Terabi’ithia

Recently we took our youngest two kids to Kona, Hawaii.  It was the first time to Hawaii for all of us.  And it was the perfect Island to go to, not only because it fit our personalities so well (we are very laid back travelers) but also because we found…Terabi’ithia.  It was a Sunday afternoon.  After we’d attended Church, my husband took us on a series of adventures, this being the first.  When he announced we were going to the cloud forest, I didn’t believe him…I really thought he was making it up.  But it actually exists.  A completely different ecosystem where most of the time clouds are covering the mountain and everything on it…wow.  Here is a portion of the email I sent to my sister after she received the pictures and wanted to know immediately where in the world we were…

“Turns out it’s a mystical magical fairy land.  We were there for hours.  Even when it wasn’t raining, we were wet just from the clouds.  Becca and Na said it reminded them of the movie Bridge to Tarabithia.  There was one place, someone’s yard, that looked exactly like the movie.  The kids were sitting on the window sills of the car, just riding along in the clouds.  We kept stopping and taking gobs of pictures.  We decided it must be what the Garden of Eden was like, and Becca declared that her ideal world would be this, only this.  She was in her element, camera and mist and clouds, and rain, and perfect perfect world.  We also decided that we needed to name our place, after all it is ours and ours alone now :).  So in honor of HI’s apostrophe’s in all their names, we named it “Tarabi’ithia”.  The fairies MUST come out at night, because we did not see them.  We are going back.  On Wednesday.  To say farewell until next year.  Maybe then the fairies will come out.  To say farewell.  Dave found a place where you can get out and hike!  But as you can only see about 10 feet in front of you they recommend you don’t stray too far from your car.  Maybe we should bring bread crumbs like Hansel and Gretel.  No, that won’t do… too wet.  Maybe painted rocks to mark our way.  Or maybe we just get lost and stay there forever and become fairies.”

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