Keeping with the theme of the change in seasons... Jaws broke yesterday! If you ever want to feel " camera lens envy" just watch the photographers shooting the waves come in on Maui. My Cannon 50D looked like a disposable camera compared to the amazing and HUGE camera lenses that show up to get the perfect shot! I will not even bore you with my sad photos.. here are some from the "heavy hitters"
Its true..There ARE seasons on Maui. While I will confess that I DO very much miss Colorado in the fall, Maui has come through for me! Last week the trade winds stopped and the Kona winds blew in. With that brought HOT weather, VOG conditions, and a general feeling of unease...Just as I felt like I was about to go crazy and that it would be better for me to catch an airplane back to Colorado so I could can some peaches and pick some apples, Maui brought in some amazing beauty...
The sky was purple and the water turquoise...
THEN The waves came back in full force... The kids and I played on the North Shore this week in amazement at the change in seasons...Maui style! Milo has been surfing at this beach for months but now we leave the Hookipa waves to the experienced surfers...
We sat and watched as 30 turtles marched up onto the beach
to rest for the night.Truly glorious!
The trade winds came back today and The VOG has cleared out, the temperature is again comfortable, the waves are back, and
Every September we celebrate Michaelmas. It is one of my favorite festivals in the Waldorf world.
It is the festival that recognizes the change from the external world to the internal one. We are meant to recognize aspects of ourselves or of our life that need refinement... A time to tame our inner dragons and then to rise victorious in the spring. Each Autumn brings new challenges to face and of course dragons to tame...This year feels different considering that we are celebrating the change of seasons island style. The changing of seasons is subtle on Maui and I find myself having to look even deeper to connect with the lessons of Michaelmas..
Art by Waldorf Mama...
Here are links to our past Michaelmas celebrations ... 2011, 2010, and 2009
What better way to start of KWCC than to break out my Silhouette cutter and make a freezer paper stencil? Lovely how the islands of Hawaii lend them self to a great stencil!
I learned a new trick when making the stencil this time around. When placing the freezer paper onto the Silhouette cutting mat, keep the shiny side UP! This made peeling the paper off of the sticky matt easy and there was no tearing. With the shiny side up it will not matter in how you cut the image if your image is symmetrical. But this stencil had a left and a right side so I had to flip the image on my computer so that the islands flowed the correct way.
Here is a copy of the image Hawaii Stencil and here it is flipped Hawaii2
This festival draws from the traditional European May Day but is centered around the Hawaiian custom of making and wearing lei. Grades 1-8 each perform a hula and are dressed in colors and leis that represent each of the Hawaiian Islands. It was a beautiful and reverent event. Milo was chosen as the Lei Day Prince for the 2nd grade because he represented the spirit of hula so well.
The Royal Court 2012
All of the grades dressed in different colors
The 2nd Grade Prince and Princess. Dressed in white to represent the
“Children are even as a branch that is fresh and green; they will grow up in whatever way you train them. Take the utmost care to give them high ideals and goals, so that once they come of age, they will cast their beams like brilliant candles on the world…”