Saturday, February 4, 2012

Aloha to Sand Island State Recreation Area

Diamond Head from Sand Island

On Thursday, I visited Sand Island - a strip of land that encloses Honolulu Harbor.  It is crowded with the Coast Guard, shipping companies, and other industrial activities.  But the state saved the oceanside beach as a recreation area this link.  

The beach was almost empty.

I bumped into a friend who combs 
the beach for glass stones - can you find
the heart shaped blue glass?

This fisherman hoped to catch dinner.

This keiki (child) watched the fisherman.

Tourists say goodbye to Hawaii.

I found a frog .... 

.... and a car.

They make the perfect pair!

I try to capture the kai (ocean) spirit ..... 
.... as it wrestles with the WWII barriers.

Crashing onto the beach.

The Star of Honolulu departs for its lunch cruise.

The Star awaits for the tug and barge to pass.

It sails by the docked cruise ship.

A hydra foil also departs .... 

.... and passes the cruise ship.

The Aloha Tower (center) stands
guard over the harbor.

What would be in a mural to represent your town?   One randomly selected commenter will win a book choice from my convention stash.   This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, February 10, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 11.


Kim in Hawaii


  1. Our wee town is not as warm as yours at the moment.
    we do have our history During the 19th century, the area was part of the underground railroad Uncle Toms Cabin, Battle of the Thames , Tucumseh are just a few...
    We are close to lake Erie & Rondeau love to go & walk the beach searching our Glass Stones & drift wood.
    have a good one Ann/alba

  2. Joshua trees, sand, and poppies

  3. What beautiful pictures!

    The mural would have blue skies, trees, and a train.

  4. It would include pics of the crowded and busy streets of 42nd Street, the marquees of Broadway, Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty.

  5. Wonderful pics, Kim! I love all the shades of blue & sand. No entry for me. Good luck to everyone!

  6. Great pics and commentary. Our town would have a picture of the green and the old school house on it.

  7. Congrats to the winners. Wonderful pics. Pittsburgh has a beautiful skyline. We have the Point with a beautiful water fountain that merges on our 3 rivers. We also have a couple of historical inclines that leads up to Mt. Washington with the best view of all.


  8. Congrats to the winners. Love the picture...the heart shaped blue glass is so cute. The mural for San Diego would have to have water in it, sailboats, our lighthouse, and pics of the military with navy ships/fighter jets, etc.

  9. Congrats to the winners. I loved the pics you shared. I think what would be in a mural ehre would be scorpions, rattle snakes and cactus.

  10. Thanks great pics, whoo

  11. Congrats winners! Awesome photos! Hmm... a mural for my town. I live in a small town on the Oregon coast. It is small but actually the biggest on the Oregon coast. It would have to have the historic McCullogh bridge and some oldtime loggers, fisherman and crabbers. Some beautiful mountains and dunes. Beach scenes would be a must too, maybe our lovely lighthouse.

  12. Congrats winners. Pics were great Kim. I could almost feel the spray of water as those waves broke. :)
    I guess there's be pics of Thomas Edison's lab, forests and lakes and cherry trees in summer.Thanks for sharing your pics Kim.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  13. Congrats, Kim H & Winnie! I think a mural of my community would include references to The Chisholm Trail, cattle drives, and Indian Tepees. Kim, I received a similar frog for Christmas (because I collect whimsical frogs for my garden!) - mine has a straw hula skirt though!!

  14. Love the photos! And we'd love your review of beach / area here too: