The great outdoors

A view of Hualalai from the water
Hualalai from the water.
A sailboat enters Kawaihae Harbor
A sailboat returns to harbor.

This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Great Outdoors.’ See more responses here.

In Hawaii, people spend a great deal of time outdoors. It’s common for people to have an outdoor kitchen, sometimes their only kitchen, sometimes a second one where a barbecue is the featured cooking apparatus. Carports often feature chairs and tables with cars parked elsewhere. The lanai, or deck, is as well-used as any room in the house.

Outdoor activities are popular here, too. Many involve the ocean and its inviting water: swimming, snorkeling, paddling, and of course surfing. Plenty of people go fishing and hunting, longtime sources of food for the table.

For me, experiencing the great outdoors primarily involves hiking and snorkeling. Hiking isn’t especially popular here, especially along the coast where it can get quite hot. I get strange looks when I hike the length of popular beaches togged out in hiking gear, including shoes, hat, and fanny pack loaded with water. For most, the beach is a place for stretching out and broiling in the sun, not actively working up a sweat.

The vast majority of photos on this blog are taken in the great outdoors. These photos are a small selection of things I’ve seen while out and about, from sweeping views to birds and bugs.

A view of Kohala Coast from Koai'a Tree Sanctuary
A view of the south Kohala Coast from Koai’a Tree Sanctuary
View of Mauna Kea from Pu'u Wa'awa'a bench
A view of Mauna Kea from Pu’u Wa’awa’a.

21 thoughts on “The great outdoors

  1. Pingback: Sunday Stills: Under (And Over) the #Trees – Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

  2. Pingback: Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge: Writer’s Choice or Culture – Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

    1. Graham Post author

      I’m outdoors for a good portion of the day, every day, and I enjoy that a lot. We don’t get the long summer evenings of the PNW, but nor do we get the afternoon darkness of those winters. I always liked the different seasons there, but I admit, I do enjoy wearing shorts year round!

      Like

      Reply
  3. kzmcb

    It looks fabulous. I can see why you spend so much time outdoors and what a healthy lifestyle for people. It’s heartening that that hasn’t been altered by the technological advancements and changes, or at least not eradicated.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. Graham Post author

      I feel very fortunate that almost every day I can get outdoors for exercise. I’m not sure the outdoor barbecues are the healthiest lifestyle, but they sure smell good!

      Like

      Reply
  4. Terri Webster Schrandt

    The Big Island is a gem for the great outdoors, for sure, Graham! So many habitats and climate zones to explore. Snorkeling sounds perfect! My days of broiling on the beaches are over, I’ll take a good hike any day! Gorgeous images to boot! We ordered coffee from the Kau Coffee Mill and I think of the Maunas as we enjoy the coffee that is so unique to the area enhanced by the volcanic soil. Hoping for cooler weather here and keeping fingers crossed for an uneventful fire season in the west! I just opened my weather app and it shows over 100 all week and 113 here on Tuesday–egads! Guess the great outdoors will have to wait a few days ;/

    Liked by 2 people

    Reply
    1. Graham Post author

      I do like to hike too. I was out today on a fairly hot day and some locals went by looking at me like I’d lost my mind! I wouldn’t be out in the temperatures you’re getting though. I remember when 90+ was very unusual in western Washington. I don’t think it ever got to 100.

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s