The Villager Voice

Since I’ve shared a fair portion of my sabbatical study work with you over the past six weeks, I thought I’d change things up a bit on my return and share some other bits of our trip, two things we did and one we didn’t.

Climatologists tell us there are fourteen distinct identifiable climates in the world.  The big island of Hawai’i itself boasts eight of them.  Driving from the grasslands of the north, past the sandy beaches of the west and into the rainforest of the east, we experienced a handful of them in one day.  Our visit to the Volcanoes National Park in particular took us from a warm humid morning into a windy drizzly afternoon whose fog and mist, unfortunately, occluded some of the Kilauea Volcano whose rim we were traversing.  But we did manage some decent photos, most of which featured a trace of rainbow.  (To be honest, barely a day went by without seeing a rainbow somewhere in Hawai’i.)

Several days later we took grandson Connor to Pearl Harbor to visit the USS Arizona Memorial.  Those of you who have seen it know the sheer emotional power it conveys.  We felt it important that he see it, and I don’t know what his parents told him about it in advance, but in most of the photos we took of him, he stands solemnly in a salute.  The wall of remembrance at the memorial includes the name of my maternal grandmother’s brother, Seaman Second Class Stanley P. Orzech, who lost his life in the attack.

On another weather-related note, we never did get to watch the moonrise and see the stars from Mauna Kea.  On the handful of days we had the opportunity, the forecast was for cloudy skies.  We did see plenty of stars on our trip, and while south of the equator I finally got to see the Southern Cross for the first time.  But no luck on Hawai’i – for us anyway.  But daughter and son-in-law Blythe and Adam did ascend the mountain; they rented a four-wheel drive, the only type of vehicle permitted to access the peak.  Unfortunately, the clouds stymied their quest as well, but at least someone from the family made the pinnacle!

It was wonderful to be back in church and worship with you at last night’s Maundy Thursday service.  Today we will gather at noon to hear the story of Jesus’ passion.  Sunday morning we greet the resurrection at our Sunrise Service at Deep River’s Fountain Hill Cemetery at 6:30 am (I’m including a couple sunrise pics from our trip to inspire you), and our Easter Day service at church will be at 10:00.  You may find the links to the bulletin and service here:

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