Enchanting Hawaii

Enchanting Hawaii

Aloha, and I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and that June is beautiful for you.

I was going through my photos folder, and I noticed so many cool moments that I was happy to capture during my 2 week vacation last year in Hawaii.

Photographs taken from my trip to Hawaii to share from my point of view endless beauty.

Waikki Beach - 2014 Sunset photo 1 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Locals and tourists happily swimming under the breathtaking sunset of Waikiki beach.
Hawaii - 2014 photo 2 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
A glimpse of Hawaii’s many traits, its volcanic ruggedness against the pristine blue of the unending sea. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the warm and wet coolness together …
Peacefu Place Hawaii - 2014 photo 3 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Tall gorgeous palm trees dancing to the sound of the wind.
Helemano Plantation - 2014 photo 4 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
I like the artwork around the Helemano Plantation. They have so many cute settings to pose behind, esp. for kids. Also they have an excellent work program for the developmentally disabled. A great community overall that you can feel good for supporting, and have a blast while you’re at it.
Worker at Dole Plantation - 2014 photo 5 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
This worker from the Helemano Plantation happily let me snap this shot.
Snaps Around Dole Plantation - 2014 photo 6 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
It’s a quiet afternoon at the Dole Plantation.
Pineapple - 2014 photo 7 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Pineapple in bloom, definitely if you are on Oahu, you have to visit the Dole Plantation to learn more about the many varieties of pineapples.
Papaya Tree - 2014 photo 8 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Papaya trees are all over the island.
Amazing old tree - 2014 photo 9 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Even trees express themselves in shape and posture if left alone.
photo 11 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
The Allamanda flower is a sturdy vine with firm and shiny leaves. Allamanda blooms continuously and can grow to a height of 50 feet (15m). However, it needs a fence or trellis for support, as well as well-watered soil.
Anthurium Flower close up - photo 12 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Anthurium flower close up, also called Tail Flower, Flamingo Flower and Laceleaf. It can be seen all over the island in different colors as well.
Hawaii Sky 2015 - photo13 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
A half rainbow … it’s been decades since I saw a rainbow, so when I snap this shot I couldn’t believe.

 

Mahalo Hawaii!!!

Oh Oahu

Oh Oahu

Hi to all! Feels like forever since my last post on the the New Year. The festivities are officially over and I’m slowly returning blogging again. I caught a very bad cold and cough and spend more than three weeks inside the house in a quarantine mood, between bed and couch, so weak that was impossible to do anything. The cough was the worst part and took a lot of energy out of me and hurt the stomach and throat.

I’m feeling so much better now and have my strength back, working almost full time with new projects and in process of updating the new Bella Bohemian Boutique since this year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Stay tuned in the meantime don’t forget to stop by for your Valentine’s Day gifts  😉

Last year we had a wonderful trip to Hawaii where I wrote a few posts about Maui (Part 1, Part 2) our first stop. Since I hadn’t had the time to continue to write my adventures, today I’ll start the first post of the year to continue the story in photos and words of this beautiful island.

Waikiki Sky -1 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

After Maui we were very pleased to be in Ohau. Though to my surprise the island was very busy with a lot of tourists from everywhere especially Asians. We went around the end of September to the middle of October, thinking there would be less people … Also the weather was temperamental from one Island to the other. One side was a pretty with blue skies, the other side was hot and humid without any wind. (This time we stayed in Kailua)

Soon we left Kailua and drove to visit Waikiki where we had (what was to us ) this unusual experience as we hit a strong rain storm that shook the Jeep, it was unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before and with thunder too.

Father & son fishing together - 2 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
I adore this photo of father and son fishing together. I had to stop by and take it. I took a few shots but this one was the closest I could get. I didn’t want to disturb or even intrude on their moment.
Waikki beach - 3 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Beautiful day in the blue water on Waikiki beach.
Waikki - 4 model Naomi photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
I saw this lovely lady modeling/photographed for a wedding bridal boutique on the streets of Waikiki. And she graciously let me take this photo. Thank you Naomi!!
Dole Plantation - 5 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Dole Pineapple Plantation.
Lovely statue - 6 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
I’m fascinated by the beauty of this statue.
Red-crested Cardinal - 8 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
It wasn’t easy to take this photo, took me a lot of patience and waiting for a while — Red-crested Cardinal.

 

Marvelous Maui — Part 2

Marvelous Maui — Part 2

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome to brand new week. Hope you all are doing amazing …

Today I’m closing the Maui trip with few more photos from around the Island. I really enjoyed this place, from the peaceful warm beaches, surrounded by various shapes of trees, the amazing food and the beauty of the tropics. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did taking them.

,❤❤❤,

 

Being Grafetful Maui 2 -photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Maui Flower 6 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Maui Overview 7 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Here is a little list of delicious restaurants to try:

Nuka: Authentic Japanese food

Ulupalakua Ranch: The Best Burgers in the island

Paia Fish Market: One of the MUST VISIT food spots in Maui, so worth the wait trust me

Makawao Steak House: Spectacular food and incredible service

StopWatch: They have one of the best fresh Hawaiian beers on tap, tasty sandwiches and great service

Marvelous Maui

Marvelous Maui

Greetings! (◠‿◠) 

One of the most precious words in the Hawaiian language is ‘aina, meaning the land. A truly unique island with many hidden jewels, raw beauty, cool air and is extraordinarily inspiring in so many ways. You just need to be open to see and let your body feel the joy of this magic island, definitely another world. I’m just hoping the development in the island stops sometime as I’m wondering how much growth and progress we need in our lives before we start considering the preservation of our natural environment, appreciate what’s there and behave responsibly by e.g. recycling more….

Exploring Maui is like an exciting adventure and a taste of Paradise: In this post you will see photos from the Twin Falls, ocean view from the Marriott Hotel, Lahaina Harbor, the exotic Protea Flower, a tunnel of trees on the Road to Hāna and a few more shots from around the island. It’s so worth the drive and to be able to discover amazing places on the way.

Have a beautiful weekend and MAHALO!

.. don’t forget to greet people with the Hawaiian shaka!

Twin Falls - Maui photo 1 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Bird of Maui photo 3 - by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Maui ocean view from the Marriott Hotel photo 4 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Statue from the lavender farm - Maui photo 5 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Lahaina Harbor - Maui photo 6 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Protea Flower Maui photo 7 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Lavender Fields - Maui photo 9 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Road to Hãna Maui - photo 8 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Back from Hawaii

Back from Hawaii

Aloha to all!

I’m back from an amazing trip to Hawaii. It’s my second time there but my first in Maui. What a great experience it was, full of adventure. We got up every morning around 7:00 AM to the sound of the roosters and many other birds which were singing like at a competition. We ate breakfast at our lovely Bed & Breakfast which was a historical site that had been around since at least 1924 in the town of Makawao.

In this post you will see the other side of Maui though my eyes and camera. We were surrounded by stunning farms, a winery, gorgeous lavender fields, beautiful rolling pastorall hills with happy cows laying or moving about amidst lush vegetation, mixed together with lovely birds all in perfect harmony like a big happy family. That’s what Nature is all about when you leave it alone and just let it be.

The views were breathtaking with pure fresh breezes going though our noses and giving our souls the sensation of truly being at peace.

Towns such as Paia, Makawao and of course Lahaina had a great selection of charming shops, galleries, artist studios, cafes, restaurants and friendly people. At the same time there was plenty of chance to also get away from it all to just take in and appreciate all the natural beauty and wonder of this place.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Big Hugs!

Maui 2 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Maui 3 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Love Birds - Maui 4 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me Maui 5 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Maui 6 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Maui - Lavender Fields 7 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Hard Rock Cafe – Hawaii

Hard Rock Cafe – Hawaii

Hello everyone and Happy March!

Today I would like to share a few more photos that I took last year in Hawaii. Since the year passed by so fast I didn’t have much time to post or talk about all the cool places I’ve seen. Today I would like to dedicated this post to the Hard Rock Cafe.

I have been to a lot of Hard Rock Cafes, but this one is the coolest. Great atmosphere with good view and fresh breeze from the balcony. It’s clean with a lot of relaxing space between tables. Also I was impressed by the musical memorabilia: I really liked checking out all the guitars and took a lot of photos.

Now let’s talk about the food. I don’t normally eat in chain restaurants but this one was great. First, they have various appealing dishes on the menu, lots to choose from. I ordered a “Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich” and my fiancé ordered a “Grilled Sirloin Steak” the smell of this meal was incredible and for drinks a pitcher of sangria. And later for desert we shared a “Chocolate Mousse Bite”. We stayed for a while because the timing was perfect and pleasant and there were no lines of people waiting for tables.

I saved for last to talk about the service. From the beginning we had a great hostess and a super friendly and attentive waitress. She was great in so many ways, very well trained as was the general staff. Even their uniforms were clean.

I made a little collage so you have some idea of the restaurant… I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my travelings / photography / restaurant review.

Have an amazing weekend! 

 

Hard Rock Cafe photo by Rhônya Holman

Hard Rock Cafe - Honolulu 2 by Bella Bluelf

Hard Rock Cafe girls photo by Rhônya Holman

-All photos by me

Hawaii and New Blog Layout

Hawaii and New Blog Layout

Hello! I’m back from a little vacation to Oahu to recharge my batteries. After we landed, we hopped into our jeep and went on to explore the Island. Hawaii is beautiful with amazing landscapes, friendly people, blue skies, crystal clear water of unearthly turquoise with lush vegetation and white sandy beaches and delicious food. Maybe three days were rainy, but then the sky cleared and left us with fresh breezes and the lovely smell of the wet earth. After that every day felt amazing, like living in paradise.

So I hope you enjoy the photos and the new blog layout. I will be back soon with more updates and Hawaii photos. My travel articles tend to spread out a bit. That’s because I enjoy every moment and exploring other countries and places are magical moments for me, moments that I pick out individually when the mood strikes.

Have an amazing week and a lovely  July 4th for those in the US.

 

Hawaii 2013 Bella Bluelf by Rhônya Holman

I met this lovely couple, Helen & Dick Fisher, from Seattle. Every year, for the last 20 years, they’ve visited Hawaii and take pictures with the same photographer (Dino), together all dressed with his birds, celebrating their wedding anniversary. This was their 60th anniversary — many blessings to them!

These moment are precious to me.

Hawaii 2013 Bella Bluelf by Rhônya Holman

Hawaii 2013 Bella Bluelf by Rhônya Holman

– All photos by me