Monday, September 30, 2013

Jeanette Jobson Received Her Portrait.

What fun today was!  The Jeanette Jobson portrait was on its way to Flatrock, Newfoundland, Canada, as of September 25th and for the last few days I've been checking the FedEx website to watch the progress.  It wasn't scheduled to arrive until October 2nd, but it arrived today!  Jeanette sent me a wonderful email with a photo of her alongside the painting to let me know it was there.  You can visit this multi-talented artist's blog by clicking here 

She had the idea of swapping portraits, but only in a cyberspace way.  So much for the "plan".  We each now have a portrait and couldn't be happier.  Here "we" are:

 Jeanette sent me this photo today, shortly after her portrait was delivered.  She certainly seems happy. :)

And now that Jeanette has the real painting, here it was on 22 September, signed and drying, three days prior to shipment.  I told Jeanette no additional photos would appear on this blog until after she received the portrait.  This image is pretty close, in my opinion, to the real thing, but I wonder what Jeanette will think, now that she has the painting in-hand?

This is the reference photo Jeanette sent me.  If memory serves, I doctored it to make the values easier to see.

Jeanette's portrait of me.  She's a real pro:  A superb draftsman, perfectionist color mixer, creative and confident--she has no fear.  Her skills enabled her to complete this and have it in my hands since early September. 

Posted a few days ago, here, once again, is her portrait of me, framed, with a similar pose by the proud owner. :)

I hope everyone of you had a little fun in your day, too.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Aloha Festival Floral Parade.

The Aloha Festivals events take place throughout the month of September, culminating with the Floral Parade today.  We got up early and by a little after seven AM, the car was parked and we were seated at the Koko Cafe, one of the restaurants in the Hale Koa Hotel.

The parade was scheduled to begin at nine AM, so we had plenty of time to enjoy the many offerings at the breakfast buffet.  We followed the meal with a relaxing half-hour lounging in the open-air lobby.  The comfortable furniture, early wake-up and ample breakfast called for a nap, but it was soon time to scout-out a good place to view the parade.

Instead of joining what figured to be a large crowd along Kalakaua Avenue in the heart of Waikiki, we opted for a shady spot along Ala Moana Boulevard, just before it joins Kalakaua.  The morning sun was at our backs, so it was also a great spot for taking photos.

And, speaking of we go...

The view from Koko Cafe, located on the second floor of the Hale Koa Hotel.  The netting (a little hard to see) is to keep birds from taking over the restaurant.  The entire south side is open to the beach and beautiful Pacific Ocean.  It was a delightful way to start the day! :)

Here's a shot of the hotel lobby, also open air, with the sweetest Hawaiian music playing in the background.

Showtime!  A squad of Honolulu's Finest motorcycle officers led the parade.

This banner shares the theme of this year's parade.  Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

Every parade has a color guard and so it was today.

The first of many marching bands was from Punahou High School, famous for its excellent academic reputation and also because President Barrack Obama is a graduate.

This float was an award winner and it's easy to see why.

Another shot as it passed by.

Miss Hawaii.  We saw more beauty queens today than ever before.

The Royal Hawaiian Band was looking particularly festive today.

The Pa'u Queen offers her Aloha to the spectators.  There are traditionally eight equestrian units at the Aloha or Kamehameha parades. One to represent each island of the old Hawaiian Kingdom. Every article of clothing, accessory, color and the flowers chosen all have significance and meaning. There is a story and history behind everything. Red for example represents the  island of Hawaii, Kauai is purple, Molokai is green, Kahoolawe is the color grey, Lanai is orange, Niihau white, Maui pink and Oahu is the color yellow.

A close-up of Her Highness.

This float was true to the voyager theme and also won an award.

You can see the whale's tail as it begins to dive and a sea turtle, among other navigator/voyager themed items.

A few of the many musicians of Moanalua High School Marching Band.  We loved their uniforms.

There were quite a few vintage cars and hot rods in the parade.  This beauty is a 1933 Ford.

This Pa'u Princess represents the island of Kaho'olawe, the smallest of the eight main volcanic Hawaiian Islands.  It's located about seven miles southwest of Maui.

Her she is again.  I've featured the Pa'u Riders in my post about the King Kamehameha Parade.  The elaborate dress and floral decorations in their hair and those on the horses are magnificent.  Each of the eight main islands are represented by their Princess and specific colors.

The Sacred Hearts Academy All Girl Marching Band.  They were impressive.

The Pa'u Princess representing Ni'ihau.  It is located about eighteen miles from Kaua'i.  The island of Niʻihau was considered as a possible location for the United Nations headquarters in 1944 by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

This colorful float won the Mayor's Award.

Another view of the float.

Another beautifully restored auto, decorated in local flowers.

Princess of Lana'i.  Lana'i is separated from the island of Moloka'i by the Kalohi Channel to the north and Maui by the Au'au channel to the east.  It is also known as the Pineapple Island because of its former island-wide pineapple plantation.

The Kamehameha Schools Marching Band.  Kamehameha Schools is a private college-preparatory school in Hawai'i serving students from preschool to grade 12.  It operates 31 preschools statewide and three grade K–12 campuses in Kapalama, O'ahu, Pukalani, Maui and Kea'au, Hawai'i.  Kamehameha Schools was founded under the terms of the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a direct descendant of Kamehameha the Great and the last living member of the House of Kamehameha.  What a great band!

The last, but far from least, members of the band.

Standard Bearer for the Pa'u Rider representing Moloka'i.  It lies east of O'ahu across the 25-mile (40 km) wide Kaiwi Channel and north of Lana'i separated from it by the Kalohi Channel.  When Henriette was visiting, we could see Moloka'i from Sandy Beach.

Her Highness, The Pa'u Princess of Moloka'i.  I must say, these ladies exude a serenity, kindness and grace that embodies everything Aloha Spirit stands for.  They are loved by the people and it's easy to understand why.

These are the Ladies-in-Waiting to the Princess.

The Governor's Award winning float.

More of this award-winning parade entry.

The end of this float was amazing as was the view of the not-too-distant mountains behind.

The Navy Band.

Michele and a roadster.

The President's Award winner.

More of the President's Award winning float.  In the background, is Cheeseburger Waikiki, an open-air restaurant.  We headed there after the parade was over, to relax with a cold beverage before heading home.

This Pa'u Rider is the Princess from Kaua'i.  Kaua'i is the geographically oldest Hawaiian island.

The Pa'u Princess of the island of O'ahu.  The pa’u is a type of culotte made of a single piece of fabric, usually nine or 12 yards in length. The cloth is not sewn but simply wrapped around the rider in such a way as to flow over the stirrups and to the ground like a royal cloak. The pa‘u is only held in place by 6 or 8 rough surfaced kukui nuts that are twisted inside the fabric. The fold of fabric and nuts are then tucked into a string around the waist and pulled downward for a secure fit.

A closer view of the amazing adornment.

Pa'u Princess representing the island of Maui.  Hawaiian tradition tells us the origin of the island's name comes from the legend of Hawai'iloa, the Polynesian voyager who discovered the Hawaiian Islands.

 The Maui Pa'u Princess greeting the crowd.

Hey!  A parade entry from our neighborhood!

There she is.

Hawaii's largest island, called the Big Island or Hawaii Island, is represented by a Pa'u Princess adorned in red.

The final banner..."Mahalo", the Hawaiian language word for "Thank You".  It was quite a long day and a wonderful parade.  We were ready to sit down with something cool and relax.

Aloha!  After this refreshing Oktoberfest drink, we'd be heading home to relax and probably fall asleep while watching college football.  I hope your weekend is a festival, too. :)