Hydrangeas abound on the Big Island. Gorgeous bushes line the driveway of the place I'm staying. The assortment of blossoms you're looking at is at the beginning stages of what will soon be a robust blue color. The inner ivory color is extremely beautiful as well. When I was growing up in Washington State, our home had two hydrangea bushes: one with blue blossoms, and the other with pink. Memories!
I'm visiting relatives in Hawaii, and wanted to share a lovely apricot-colored hibiscus with you. There is a huge hibiscus plant behind the house, and I'm enjoying the blossoms tremendously.
R.H. "Harry" Lodge, Division Overseer of Oahu Sugar Company, tells his story of December 7, 1941. Lodge was also a brilliant photographer, and many of his works fill the publication Waipahu at War, which he compiled. I have a copy of this wonderful publication. A Report on the Pearl Harbor Attack on December 7, 1941 as it affected my section of Oahu Sugar Co. Ltd...R.H. Lodge The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor came as a sudden shock to all of us. How the military could have been so unprepared is one of the puzzling aspects that has not yet been solved. Months prior to the attack, the F.B.I., Army and Navy Intelligence had made studies and census of the plantation workers living on the perimeter of Pearl Harbor which was part of the Waipio Peninsula under my supervision. A few of these workers were Japanese, the balance Filipinos. It appeared obvious that the reason for the study was to plan the evacuation of these people in case of attack. Yet the military, particularly the Navy was caught totally unprepared... Continue Reading