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Paradise Images

Updated on August 31, 2016
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Ruth, aka Elayne Kongaika, was raised in the orchard town of Orem, Utah. She married a Polynesian boy and has had amazing travel experiences

Punalu'u Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Punalu'u Copyright Ruth Kongaika

Paradise is different for each person. To me, paradise is a place where you have no worries, everything is beautiful, and you can just relax and live happily ever after. Colors are more colorful. Beauty is more beautiful. Love is even more lovely. Is there really such a place? The closest that I have come to this idyllic existence has been here in Hawaii. Of course, it is not present every single day, but now and then, in brief moments, there are little glimpses of what Paradise may be like.

Bird of Paradise in Garden Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Bird of Paradise in Garden Copyright Ruth Kongaika

Because of the moderate weather here in Hawaii, plants blossom and grow throughout the year. We feel lucky to be able to have a garden growing while others are shoveling the snow and scraping off their windshields. Of course, with constant warm temperatures, you have high humidity and plenty of bugs. In my idea of Paradise, there will be no bugs!

I grew up with four seasons, and do miss the obvious changes, especially the beautiful autumn leaves of fall, and new blossoms of spring. But there is a stark contrast when I travel in the winter from Hawaii to the mainland. We go from green lush tropical rain forests and blue sky and ocean to dead dry brittle and cold, mostly gray, scenery.

Here are a few more random pictures that I would consider as part of Paradise, if there really is one.

Tropical fronds Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Tropical fronds Copyright Ruth Kongaika

I imagine Paradise is a world where everything looks Photoshopped (only God can do that without the software). No splotches of decay or dirt on anything. No thorns on the rose bushes or flying insects to pester and bite you. Everything is perfectly formed and exquisite. Also, in people there is no envy, bitterness, anger, prejudice, or hatred. Everyone would be happy and get along. This idyllic condition could only exist in a true Paradise. Hawaii is so not like that, but has a few attributes of a Paradise. To see it you have to have on rose-colored glasses. You have to ignore the high prices of most everything, dismiss the prejudices and accept the status quo. Human nature seems to get in the way every time.

'Tis Eventide Copyright Ruth Kongaika
'Tis Eventide Copyright Ruth Kongaika

Personally, I feel a bit of Paradise when I see a lovely sunset with beautiful colors filling the skies. The eventide speaks peace to me, and is proof that I have made it through another day. I accomplish the most in the evenings because I feel energized realizing all the blessings I have.

Pearly Shells from the Ocean Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Pearly Shells from the Ocean Copyright Ruth Kongaika

God's creations are vast and spectacular. I am always in awe when I see delicate shells or perfect flowers in all their varieties. Paradise would be a world where we could enjoy each of these miracles on a more personal basis.

Lovely Frills Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Lovely Frills Copyright Ruth Kongaika

The picture below is very close to where I live. It is at the end of a long narrow piece of land, which of course, is prime real estate since both sides have beach frontage. This land extension is called Laniloa. Legend has it that it used to be a large lizard or mo'o. It originally stood upright, ready to attack any threat. One day a legendary warrior named Kana had made a goal to kill all the mo'o (lizards) in Hawaii. He chopped this lizard into five pieces and threw it into the ocean. Now you can see the pieces sticking out of the water - they are five small islands lying off shore near here. It is a favorite place for fishermen, but the waves can be pretty dangerous. I enjoy looking at the island in the distance which has a hole worn through it from the waves.

The Point Copyright Ruth Kongaika
The Point Copyright Ruth Kongaika

The mountains here in Hawaii are majestic. There are many waterfalls because of the type of volcanic cliffs that exist. But, don't let them fool you! Many people have gotten lost in the mountains here taking a leisurely hike all alone. They are to be respected.

Ko'olau Mountains Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Ko'olau Mountains Copyright Ruth Kongaika

My father and I took a hike up to the Waimea Falls (pictured below). There is a botanical garden on the way up with markers showing the different species names. Once at the falls, many people take a dip in the little pond. Waimea Falls was featured in a recent episode of Hawaii 5-0.

Waimea Falls Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Waimea Falls Copyright Ruth Kongaika

Our favorite place to go on weekends and holidays to relax is the beach. Something about the sand, water and trees instantly make you relax and draw you in to a happier existence.

Fronds at the beach. Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Fronds at the beach. Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Beach flowers Copyright Ruth Kongaika
Beach flowers Copyright Ruth Kongaika

So, what is Paradise to you? I have told you what it is to me. I would love to hear your thoughts. Aloha!

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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I would love to visit Florida anndavis25. Haven't had the chance to go there yet. I'm sure it is amazing. Hope you can come to Hawaii. Thanks for your comments.

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    anndavis25 

    6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

    I see beauty in almost everything, but as yet, I haven't seen paradise. It's really kind of pretty right here in Clearwater, Fl. The sunsets, sub-tropical plants, beaches. Guess I will settle for here, but would love to visit the big Island.

    Photos are very nice. Enjoyed them.

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I am happy that you agree with me, freelanceauthor.

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    freelanceauthor 

    6 years ago

    Beautiful images, truly a paradise

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Come on over, Millionaire Tips. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub.

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    Shasta Matova 

    6 years ago from USA

    These are gorgeous photos. Being near water, especially someplace warm would be great about now.

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you lucasaraujo. Glad you enjoyed my paradise hub.

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    lucasaraujo 

    6 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

    Good images, good thoughts, great hub .. Congratulations!

    I voted up and beautiful!

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you so much schoolgirlforreal! I appreciate your feedback. Aloha!

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    schoolgirlforreal 

    6 years ago

    Beautiful images

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you Dreamsinger, for your welcome comments. I have been to New Zealand and it is very beautiful. I actually lived there for two months with my husband's auntie. It was an interesting experience. Glad you dropped by my hub. Aloha!

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    Erin Bradley 

    6 years ago from New Zealand

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing piece of paradise, such beautiful images and certainly makes me desire to hop on a plane and experience it all for myself! Ha ha I could be tempted to swap mine for yours, but I know what you mean about the rose coloured glasses - we moved to Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand 18 months ago - beautiful bush, serenity and privacy, but many bugs - wetas, big bush spiders and to make our paradise pretty, it is a constant job picking up the huge palm leaves that drop all over the driveway! But just being in this glorious setting far outweighs the little nuisances as I am sure it does for you and certainly gets the creative juices flowing!

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for your welcome comments hush4444. Must have been a lovely wedding. I love the Big Island. We recently traveled there with my brother and his wife. Aloha!

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    hush4444 

    6 years ago from Hawaii

    Beautiful hub, elayne001. My husband and I were married at Laie Point and our wedding picture has the island with the hole in the background. We lived in Kailua at the time, but now we're on the Big Island. Thanks for bringing back fond memories!

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Loved your comments mtsi1098. You are right - happiness is when you are with your family. I am missing my grandchildren right now, but will get to see them for Christmas. So excited. Thanks for dropping by.

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    mtsi1098 

    6 years ago

    Well if heaven is a place on earth you certainly have found it. I like places as you mention here and also a snow covered untainted ground for peacefulness. Truth be told, my happiness comes anywhere I am with my family :) cheers...

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So happy you liked the pictures heart4theword. Hawaii is definitely a very colorful place, except during a drought when things get a bit yellowish and drab, most mostly it is lush and tropical.

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    heart4theword 

    6 years ago from hub

    You are so right, the colors are amazing. As I was reading and looking at the pictures, the picture of what the Garden of Eden looked like...may have been similar to some of these pictures you shared:) Awesome!

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Come on down! Thanks for checking out my hub Simone!

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    6 years ago from San Francisco

    Jeez... what am I doing in San Francisco?? These photos are so pretty. But now all I want is to get to the ocean!

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you like the images of my home anujagarwal. I appreciate your comments.

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    Anuj Agarwal 

    6 years ago from Noida

    Wow! what a beautiful and colorful country. Thanks for the wonderful images.

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you enjoyed the pictures Hello, hello, Hope you are doing well. Haven't hear from you in a while.

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    Hello, hello, 

    6 years ago from London, UK

    It is certainly paradise. Thankyou for showing us around.

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Lucky we live Hawaii, eh brah! That's a saying that means, we are so lucky to live in Hawaii. Most of the time I feel that way. I will definitely miss it when I leave. We will probably be retiring in a couple of years and leaving Hawaii. So I am trying to enjoy it as much as possible while I am here. Thanks randomcreative for your commments.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Although the definition of paradise will vary for different people, I think that many would agree with Hawaii will frequently fit the definition. It definitely does for me. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That is a wonderful way to look at Paradise vasantha T k - nature is amazing! Thank you for that insight.

    I appreciate that Pamela. Hope you will enjoy coming to Hawaii to visit soon. Mahalo!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    The picture are absolutely beautiful. You do live in a wonderful place. I would love to visit Hawaii and plan to do that sometime in the future.

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    vasantha T k 

    6 years ago

    for me, every moment being with nature is paradise. I have read in books that hawaii is a great tourist place.

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I am always in awe at the beauty that surrounds me here in Hawaii. There are incredible places all over the world that could be called Paradise also. Thanks CMHypno for your comments.

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    CMHypno 

    6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

    They are amazing photos elayne001, you are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

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    Elayne 

    6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I do agree with that Peggy W. So hopeful for a future Paradise filled with peace and harmoney! Thanks for your addition to my hub.

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    Peggy Woods 

    6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I definitely like your idea of no bugs with the exception of bees...we need them for polinating. Oops! Forgot...I guess we need the bugs so that birds have something to eat. Guess there is no getting around it...we are all interconnected in one way or another.

    I guess my perfect idea of paradise would be if the people of the world could live in harmony and peace and shed all prejudices. Wouldn't THAT be a paradise?

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