You won't get it until you get there .............
Two artists arrived in Lanai and while taking in the peace of the island they realized most of the native birds were being eaten by the thousands of feral cats on the island. Loving both cats and birds they looked for a way to keep both of them safe and happy. And so the story goes of the birth of the Cat Sanctuary.
We loved it. The cats were so friendly. Five or six were waiting right at the gate to say hello. We rode from the Harbor in one of the two island taxi's which you need to call ahead and schedule. Really interesting driver with lots of local information. I've made a slide show from just some of the photo's we took on our visit.
Mele Kalikimaka In Hawaii
As I'm sure you can guess, Christmas came with the Christians, The Protestant missionaries who arrived in 1820 introduced the story and celebration of Jesus's birth but long before the Hawaiian had a 4 month celebration with the essence of peace and goodwill and all wars were forbidden. The early Hawaiians were a brutal group so getting them to all agree to a temporary truce was an early Christmas miracle.
Mary Dominis brought a Christmas tree and Santa Claus or Kanakaloka to the Hawaii's first Christmas party on the 24th of December 1858. King Kamehameha IV declared in an official holiday in 1862.
We can now enjoy decorations and lighting ceremony's throughout all the islands. A real stand out is at the Grand Wailea in South Maui which is available to the public. For those so lucky to be in Maui for Christmas - Enoy.
It sickens me to think of the reefs of living coral dying due in part to the sunscreen that's protects our skin. Congratulations to Hawaiian Airlines for getting into the solution!
This is copied from Hawaiian Airlines web site:
There has been a forty percent decline in Hawai‘i’s coral reefs since 2011. Pollutants play a role in this loss, including the more than 6,000 tons of sunscreen that end up in Island waters every year.
To help minimize the impact of sunscreen on our reefs, Hawaiian Airlines has teamed up with Raw Elements, a certified natural, chemical-free, reef-safe sunscreen company. As part of this reef preservation initiative, in April we are debuting a new inflight video — Reefs at Risk — on all North America widebody flights. Also during April, our flight attendants are providing a complimentary sample of Raw Elements’ “Eco Formula” sunscreen on all flights from North America to Hawai‘i. Guests will have the option of purchasing a regular bottle of the reef-safe sunscreen through the month of August at an exclusive, discounted price from our inflight Pau Hana cart.
This campaign supports Hawaiian’s ongoing sustainability initiatives and reinforces our commitment to protect our Islands’ pristine natural resources. Hawai‘i is a very special place, and we believe it is our kuleana, or responsibility, to care for our home,” said Avi Mannis, senior vice president of marketing at Hawaiian Airlines. “Through our exclusive partnership with Raw Elements, we encourage guests to join us in reducing our impact on these delicate coral ecosystems.”
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.