Did you ever have one of those days when you didn’t know why, nor did you really think to ask why, and you found yourself getting ready to do something or go somewhere that you had not consciously planned on?
That happened to me a couple days ago. I got up and did my web work, did a few things around the house, made a trip to the grocery store and filled the car with gas. In the mid afternoon, I found myself shaving and getting ready to “go somewhere.” It all of a sudden dawned on me I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going although there was anticipation that it was going to be good.
Then all of a sudden I heard a voice in my head say, “Verandah Lounge,” and I thought, ahhhh, OK.
The Verandah Lounge is at the Keauhou Beach Resort, and the lounge actually extends out over a lagoon near the ocean, so if you are sitting at the railing, the water is right below you with colorful fishies swimming around, and if you are there after dark, the lights from the resort illuminate the water and you can watch the Eels come out and look for food. There are also usually Honu (the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) basking on the small island in the center of the lagoon, so it is a real delight, and a great place to watch sunsets.
I headed down about 5:30pm and there was an open table at the front overlooking the ocean so I wandered over and sat down. There was a warm tropical breeze coming in off the ocean, and to me, that is the finest perfume there is. The waves were gentle whispers that night and within a few minutes of settling in, the sun came out from behind a high cloud bank and it was then I noticed how clear it was to the west, and you could see the horizon line very clearly. I smiled and realize that this might be a very nice sunset coming up.
I had a couple “beverages” and while on the second, the band started to play. It is a Hawaiian trio and they keep the volume at a very nice level. You can carry on a conversation, but you can also hear the wonderful music. As the sun got close to the horizon, as they always do, the trio started to play a Hawaiian song. Since I don’t speak Hawaiian, I cannot understand it, but I can certainly “feel” it, and it was the perfect match to the beautiful sunset we were about to experience.
As the sun touched the horizon, everyone became quiet, listening to the beautiful music, and watching the sun say its nightly fairwell. The song is just long enough to where it ends right as the sun sets, and as it became just a sliver of light on the horizon, the light turned green and stayed that way for about six seconds. When it faded away, everyone applauded the sunset. Where else but here would 50 patrons, some vacationers, some locals, applaud a sunset? I’ve only experienced that here, and it is genuine, heartfelt and spontaneous.
I listened to the trio for about a half hour longer and then made my way down to the waters edge, took a deep breath and sent the spirits my gratitude. I drove back along Ali’i Drive, which runs right along the ocean with my windows down breathing in the sea’s sweet perfume and then headed up and back home.
No I did not have my camera with me (all I have is a small pocket digital with me right now and we don’t get along too well). Sorry.