It's been pretty busy of late, but all of it has been a pleasure. Wonderful house guests David and Laura are now in their rental out in Puna. I actually buckled down and built a few pots for my orchids. I have hopes for them. Simple hand building-- pinch pots, slabs, coil-- is the way to go for me. Ceramics can get very fancy, but I don't care about that. The medium itself and working directly with it are what I like.
We have had some stunning sunrises and rainbows lately, but my camera can't capture them. And the whales were frolicking yesterday right below us in the Bay. Our guests saw a mother and her calf playing, jumping right out of the water. Again, these sights are impossible to photograph unless you are very very lucky. But luckiest of all is seeing these things in person!
On our expedition last Sunday to Hamakua we stopped at Papaikou, once a "sugar town." Here is the little post office that my late mother in law Helen used to take her letters and packages to.
Here is the old headquarters of the sugar company. Kathleen "Keena" Kam has worked on various materials stored in the building, attempting to put something of a history of the town together, but she is doing other things at present.
Her great gift to Papaikou is this mural of the old sugar days. Oh, and be sure to blow this up to see all the marvelous details. I think this is Keena's masterwork.
Laura was much taken with this woman in her field garb and was happy to pose with her.