Tuesday, January 24

Them are Ducks....

We've got nine new ducklings in the neighborhood. They are probably just a day or two old. 
So darn cute!!

Monday, January 23

Do Something Good...

Aloha Everyone!

 Saturday,  Ron and I spent the day doing something GOOD!!  Along with 200 volunteers, we participated in the 2nd annual Coastline Cleanup Day at Anahola Beach Park. The event sponsors were: Sustainable Coastlines, Kauai Surfrider and B-Rad Foundation.  The cleanup was from Donkey Beach to Papa`a Bay (which is roughly 5 miles).  There was 14,200 lbs of rubbish, marine debris, ropes and nets removed from our shores. It was a fun experience working along side men, women and kids who are passionate about keeping our island trash free. 

getting signed in

Ron's first major Beach Cleanup

Ron pulling ropes from the rocks
My favorite beach find of the day. I took him home and gave him a
much needed bath, he has a new life!!

Can you see the seal.....he was happy we were cleaning up his "hood"

Pulling up a sofa from the beach

my friend Heather (red) and Barbara (founder of Kauai Surfrider in grey)

Moms and kids doing cleanup

Yay for the keiki (kids)

Some of the 14,200 lbs of debris

so much junk...it's sorted ,reused, recycled and very little ends up in the landfill

Pizza for a job well done!!
Another one of the seals

Sunday, I went back to the beach hoping to find the seals, unfortunately  I found our pristine beach of yesterday littered with a new wave of plastic.
 Stupid me didn't take a bag to collect rubbish. 
The following is 138 plastic tubes known as oyster spacers that I gathered,
it was all that I could carry back to the car. 

Go Do Something GOOD!!


Tuesday, January 17

Whaling Wall....Day 2

Bright and early Sunday morning Wyland was back at it. Today we would watch as a honu, octopus, monk seal and various reef fish would come alive.  Due to other obligations Sunday afternoon, I was only able to watch as the honu was painted.  Monday morning I was treated to a completed mural.  The whole mural is just beautiful and I am grateful that I was able to witness this work of art being created.  Hope you've enjoyed the photos.


Monday, January 16

The Making of a Whaling Wall.... Day #1

Warning...Lots of photos!!

Wyland, a world renowned marine wildlife artist has been here on Kauai for the past few days to recreate his original Whaling Wall on the old Longs Drug Building.  The original mural had suffered dry rot and needed to be replaced. Wyland offered his time and talent for free to update the wall. 

I watched in awe as the wall came to life.  The famous NaPali Coast and a full moon in the back ground,  a Humpback Whale mom and calf take center stage in his newest creation.  Chances are if you've seen a whale or other marine life on a large canvas (ie: side of a building) its probably Wyland's work.

working on the Na Pali
hmmm.....it's coming

Wyland taking a much deserved break

the 'ghosting in" of our humpback

and the calf

always chatting with the crowd

more paint

once he set the eyes, the animal came alive

the artist's palette

end of day one

some final touches on the whales

a couple hours into day 2.
More photos tomorrow as Wyland adds to his masterpiece.

Blessings, Val