I am back from Hawaii. It was a wonderful trip and a great deal of fun to be able to share Hawaii and Marilyn and Gail's retreat, with my long time friend, Katrin.
Who says that you cannot go back? Well in this case I could go back and it was as wonderful an experience as I had the last time. Marilyn has a way to make you feel right at home. She sets a wonderful tone for the retreat...one of sharing and caring.
Katrin and I spent two days before the retreat and one day after in Waikiki. Such fun to be in an area of a city that is situated by a world famous beach. The mountain is Diamond Head.
We had a great cultural experience at the Bishop Museum, where my friend learned to dance the Hula...I was too busy taking photos :) We learned a little bit about the history of Hawaii and Hawaii's Royalty.
This is Bread Fruit that can be roasted, baked, fried, or boiled. It grows on a beautiful tree...this one is in the garden of the Bishop Museum.
Each one of us created two pieces of art the second piece being a Sea Turtle. I used colors for my turtle that I saw in the water,the sky and sand.
Here are photos of the first piece I did. It is made from a large plastic ball that floated from Japan to Hawaii...as they traveled and were tossed to shore they broke up in to various shapes. The piece I used was approximately 12" by 10" and was about a quarter of the original ball. The glass balls inside the piece and in his hat washed up to a beach in Hawaii from Japan...two of them have marks that tell where they came from. I bought them at an antique shop on the North Shore of Oahu. The criss cross patterning is from the nets, the rest of the ball is sand blasted by the sea.
Here are photos of the turtle. She is made from a gourd split in half she is 13" by 12" including the fins.
Here is a photo of the little Sea Elf that likes to take a ride inside the turtle...bet you did not know about Sea Elves :)
Inside the top of the shell is a key that Marilyn and Gail gave me...they gave each one of us a key. A mirror for reflection. a red seed blessed by the Kahuna and a piece of heart shaped coral given to me by Lisa of That Creative Space, that she found when she helped me on to the beach after my first ever swim in the ocean...it is more to the point to call it a float in the ocean, that was facilitated by five friends.
You see I am deadly afraid of water. I nearly drowned when I was three years old and the memory of that haunts me to this day. Since I lived on an island, we were required to take swimming in school and to swim the 200 meters every year...which I did in the shallow end of the pool :) Swimming in the ocean never occurred to me until this trip to Hawaii, where I had the overwhelming desire to at least float in the ocean.
*Whisper* I have actually been back for over a week...Katrin was here with us and we worked on a project that I will show you in the next post. We had a wonderful time exploring and seeing Southern NJ through Katin's eyes...she loves it here.