Friday, July 19, 2013

Kahili Streets

Jeans: Paige Denim; Top, shoes: TJ Maxx (similar top, similar sandal spend, similar sandal save); Sweater: Loft

Kahili ginger, the blossom I am holding in the photos above, is not native to the islands but blooms in abundance all throughout my neighborhood. It thrives in the rainforest and grows quickly, choking out native plants. When my brother and I were growing up, we used the kahili in many ways - the nectar can be sipped out of the flower once plucked from the tall stem, the ginger before it blossoms was always used as a weapon or makeshift food item, and other variations of ginger in the islands (and elsewhere) can be used as shampoos.

My childhood was localized in the boonies on the side of the volcano in the rainforest and my brother and I spent our time playing make-believe with the flora in the neighborhood. Fiddleheads from the native uluhe fern were used as magic wands, the kahili ginger as food, the lichen and moss as fodder for soups we invented in puddles in the yard. Wandering through the subdivision, I was recollecting our many adventures and introducing Ben to all of them. It's lovely to think of my childhood imagination run wild again!


  1. This post made me missed the laid -back life! Great photos dear. :)

    XX, IamJenniya

  2. This post is so sweet. It made me think of my grandmother's house from when I was little. My aunt and I had a clubhouse in a hollow area of a tree and some bushes. It was my favorite place in the whole entire world.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  3. Such a sweet post girl! It sounds like you are having such a wonderful time reminiscing in your hometown. I bet it makes it extra special that Ben is there with you too! :)

  4. Love all of these photos, looks like you're having fun! Your dogs are so cute!

  5. Adorable puppies! Is one a Rottweiler? My uncle used to raise them. Your description of the ginger makes me think of how honeysuckle was for me when I was growing up.

  6. these colors are perfect on you!
    your freckles are amazing

    xo The Egg

  7. That kahili ginger is so pretty, and I love the jewel tones in your outfit! It must have been amazing to grow up on the side of a volcano, it looks so beautiful!

  8. all of these photos are so lovely!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  9. Wow! nice pictures!
    I have just discover your blog and its really cool. Do you want to follow each other?
    Greetings, Ana.

  10. Lovely photos ! :)

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  12. Omg dogs... They are so amazing!
    Love your outfit

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  14. your freckles are my favorite part :)


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