Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Trip to Hawaii

Aerial of Waikiki and Ala Moana, Honolulu, HawaiiImage via Wikipedia

 Hawaii is beautiful. The mountains and trees are amazing, and I just wish I could have seen more of the islands. I guess that gives us more reason to go back one day. My husband and I went to Oahu and stayed in Waikiki, which in my opinion is very over priced and too built up. It takes away from the island feel for me. They've got every upscale store you can think of- stores i would never go in. Give me a thrift store any day! So from one extreme to the other, there are many homeless on the island as well. While running one morning we saw some sleeping on the beach, and while walking and riding The Bus, I saw many "homes" made of grocery carts and sheets. I even saw a man get his lunch from a trash can. It really makes you appreciate what you have when you see what others don't.

 Overall, we had a great time. I can't wait to go back to see and do more. A few people thought I was a local, and someone thought I was Polynesian. There are a lot of Filipinos there. I wouldn't mind living on an island, but my husband wouldn't like it. He would rather just visit.

 When I got back, a friend asked me if the water was clear. I had to think for a second and I told her the water is not as clear as the US Virgin Islands. So I was doing a little research and I think I may have figured out why that is. Hawaii is in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. According to Wikipedia, "The garbage patch occupies a large and relatively stationary region of the North Pacific Ocean bound by the North Pacific Gyre (a remote area commonly referred to as the horse latitudes). The gyre's rotational pattern draws in waste material from across the North Pacific Ocean, including coastal waters off North America and Japan. As material is captured in the currents, wind-driven surface currents gradually move floating debris toward the center, trapping it in the region." C'mon people, reduce, reuse, recycle!! This plasic in the water is photodegrading and will ultimately affect the food chain, which includes you and me! It is also killing off Albatross birds that eat the floating plastic or feed it to their young.

 So it's been a fulfilling and educational trip.  Now I'm back on on the Mainland, back to reality, and back to work. Oh, by the way, you can definitely take crochet hooks in your carry-on in an airplane.

Now back to your regularly scheduled craft blog...  
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Project Kaisei said...

Ocean Voyage Institute is making a HUGE effort to clean up this mess. They are currently raising funds to go the North Pacific Gyre this summer with a team of volunteers to collect the plastic and trash that has accumulated there, as well as researching environmentally friendly ways to dispose of it. You can help save our oceans and the wildlife that live there by visiting, as well as posting our website on your pages!

daperfectmix said...

Thanks for the info! I will definitely check out the website.