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Life on the streets of Varanasi….

Heading towards Assi Ghat ….

All kinds of transport in use…

Cows are everywhere along with their poos….being present is definitely an advantage…

They seem to love being in the centre of everything!!

Books stacked high….

A mural tucked away in one of the side streets….

Out the front of one of the many temples buckets of curd(I think) being distributed free….

Shrines abound …these two tucked under the spreading shade of a neem tree seem fairly popular.

To be cont…

Journey to India….

On arrival in New Delhi…. out of my hotel window…

Huge concrete flyover.. this one with trains.

Local transport….Heading north to Haridwar….

Passing through huge tracks of sugarcane…. an abandoned factory

I found these tree trunks fascinating…

Cows are everywhere….

Crossing the Ganga into Haridwar

Shopping…

Throughout the year millions of Indian families make the pilgrimage to Haridwar to farewell their loved ones and to bathe in the holy waters of Ma Ganga.

Hawaiian culture and celebrations alive and dynamic…

I was privileged to see and be part of Hawaii’s state celebration of Kamehameha’s life and the unification of the islands.

This took place in Hawi.

Part of the celebrations was Hula Ki’i a type of hula with Ki’i hawaiian puppets. This was a collaboration between two halaus (a group of Hawaiian hula dancers) one coming from the island of Kauai and a local big island group. One of the elders (kumu) of the Kauai halau was my friend Mauli Cook. Some highlights from a great day watching talented performers….

A hike down into the caldera at Volcano National Park

Early morning, blue skies, gentle breeze, fresh smells as the forest of ohios awakes…bird song bouncing through the tree tops. We’re prepared …chocolate, water and walking stick. The trail is damp from overnight rain, rocky and in some places steep. The colors are luminescent, shiny bright….

Mauna kea glimpsed through the forest canopy.