Colors of Haliewa

Our family adores


on Oahu’s North Shore.

It’s old Hawaii

so there’s not a single hotel

and NO ONE rushes

or worries about much at all.

Snapped these images

at Pipeline in ’08

of amateur

surfers down the beach

from the pros where everyone

else hovered.

all photos mine

Living in my swimsuit,

watching my family surf

(they’re still learning),

hiking the beach,

visiting with sea turtles and seals

(they come right up to shore),

and eating shrimp and sticky rice

from a graffiti-inked truck

for lunch is my paradise.

And the moments shared

with my husband and sons

at our secret beach are like

sea glass gems in my crown.

linking today with Wow Us Wednesdays


Revisiting the colors of

sea, sand, and sky,

the scent of plumeria infused air,

the warm sand,

and the roar of the waves

is a reminder even now




To let it go.

To hang loose.

No matter where we

are planted.

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. July 13, 2011 / 1:56 pm

    Lovely post!
    Now that i live on the Pacific Northwest Island i hope to one day visit Hawaii. Always been a dream of mine!

    Pamela xo

  2. July 13, 2011 / 2:38 pm

    I just saw your kitchen there and left a comment. I love your house.. it's so serene, almost spiritual.

    Listen, these pictures rock! I can't get tired of seeing the 2 surfers, it looks out of a movie. So profound…. the 1st pict is also amazing. That sky! The last one represents paradise.

    So much love to you, sweetie.


    Luciane at

  3. July 13, 2011 / 3:10 pm

    thank you so much, luciane!! i must admit at first when i saw the post i thought 'what in the world have i opened myself up to?' then i saw the humor in it all. it's a friggin spare kitchen used by crazy teens and their very tidy parents! i'm glad we all have different comfort levels and tastes, it keeps things spicylovely.


  4. July 13, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    That looks like a gorgeous place. The colors are wonderful. I would love to visit one day. And I agree, enjoy where we are planted!

  5. July 13, 2011 / 11:53 pm

    Beautiful images, would love to spend a week or two or three there…
    Love your words…after a hectic two weeks they speak to my soul. I think a drive to the coast is in order this weekend….
    Have a lovely day, Kerry

  6. July 14, 2011 / 1:11 am

    Michele, sounds like you and your family have a wonderful time and make many beautiful memories here. Loved your kitchen and left a comment. We have to admint we were a bit steamed at the negative comments. You have to just laugh at rude people. XO Angela and Renee

  7. July 14, 2011 / 10:11 am

    Hey gorgeous,

    Oh my goodness! I've just come over from following your link to your kitchen. Are you okay? I know there were some lovely comments (as there jolly well should be – your kitchen is gorgeous) but also some rather strongly worded ones. I guess people forget that the rooms we see belong to a REALLY person with REAL feelings!!

    But I know you (in all your Stepford Wife glory! Haha!!! I'm sure there was a alimentary in r there somewhere in that particular comment) and you rock, missus.


  8. July 16, 2011 / 5:47 pm

    *This* is paradise! I cannot imagine a more amazing and blissful holiday.

    I wish I had visited sooner, my lovely… I've just visited desire to inspire and I really hope you're only taking in the lovely comments (including mine) and shrugging off the pathetic unsavoury ones.

    Love to you, sweet lady!

    Meera xx

  9. July 21, 2011 / 10:55 am

    how beautiful! these are gorgeous photos. stopping by from savvy southern style.

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