The hard part was returning - we've been home for a week now and other than an hour of sun yesterday, it's been cold, wet and rainy pretty much ever since our return. The studio seems extra quiet now too, after a week of hanging out with my co-conspirator (aka my husband).
So where did we go, you ask? We went to the Aulani, the new Disney resort on Ohau and pretty much stayed right there, enjoying everything the resort area had to offer.
|Snorkeling with sea turtles
I also snorkeled in the private reserve in Aulani's water park area. It's small, but stocked with fish from around the islands. Far more than I've seen on many a snorkeling trip and great fun at feeding time, when I could swim through swarming schools of fish and feel their swift movements in the water all around me.
|Feeding time at Aulani's Rainbow Reef
Other touches are simply beautiful. The curtains and shower curtains in our room featured kapa style prints. Kapa is the traditional Hawaiian bark paper.
And one day a week artisan Dalani Tanahy comes to Aulani to share her experiences and knowledge in this artform; it's history, the tools and materials and the challenges modern kapa makers faced helping to resurrect the knowledge from old accounts and extant artifacts as all of the original kapa makers were gone.
|Traditional tools for kapa making
|Dalani Tanahy demonstrating the pounding process
|Me playing with feathers and beads: Take 1
The project he started me on was supposed to be a feather bracelet lei made from dyed turkey feathers. I worked on it for a while with him, then later. But then I started wondering what would happen if I added beads. So you can guess where I went from there, working from my traveling bead box. I got most of the way during vacation, but finished up the last of it after our return home. Definitely room for exploration here!
|These arrived in the mail from Bobbie
She'd hosted a giveaway to celebrate her 100th blog post and I won these wonderful swirl beads from Thornburg Bead Studio. They just arrived in the mail yesterday, bringing with them the promise of spring. Thank you again Bobbie!