In my hometown of Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii, there are rainbows! At some point during most days, a rainbow will appear and brighten my day.
Hoku‘ula Pu’u (hill), known as “Buster Brown” in the heart of Waimea Town
Location, Location, Location!
Waimea is located approximately 2,500 ft. above sea level, where the grass is green, the tradewinds blow lightly, and the sun can be shining without a cloud to be seen, yet there is a slight sprinkle of rain…a perfect recipe for a big, bright, beautiful rainbow. These rainbows paint the town and country landscape with colorful light so well known and appreciated by all who live here, we often say, “only in Waimea!”
Double rainbow ~ just another glorious “only in Waimea” kind of day!
Hawaiian Lullaby – Where I Live There Are Rainbows
Waimea is the perfect place to experience the joy of rainbows. I am filled with happiness every time I see a rainbow. And as I gaze at the colors arching across the sky, I often find myself humming the Hawaiian Lullaby, a sweet and melodic song that rings true to my experience of living in this friendly upcountry community.
The lyrics go like this, “Where I live there are rainbows, with life in the laughter of morning and starry nights. Where I live there are rainbows, with flowers full of color and birds filled with song. I can smile when it’s raining and touch the warmth of the sun. I hear children laughing in this place that I love.”
Below is the Hawaiian Lullaby by Keali’i Reichel. I love his version of the song, he sings both the Hawaiian and English lyrics.
“Good Fortune” at the End of the Rainbow in Waimea
Waimea is also hometown to photographer extraordinaire and friend, Ethan Tweedie. As you can see, he clearly captures the joy and exceptional beauty of our Waimea rainbows with his remarkable photography. Ethan was voted North Hawaii’s Photographer of the Year in 2012, and to top it off, he was then voted Best of the Best in Photography For Real Estate’s Photographer of the Year in 2013.
“Moonbow Waimea” by Ethan Tweedie
Waimea, where the “flowers are full of color and so are the night skies.” I am sure Ethan would agree with me when I say that living in Waimea is like the good fortune found at the end of the rainbow.
Lucky we live Hawaii!!
Waimea Life Part 2
Are you curious about what tradewinds are, how they got their name, and what they mean to us on the Big Island? Tune in to Waimea Life Part 2.