I got to celebrate my birthday at one of Jim’s favorite beaches here in Hawaii. Beach 69 is a beautiful beach that has ample shade and snorkeling right off the shore. I went out 3 times, once with Jim and twice by myself. After a while, rather than swimming past the fish, I stayed in one spot to watch how the citizens of the reef conducted themselves. It is a beautiful beautiful world to see down there. To think that this abundance of life happens so close around us… it’s quite amazing. While I snorkeled I did the circle center practice Sensei Noha taught us. The third time I went out, the ocean was a bit more rough. I felt so at home there and such a sense of calm though. I rode the swells as I snorkeled out and was surprised at how far out I went. Exerting a tiny bit of common sense, I swam back to shore.
While I snorkeled, Jim set upon building a sand castle. This was a castle of a different color though… He set upon building Hawaii’s state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a. This takes a lot of water, a big shovel and various other types of tools to carve out the sand. You can see his masterpiece here:
Driving back we went to a fish market and picked up some ono for dinner. Jim and Leah cooked up ono, beats, rice, and green beans and a white pineapple salsa. This was the perfect way to end my birthday. Quiet, with friends and their children.