Be Still for a Moment While the Earth Keeps Spinning

by Ekua on March 26, 2015 in captured on memory card,Hawaii,local discoveries,the natural world

I have a piece of Pele in my house. It’s a large lava rock that was too tenacious to be removed when they were building the house. So the house was built around it, and they left the rock in the corner as an accent piece.

To me, it’s become so normal to have this rock inside the house. But inevitably when someone comes over, they exclaim, “There’s a lava rock in here!” And then I ruminate again about the impermanent and willful volcanic nature of the Big Island and how in so many ways, you can never separate the outdoors from the indoors here. At home, most people would rather be on their lānais than inside, and at any given moment, there is probably a gecko in your house.


The calm at this beach belies a fiery past, one where lava grew an underwater volcano until its peak pierced through the top of the sea. And after the peak emerged, the lava and the ocean worked together to create this beach and continue to commingle in beauty as rocks and waves.

After a long day of weekend work in February, I came to this beach to finish a good adventure book, sit in silence, watch the sunset, and be nowhere but here. If you were to look at the pictures in my phone since I moved to the Big Island, you might come to the conclusion that I spend a significant amount of my free time observing the sun as it sets over the Pacific. There’s no such thing as watching too many sunsets.

I read the last few pages of my book and sighed with the satisfaction and wistfulness of completing a good story for the second time. And then I stood, taking in this moment quietly, with reverence for the way land builds itself; for the way the haze accents the big orange ball of a sun; for the way the wind, currents, sun, moon, and earth make the lucid ephemeral curvature of the waves; for the way the world keeps on spinning to create moments like this.

Lava rocks and ocean at a beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Tree at a beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Wild at a beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Sunset at a beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

View of Mt. Hualalai from a beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

afroninas April 13, 2015 at 12:26 pm

We love sunsets too. That beach you were… it’s amazing! As you said, there is nothing like quietly observe the sun going down, well taking pictures of it could be the only thing. Keep enjoying and please share the views!


Mary R May 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

Hey! Great to see you’re still enjoying beautiful places around the world! I really enjoyed Wild too- reminded me of so many fun encounters on the road!


Ekua August 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Hi, Mary! Definitely still enjoying the beautiful places, but unfortunately, I have less time to write about them at the moment 😛 I’m now two trips behind and have barely touched my Hawaii adventures! Good to see that you’re still exploring too! I loved Wild even more the second read. It’s always a joy to read about the experiences of relentless female adventurers.


Sunanda July 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Hi there! Stopped by after a long time. Nice to see you’re in Hawaii now and enjoying travel. And still the same inspirational writing. It was wonderful reading the post with the sound of the waves in the background. Hope to read more of your adventures.


Ekua August 14, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Glad you haven’t forgotten about my blog! I have a lot of catching up to do here, but I am determined to get around to it eventually.


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