Hookipa Point pano 10-27-15

High Surf at World’s Foremost Surfing Spot

Also, First Avocado Fruit of the Year at Rainbow Shower and Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concert

Today, Oct 27, 2015, the big winter surf officially arrived at Maui’s north shore.  Twenty to 30-foot white mountains rolled in and roared all afternoon.

I had just finished pruning our Rainbow Shower tree when I got a voice message from Elizabeth who was driving to an art class.

“I am just passing by Ho’okipa Point, and the surf is beautiful,” her voice message said.

By then, I had already received a high surf warning on my iPhone. The surf was supposed to be 20 to 30 feet. So I was not surprised.

I met Elizabeth on our local road on her way back from her class. We turned around and drove right back to Ho’okipa Point for a closer look.  Ho’okipa is one of the world’s foremost surfing spots, in case some of you may not be aware.

And this is what we saw… waves of about 20-25 feet on average, and maybe even some 30-footers or bigger. There were no surfers in the water, though. Too dangerous even for the pros.

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Elizabeth, normally scared of even the tiniest waves, looks in the above shot as if she is challenging the big ocean surf with her camera and pink dress. 🙂

First Avocado Fruit of the Year

IMG_4808 When we got back home, I continued my “farmer’s yoga” work, pruning some limbs off of our Avocado tree in gulch which I planted back in 2009. Lo and behold, we were also rewarded by our first avocado fruit of the year.

This Avocado tree has an interesting history. A neighbor gave it to us as a housewarming gift in a half gallon pot back in April 2009. I planted it near our house.  It died within a few weeks.

But I did not want to accept its death. So I dug up the roots and transplanted them down in the gulch. It came back to life but not for long. It died again after a few months.

Again, I did not want to accept its passing. I dug up its roots again and replanted them in a different spot near the Anahata-Huaca-Ahu, the sacred place and the shaman’s altar.

It evidently liked it there. Because it is now a 20-foot tall beauty, And is starting to bear fruit as proof of its good health and happiness.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concert Featuring World Renowned Soprano Sumi Jo

Along with the big surf, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the world renowned soprano Sumi Jo also arrived in Maui on Oct 27. And Elizabeth and I were on hand at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center to bear witness to and enjoy their brilliance.

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The guy I am seated next to during the intermission is the most loyal supporter of arts and culture on Maui.  He has never missed a single event at MACC. And is always so happy, smiling at everyone. It was my honor to be photographed with him. 🙂

After the concert, Elizabeth said, “after seeing all those operas around the world with you, and hearing so many different singers, I have to say that I think Sumi Jo was the best of them all.”

That’s quite a compliment. Because we have indeed seen MANY operas and heard dozens of excellent singers at some of the world’s most famous opera and concert venues.


The Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra will make its Maui debut in an exciting performance featuring soprano superstar Sumi Jo. Praised for her remarkable agility, precision, and warmth of her voice, and for her outstanding musicianship, the Seoul-born singer has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos by the world’s top opera houses such as La Scala and The Metropolitan Opera. Audiences around the world recognize Sumi Jo from her many recordings and appearances, including the closing ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games.

Maestro Jorge Mester, former music director of the Louisville Orchestra and Pasadena Symphony, will lead the HSO and Ms. Jo in a program of popular opera favorites, including music by Lehar, Offenbach, and Johann Strauss. Mester is a sought-after conductor in opera houses worldwide, including the New York City Opera, the Sydney Opera, and the Washington Opera.

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