Living Aloha

Wrapping up another week in Hawaii…

Finally saw some popular hiking spots on Oahu this trip! Beautiful.

^Waterfall at Manoa – The end of the hike for most, although there is an option to continue climbing the mountain to reach the top of this fall. Next time, with better shoes and an earlier start.

^Diamond Head Lookout – A quick hike, close to Waikiki with great views.

^Manoa Falls Hike Path – Muddy and wet, it was a bit rainy today.

^Manoa Falls Hike Path – Jurassic Park and Lost both filmed some scenes at Moana Falls. Hiking this easy trail is like being on another planet! I love the tropical, jungle atmosphere of the area.

 

Spring Equinox, Start Fresh

This past weekend the Spring Equinox rolled into effect, typically observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land.

2016 is the earliest recorded vernal equinox since 1896.

The spring equinox marks the time when day and night are approximately equal in length, a phenomenon caused by the Earth having no tilt in its orientation to the sun. True east and true west are at the exact spot where the sun rises and sets. The equinox is also the time when the sun crosses the equator from south to north for the first time each year.

It’s a time to plant seeds and set intentions!

The very act of planting, of beginning new life from seed, is a ritual and a magical act in itself. To cultivate something in the black soil, see it sprout and then bloom, is to watch a magical working unfold before our very eyes.

The equinox is a reminder to focus on the future and visualize the possibilities, desired outcomes.

I am feeling so in-sync with the earthly cycles lately. Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and I’m ready for the adventure.

 

Conservation Required

I’m obsessed with all of the beautiful plant life in California: palm trees, succulents, moss, vines, so many vibrant flowers…

Such a different landscape here on the West Coast, as compared to growing up on a farm in the Midwest. The ground feels different, the plants here in San Diego, alien-like and fascinating.

I am so appreciative to be able to wake up and take a walk each day, surrounded by these lovely things, sprouted from the earth. Surely, this is a feeling that most California transplants experience. 

The sense is a little surreal, especially in juxtaposition with my lifelines back home, posting photos of snow and sleeping trees. Although, the snow has been so minimal this winter, it doesn’t feel the same. 

It’s got me thinking about climate change, and the rate at which our earth is being altered.

It’s scary.

We need to conserve our natural resources and change the harmful ways in which we’re slowly draining the earth.

We could make a change if we would all just commit.

Here is just one of many petitions to encourage global citizens to speak up about climate change,  this one originating in South Africa by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The Change.org petition calls upon U.S. President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to set a target of 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Radical, yes. But, possible with cooperation and tireless work. It’s all part of a bigger picture, that so many of us are failing to recognize. 

Click here to lend your voice to the solution! It takes literally, one minute. 

Photo taken in my backyard, 3/12/16.

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It’s International Women’s Day!

How can we celebrate International Women’s Day 2016? Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to taking action. #PledgeforParity 

  • Help women & girls achieve their ambitions
  • Challenge conscious and unconscious bias
  • Call for gender-based leadership
  • Value everyone’s contributions equally
  • Create inclusive, flexible cultures
  • Further Gender Parity Resources

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Google released a short video for Tuesday’s Doodle that salutes the aspirations of women around the world.

Shot in 13 cities and in several languages, the film asks women to finish the statement, “One day I will …” The crew spoke to 337 women as they criss-crossed the globe, recording dreams from discussing the environment with the Pope to playing major league baseball and seeing that every girl has an education.

Watch out for notable appearances from anthropologist Jane Goodall and Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai.

[Google]