Saturday, December 1, 2012

Georgia O'Keeffe and Hana, Maui

Black Lava Bridge, Hana Coast No. 1, 1939
by Georgia O'Keeffe
Image courtesy Honolulu Museum of Art

Following is an excerpt from the article O'Keeffe's Hawaii by Tony Perrottet, published in the November 30, 2012 edition of The New York Times:

"Despite initial reservations about the project, her many letters back home show that her experience of the then little-known Territory of Hawaii was a revelation. O'Keeffe ended up spending nine weeks on different islands, of which by far the most productive and vivid period was on Maui, where she was given complete freedom to explore and paint. Back on Oahu, where she first arrived, she had been incensed that Dole officials refused to let her stay on a working pineapple plantation because it was unseemly for a woman. When they delivered to her hotel a pineapple already peeled and sliced, she tossed it out in disgust. But on Maui she was able to seek out an unfiltered view of nature, and went directly to the most remote, wild and verdant corner of the island: the port of Hana.

She reported back to Stieglitz about Hana's dark rain forests, exuberant flora, black sand beaches and lava washed into "sharp and fantastic shapes." Staying on the Kaeleku sugar plantation, the notoriously prickly artist was given Patricia Jennings, the 12-year-old daughter of the plantation manager, as her private guide, and the two became unlikely friends; for 10 days the pair visited the sea caves, ruins and beaches, and later, with Patricia's father, made excursions to the dramatic Iao Valley and Haleakala Crater."

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Share This Peace With Others

YouTube video posted by TranscendentNation

In an interview with the Transcendent Nation Foundation titled How to Save the World, surfing legend Gerry Lopez shares his thoughts:

I've always thought that alcohol and drugs are overused and abused and they really don't offer no solutions to the mental and spiritual problems that we have.  But I found that yoga and surfing teach one how to live in harmony with nature and I think this is the foundation that we need to base our lives on.  Because really, we ain't going to be able to do much to make our planet healthier if spiritually and mentally you're not healthy.  The Dalai Lama says we're only here for a short time and we have to use this time on earth wisely.  He suggests that we try to find peace within ourselves and then share this peace with others.  When you do this, this is when you find the true meaning of life.  So I guess, life is all about trying to find that peace and that's what I'm looking for.  Try to live with aloha.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Road to Hana, Maui (NEVER SEEN BEFORE!)

Ford Model T and Waterfalls along 
the Road to Hana, Maui, c.1926
Real photograph postcard from our 
Vintage Hawaiiana collection. Aloha!

Excerpt from the book Paradise: Road to Hana, Maui by Pak So and Anna Tan:

"When the coastal road first opened in 1926, Hana celebrated with a luau lasting for two days. Even though the road made driving to central Maui possible, it was nothing more than a muddy path for many years. Stories abound of total strangers exchanging cars going in opposite directions when a mudslide suddenly stopped their forward progress."

. . . . . . . . 

The photograph shown above is an amazing early image of the Road to Hana, Maui that has just come into our Vintage Hawaiiana collection!!!  It's an incredible view of the famous road that we have never seen before in almost 15 years of collecting vintage travel photos and ephemera.  On the back of the real photograph postcard, a visitor to the islands has written in detail "No matter where you go in East Maui the scenery is very much like this. It is the most beautiful part of the island. I bought this picture so the Ford does not belong to us." Dating the AZO stamp box on the back tells us the print was more than likely made between 1926-30, at or near the time of the official opening of the spectacular coastal road. Amazing!

. . . . . . . . 

To learn more about the beautiful islands of Hawaii, please visit us at Trips of Wonder ( where you can see more incredible images of the Hawaiian islands and read the following detailed travel guides by authors Pak So and Anna Tan:

> Paradise: Island of Maui, Hawaii by Pak So and Anna Tan

> Heaven: Island of Kauai, Hawaii by Pak So and Anna Tan

> Peace: Island of Oahu, Hawaii by Pak So and Anna Tan

> Birth: The Big Island, Hawaii by Pak So and Anna Tan

> Live Simply: Lanai and Molokai, Hawaii by Pak So and Anna Tan

. . . . . . . .

A BIG ALOHA to you and your loved ones from the team at Trips of Wonder!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Anna Ranch, Waimea, Big Island of Hawaii

Photographs courtesy of Anna Tan 

When visiting the Big Island's South Kohala region of Waimea, be sure to leave time for a historic ranch house tour at the Anna Ranch Historic Home and Heritage Center. Anna Ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 65-1480 Kawaihae Road.

Foreword (all text below) excerpted from Hawaii's Incredible Anna by Ruth M. Tabrah, first published in 1987 by Press Pacifica:

The is the story of Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske, a truly remarkable woman of Hawaiian, English, and German Jewish ancestry who has lived an exciting and most unusual life in one of Hawaii's very special places - Waimea - Kohala, in the heart of the Big Island's paniolo country.

The title of her biography expresses exactly what she is - HAWAII'S INCREDIBLE ANNA. She is a tough, shrewd, hard-working cowboy and, at the same time, a strikingly beautiful, elegantly groomed great lady. To see her sitting at the captain's table on a cruise ship, dressed in a gold lame dinner gown, a white fox fur around her shoulders, a diamond tiara sparkling on the coronet of her dark hair, one would never guess that, at various times in her life, Anna has been a racing jockey, a butcher, and a truck driver. Throughout the islands of this fiftieth state, Anna's cattle-breeding expertise, and her fabulous black-tie dinner parties have both brought her renown. For hundreds of thousands of parade-goers - in Hawaii, at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, at the Calgary Stampede and the Lethbridge, Alberta Centennial celebration of the Royal Canandian Mounted Police, Anna will always be remembered as the Queen of the Pa'u Riders.

At an age when most women and men sit back in retirement, this incredible Anna is still a ranch owner, ranch boss, cattle buyer, business woman, and glamourous hostess. As she has been for all of her long life, Anna is a vibrant, charming and caring person who can, at the same time, be a formidable adversary when the occasion arises. She enjoys a well-deserved reputation of being a most powerful persuader when it comes to raising funds for charitable causes and she herself is a most generous benefactress. Her "Old Hawaii on Horseback", a spectacular pageant presented on the spacious front lawns of her ranch house, has long been one of the nation's most successful fund raisers for the American Heart Association.

Anna's dimunitive size and dainty, well-manicured hands are deceptive. She is a dynamo of energy - a strong, self-reliant woman who never considered being female an obstacle. With unflagging confidence and verve, Anna Perry-Fiske has made a name for herself in business and politics. She is both indomitable and assuredly feminine, surpassing most men with her stamina, gutsiness, and courage. With grit and determination, almost always on her own, she has coped with hard times, divorce, family crises, despair over a much loved hanai (adopted) child, and the everyday adversities of making a cattle ranch succeed in this highly competitive world. Her life has never been easy.

Of late years, Anna has survived injuries that would have led anyone to hang up their saddle for good - but her belief in herself, and her deep Christian faith, have sustained her. All these many facets of Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske's strong character makes hers the story of a life of challenge and amazing resilience, of living through failure to achieve success. She has always been at the crest of the waves of change that have washed through this twentieth century and thus her biography is rich in Hawaiiana and the anecdotes that make history vivid.

Here is also a feminist story, although Anna has never thought of herself as such. Those with concern for the emergence of women enjoying equal status with men will find that in her own decisive way Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske has set a pattern that young feminists can envy - and emulate. Not only has she pioneered in the development of Hawaii's modern ranching industry. She has earned the respect of women and men alike for her business acumen, her talent for innovation in cattle raising, range, and ranch management, and her political savvy as she has already won their admiration for her great beauty and charm.

How did all this come to be?

"It was my parents," Anna acknowledges. "My mother made me the lady that I am, and my father made me the man I am today!"