold by Maui standards in the predawn hour. Only 58F. So I supposed people were anxious to get going.

But the cold did not discourage the youngest runners with whom I also started this race/walk – as a “caboose” in the adult category. 🙂

But it did not take me long to catch up. Stopping to take these pictures set me back again. And so it went, back and forth.

SCENES FROM THE COURSE

What was really neat about this event was seeing the people of all different ages and sizes hoofing around the course to help the whales. At the same time, they were helping themselves.

In the end, everybody got on the same page – back where we started.

Sun rising over its home

Notice the green orb hovering under my right hand?

SPLASH IN THE OCEAN

The organizers offered the participants a free breakfast. I did not bother checking to see what it was. The crowd was just too big for me. Instead, I jumped in my car and drove to the nearest beach for a splash in the ocean.

It was another first for me. I don’t think I ever got to the beach and into the ocean so early in the morning. But the place was bustling with activities – fishing, big (Hawaiian) canoe paddling, sailing …  an entirely different lifestyle from ours at the Rainbow Shower in Haiku.

Native Hawaiians have the proper words for it. The upcountry areas on the mountain where we live are called MAUKA. Those near the ocean are called MAKAI. Today, I got to experience both.

I also came home with this T-shirt which all participants in this event received from the Pacific Whale Foundation as a memento.

Also, while on the beach, I saw a bunch of shells discarded near the wooden guardrail. It reminded me of the many times Elizabeth had been hunting for shells in Hawaii, mostly unsuccessfully. So I took a picture of it for her.

UPDATE FEB 5, 2017

RETURN TO MAALAEA: A YIN-YANG EXPERIENCE

After finished some errands in town this afternoon, I was guided to go back to Maalaea, where yesterday we held the Maui Run/Walk for Whales fundraiser in the predawn hours.  Perhaps it was the strong winds we’ve been experiencing today.

Normally, we get trade winds from the northeast. Today, however, we are experiencing strong “anti-trade” winds from the southwest.

No, this is not a political anti-TPP statement. 🙂 But who knows, it could be. You never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve.
 

In any event, Maalaea is on the west side of Maui, opposite from the north shore ocean scenery I normally share with you. Which means that today, these strong winds would be coming off there straight off the ocean with nothing in between.

So while millions in America were watching a gladiator sport event, this is what I kept my eyes peeled on.

I think that maybe that’s what I wanted to feel – the ocean spray hitting my face by these almost gale-force winds. And I got that. But what I did no bargain for are some beautiful ocean beach scenes.

It was the same beach on which I took a splash yesterday morning after the Whale event. It was a calm, serene, almost dreamy scene with the mist rising from the ocean. A true YIN.

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Today, the ocean was wild and woolly. And the strong wind made it feel like a real YANG experience, especially in parts where it was blowing the sand across the road like like gales off the Sahara dunes.

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Here are some pictures so you can judge it for yourself.

RAINBOW BOOKENDS, GREAT WHITE GIANTS RETURN TO MAUI

RAINBOW BOOKENDS REAPPEAR AT THE RAINBOW SHOWER, MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN EVER

Clear sky rainbows in the morning, first ever post-sunset rainbow in the evening

Also, TOPSY-TURVY WEATHER IN MAUI, EXTRAORDINARY CLOUD

It happened again today. Just like it did three days ago – on Sunday, Jan 22. Both ends of this day at the Rainbow Shower were bracketed by rainbows. Only this time, they were even more beautiful.

The first ones this morning were rare clear sky rainbows. The mist and sun kept dancing with each all day. By late afternoon, more rainbows started to appear. And this evening, I witnessed something quite remarkable, possibly for the first time.

The sun had already set. The Rainbow Shower house and lawn were already enveloped in darkness as you can see from the first two photos. Yet the sun’s rays were still reaching up high and the sky and setting the clouds on fire as well as the rainbow.

It was an awe-inspiring, amazing sight. Feeling blessed? You betcha.

So I ran into the house get the camera and share it with you. Enjoy!

MAUI’S GREAT WHITE GIANTS ARE BACK (select photos)

Today I had to run some errands in town. On my way, I could not resist and had to stop at Ho’okipa Point for another look at Maui’s Great White Giants that are pounding against the lava rocks at one of the world’s most famous surfing spots – Ho’okipa Point. But with the waves at about 25 to 30 feet, no one was crazy enough to try to surf on them.

MAUI’S GREAT WHITE GIANTS ARE BACK – a 1-min video by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Jan 25, 2017

Here’s a 1-min video consisting of 25 “live shots” – with my background music – Banana Boat from the Caribbean. 🙂

https://youtu.be/7-QshdLAJyU [Youtube version]

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HOOKIPA PHOTO ALBUM

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UPDATE JAN 27, 2017

A 1-min video by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Jan 27, 2017 – filmed around 4PM

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Just got back from a quick outing to Paia. Stopped at Ho’okipa Point on my way. Beautiful afternoon. What attracted me most of all was the scent of the ocean. Love it. So pure and healing especially with light trade breezes like today’s.

The surf is now “surfable” – about 6-10 ft waves. And there were lots of surfers starting their weekend on water.

Check it out…

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Youtube link: https://youtu.be/XhrQqixcbdI

PHOTO ALBUM

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UPDATE FEB 5, 2017

TOPSY-TURVY WEATHER IN MAUI

Normally, we get trade winds blowing from the northeast. Today, however, we are experiencing strong “anti-trade” winds from the southwest.

No, this is not a political anti-TPP statement. 🙂 But who knows, it could be. You never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve.

How strong are the winds?

Not very. according to the official Weather.com. Only 22 mph right now. But the gusts must be much stronger. Because for the first time ever (!), they have literally opened my bedroom sliding screen door. Twice!

At first, I did not believe it was the wind. I thought I had forgotten to close it. But when it happened the second time…

So now I propped it up a little – using my university crest as a door stopper. 🙂 No offense meant. It’s just that I needed something narrow to wedge on the track behind it.

The wind is almost never an event unto its own. Like an advance scout, it precedes the arrival of the main army. Tomorrow, we are expecting rain. So it goes…

FINALLY, AN OFFICIAL WIND ALERT

Better late than never?

Now they tell us… after the wind opened this door for a third time, and blew off the (heavy) top of my spa. And it also knocked down my wheel barrow. Here’s a weather update I just got:
“SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE… REACHING 25 TO 35 MPH IN SOME SPOTS… WITH LOCALIZED GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH…. A STRONG AND FAST MOVING COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH THE ISLANDS TONIGHT… WITH INCREASING SOUTHWEST WINDS EXPECTED AHEAD OF THE FRONT.”
Talk about closing the barn door after the horse is gone, I could have told them this morning the winds were stronger than the 22 mph the Weather,com said.
I just hope and pray that we don’t lose power or internet. Knock on wood, so far so good (rhyme intended) 🙂
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UPDATE FEB 6, 2017

EXTRAORDINARY CLOUD HOVERS OVER RAINBOW SHOWER FOR ALMOST 2 HOURS IN GALE FORCE WINDS

I have never seen anything like it before. Last night, an enormous cloud that took up 2/3 of the sky, shaped like a giant whale or a blimp, hovered above my house for nearly two hours.

The head was pointing to the west. The tail was in the east. The light you see which looks like the whale’s eye is actually the moon trying to shine through.

I snapped this picture when I first saw it a little after 10 PM without expecting much. I had never taken a shot before with my new iPhone camera in complete darkness. Then I went back to watch the rest of a movie. When I came back out about an hour-and-a-half later, the cloud was still there.

What made this phenomenon so extraordinary is that at the same time we were (and still are) buffeted by gale force winds that blew off the top of my spa and opened the sliding screen door – 3 times! Eventually, I had to tape it down to the frame using masking tape.

Yet the giant cloud was still there, like a massive immovable object impervious to gale force winds. Amazing! Wonder what it meant?

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UPDATE FEB 7, 2017

LITTLE BLONDE “CRABS” PLAYING ON LAVA ROCKS

This morning, thanks to a real estate showing of my property, I did three things on a spur of a moment that I don’t usually do.

First, before I even cleaned up, I spent an hour raking and mowing the debris from the strong winds in the last two days have brought down on the lawn.

Second, I had breakfast. Well, I mean – a real breakfast, a veggie omelette at Colleen’s in Haiku town center – not my usual, a few grapes and half a banana.

Third, I drove down to Ho’okipa Point to watch the surfers on this beautifully clear morning. The forecast was rain, by the way. 🙂

You can see for yourself now how great the weather is this morning. It is rare that one can see the West Maui Mountains. Usually they are enveloped in clouds. The surf was about 10-15 ft with an occasional 20-footer.

 

 HAPPY FAMILY SCENE

But the most interesting scene was watching this family down on the rocks. Their two kids, a toddler and a baby still in diapers, played on the lava rocks like two little blonde crabs. 🙂

But one or both of the parents kept a close eye on them. The mother eventually took both kids into that little basin which the ocean had carved out in the lava rocks like a bathtub. Of course, she took off the diaper first. Not her own. 🙂