Night Hikes

My day completely got away from me and after a long rough one, I decided to hike it out!  Sometimes I just end up cooking a big fatty meal and other days I end up just being a fat blob and watching TV, today was going to be different. I freakin live in Kaua’i! Me, Aaron Villa, in Kaua’i! Never in a million years did I think I might move to Kaua’i!!

Back to the point, a hike at night was not really my intention and usually this hike takes about an hour (2 miles total). This is the Sleeping Giant. There are two trails for this hike that diverge about 3/5th of the way to the top.  I took the shorter route due to the time I had not knowing the sun was already rapidly descending! This made for the perfect weather but coming back down the mountain in the dark was quite entertaining!

The highlight was my descension, the lights over the Kapa’a skyline were magnificent.  Being a city of about 17 thousand people and the biggest on the island, it still feels very small and is not completely cluttered with light.  

Enjoy this photo by me, Aaron Villa

Downtown Kapaa at night from Sleeping Giant trail

Photo by Aaron Villa of Wailua River mouth

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Hanakapiai Beach 

What a perfect morning for a hike and a snorkel. 

Along the Kalaua trails you will find many little nooks and crannies of perfection.  From caves to scenic vistas, snorkeling in the ocean to floating beneath a 300 foot waterfall.  

This morning I decided to pack in my snorkel and fins so that when I made it back to beach I was ready!  I always end up taking a simple short dip in ocean on my first stop along the hike but today I made it my final destination; my purpose. 

I snorkeled for about an hour all around the rocks and little bit of reef boarding the beach front. Although there are much better spots for snorkeling on Kaua’i, today’s adventure provided the most beautiful schools of fish. There is always something magical to me when I can sojourn into someone else’s world even if but for a moment. To float only a few feet away and be apart of their world was beautiful. I wish I could join them for a day to experience truly their world. Take me to school! 

Although it takes about 45 min to an hour to hike the two miles up and down a few different valleys it is worth it to be so secluded (and without cell service!!!) 

My suggestion is to pack light but always bring a little bit more food and water than you think you need. The heat, hike and terrain lend itself to exhaustion. Avid hikers can be found suffering all along the trail. This is not say this some crazy difficult hike because it is not. It just requires a little forethought and planning.  

Conclusion: Take your time, bring your best friend, enjoy the views and soak up all of God’s beauty. He loves you and shines His face upon us through His glorious creation. 

I Feel Glorious #ifeelglorious

I have been a Macklemore fan for about 5 or so years now and having seen him/them in concert a few times they can definitely bring an epic show. Ben Haggerty and Ryan Lewis put so much heart and soul into their work and it shows at every turn.  From their boy on the trumpet (and his daughter too) to all the accompanied musicians, it just shows that there is a family here.

His new song which was released today, Glorious, absolutely beams with love and depth. A song dedicated to his grandma Helen turning 100 years old, blew me away.  Having just lost my grandma a few short weeks at 93, I miss her deeply. The best part is she and I often went on fun/silly adventures as seen in Macklemore’s new video.  Our times together sitting on her patio, going out to dinner, meeting up with her friends or mine or sometimes just going for a long drive on a beautiful day were always a celebration of love. Our love for each other and our love for those God put in our path. I miss her more each day and daily find reminders of her that prick an open wound. But like Ben, I took video and photos our times together, I held her hand tight and did everything I could to love and serve her. She taught me how to love and be loved, she taught me how to laugh at myself and most of all she taught me the joy of music and singing. Cora (my grandmother) sang and sang and sang until there was nothing left to sing, and on that day she went Home to be with the Lord – May 25th, 2017. She is now singing and dancing and laughing with her husband.

This video made me smile,albeit with a tear in my eye.  I miss you MorMor, but I know I will laugh and sing with you again one day.

MACKLEMORE FEAT SKYLAR GREY – GLORIOUS (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Published on Jul 6, 2017

GLORIOUS available now! http://smarturl.it/MacklemoreGlorious

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Butterfly Queen

MorMor

Sun beams ~ Nou Nou Trail

Love watching the sun peak through the clouds as I hike my local mountain here on Kaua’i. Locals call it Sleeping Giant but it is formally known as NouNou trail.

Nothing beats a sunset Vista from high atop a beautiful rock.

I am loving the Albezia trees that canvas our island.

Aaron Villa

Sunset above Wailua river on NouNou trail

Coffee Break

I spent the morning coffee break at my local beach break: Kealia Beach in Kapaa on the island of Kaua’i.  

There is something magical almost super natural when you stop and enjoy the sounds of the ocean’s roar and let the salty air clean you up!

Ho’opi’i Falls – Kapa’a, Kauai, Hawaii

Living in Kaua’ obviously comes with many many perks, but the best ones are the most simple. This series of waterfalls (there is more downstream) are about 3 minutes from my house! The other night and was done with a busy day and just decided to go for a swim after work, what more could you ask!?

Ho’opi’i Falls, Kapaa Hi

Fairytale

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale” Danish author Hans Christian Andersen

Kapa'a Hawaii

Perfection