It’s Photo Friday time again! I honestly love opening up the computer on Thursday night, knowing that Photo Friday is right around the corner. Some times the anticipation of getting to share with y’all is what keeps me going on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, this week in particular because it’s been rough at work and Sweet Husband has been out of town for a conference. Spending time editing photos and getting ready to share them with you has been a bright spot this week.
This week we are still in Hawaii, and just between you and me, I think we’ll be here for another three weeks. I was thinking through the photos I took, and that feels about right – a few sunrises, a tour around the island, and the Polynesian Cultural Center. This week, though, we are at the Nu,’uanu Pali – or Pali – lookout.
We were actually at Pali twice – once with our friend Brandy and again as part of our island tour with the the PCC. When they say that Pali is windy, believe them! I made the mistake of wearing a dress for our PCC experience, and I’m pretty sure that everyone saw my Spanx at least once. Live and learn, right?
This would have been a spectacular place to take a panorama shot, but I didn’t remember to do that. I need something akin to a shot list when I go on vacation because as I go through my shots, I frequently kick myself for what I didn’t shoot. Ideas for next time.
Pali is the site of the Battle of Nu’uanu, fought in 1795. During this fight, King Kamehameha I defeated the local forces to unite the islands of Hawaii. Many of the local warriors were allegedly forced off the cliffs and to their deaths during the battle. That is one of the stories.
The other story is that the warriors were not forced off the cliffs but rather due to the shame of defeat, they chose to leap to their deaths. According to our PCC guide, Pali remains a site where people come to commit suicide. He told us that was in fact how his youngest daughter came to his home.
One of the things that you will notice about Oahu is that there are chickens everywhere. I tried to snap a few pictures of them but they move so fast that none of them came out. Our guide, a Tongan who first came to Oahu in the late mid-60s to attend college and became a fire dancer on Waikiki beach, told us that one Sunday morning his wife told him that they needed to stop at Pali to check on their chickens before heading to church. Apparently she had released a couple of their chickens at Pali.
When they arrived, they notice a young woman at the edge of the cliff. He said that he felt sure she was planning to jump, and they moved closer to her, talking to her about the day and how she was. She was planning to jump. It wound up that she came home with them and became a part of their family – their twelfth child. With tears in his eyes, he said that in December she would be graduating from BYUH with a nursing degree.
It is entirely possible that he was not telling the truth; I can tend to be a bit gullible. Henry didn’t strike me as the type to create a story like that, though.
Pali was just another gorgeous stop on our tour of Oahu. I could have stayed there and looked forever. I might have even been interested in hiking down the old highway…if it were open. It was closed due to rock slides so that was not a possibility. It would have been nice to come at things from a slightly different perspective, though. Notice I did not say that I would have hiked back up. Someone would have had to pick me up at the bottom.
I hope you’ve enjoyed experiencing Pali for this week’s Photo Friday! I also hope that you aren’t ready to leave Hawaii because like I said – there is still about 3 weeks of photos to go!
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! As always, I cannot wait to see what you have for us this week!
Last week’s most viewed post came to us from Shiju Sugunan of Cranium Bolts who took us to a flower show! Plants make me very happy, and he shared some amazing ones!
Our final link was from Stephanie at In Her Lens, who shared a trip to a local state park. If you missed some of the links added later in the weekend, you missed some incredible work! Try to pop back over and take a look at a few of them 😉
Without further ado, it is time to get started with this week’s link-up! I can’t wait to see what you have for us!