Hawaiian Haiku

While visiting my brother in Hawaii, I couldn’t resist a little haiku based on the beautiful island of Oahu.

aquamarine sea

wind-stippled sparkling silver

laps on silken sand

tricksters somersault

sailboards soar with wind-borne kites

breathtaking in flight

We visited the memorial at Pearl Harbor

sacred burial

Battleship Arizona

beneath azure waves

Hawaiian sunsets

eruptions of vermillion

cauldrons in the sky

We hiked to the sacred ruins of the queen’s summer palace through a bamboo forest.

ruins in the jungle

bamboo clatters in the breeze

musical pathways

Thanks for taking a poetic journey with me.

And this is what I arrived home to:

My backyard.

everywhere we roam

a precious world awaits us

where beauty abounds

NaNoWriMo Update:

NaNoWriMo, (or as my husband calls it, Ninny Rhino) is going well. I’m ahead of schedule, though that probably won’t last. To everyone who’s writing up a storm… keep going! To everyone else, take advantage of the month of light blogging, enjoy, and relax!

265 thoughts on “Hawaiian Haiku

  1. Peggy Pilkey says:

    Loved these haiku and photos! Thanks for posting.

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  2. If any place on Earth is a wellspring of artistic inspiration, it’s Hawaii! Hope it was a great trip, Diana!

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  3. Excellent haikus. Gorgeous photos!!!!

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  4. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I loved seeing it through your eyes. My favorite line: “wind-stippled sparkling silver.” Genius description–go you! : )

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    • Thanks so much, Cathleen. It’s a beautiful place, though I’d probably miss the seasons after a year or two. Visiting is the best. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. And I hope you’re enjoying some productive writing time! Send it my way whenever you’re ready. ❀

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  5. Stunning photos and sensational haiku, Diana! Hawaii is a photographer’s paradise and poet’s inspiration. You got both. How lovely your backyard is!! That’s what I love the best about Oregon – the autumn foliage! I like Ninny Rhino!

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  6. PS – perfect expressive haikus…. ❀

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  7. Hawaii is my “sacred” soul place. We go in February – Kauai – and I never, never want to come home. But in February, we come home to snow, not gorgeous fall leaves. Beautiful photography. What a trip! And i wonder…did you want to come home?

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  8. Diana Raluca says:

    Beautiful pictures! 😊

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  9. Silent Hour says:

    Everywhere you roam
    beauty finds you —
    the beauty that you are

    Your photos brought a smile to my face!

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  10. Noonanc says:

    Wonderful haikus and awesome photos, especially the one of your backyard.

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  11. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, a feast of haikus and stunning photos for us! I’m savouring them all, joining you on the β€˜musical pathway’ through the amazing bamboo forest! Wow! That must have been amazing! The sunset photos are breathtaking, truly β€˜cauldron in the sky’! At first I thought it was a volcano! The visit to Pearl Harbour must have been fascinating yet very emotional. Glad you had a fantastic break and now back to your own beautiful part of this β€˜precious world’.

    Happy Writing and why am I not at all surprised that you’re ahead! Yay! πŸ˜€ ❀️

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    • Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Annika. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and the poems. I’m never stood in a bamboo forest before and listened to them clacking! And that “cauldron” does look like a volcano. πŸ™‚ It was a wonderful break and I returned ready to step back into my duties. Many hugs for your visit. Have a peaceful Sunday.

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  12. Luanne says:

    Lovely, Diana. I would love to visit Pearl Harbor.

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  13. Anakha M S says:

    They’re beautiful 🌺

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  14. Susie Lindau says:

    I love your photos and haikus. You have a fabulous blog! I’ve hopped around your posts and followed you. I can’t believe we’ve never crossed paths before. I’ve been blogging for ten years!

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    • I’ve been blogging for about 9 years, Susie. So strange that we never crossed paths, you’re right! I’m glad you enjoyed your browse. I try to stay with writing and books (with an occasional glimpse of other stuff). I’ll be over your place soon. Have a wonderful day!

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  15. Baydreamer says:

    Stunning photos and poetry, Diana, and wonderful photo of you and your brother. Not to mention, the breathtaking photo of your backyard. Wow! Enjoy your Ninny Rhino! πŸ™‚

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  16. Lalit says:

    This makes me want to visit Hawaii

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  17. A wonderful scenery with such a powerful haiku poem!

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  18. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wow. Stunning photography – so beautiful, and lovely poetry. A sublime combination, Diana.

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  19. WOW, what a feast of words and pictures to our hearts and soul Diana. Sooo beautiful and loved the picture with your family. Your break was good to you as you storm write now. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  20. arbind kumar says:

    Your haiku with photography is excellent . And your poetic journey at last ended at your brother’s house , I think and if I am not wrong , through musical pathways of the jungle where breezing helped clatter bamboos in the Hawaii island . I liked your poetic blog very much . Thanks .

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  21. Widdershins says:

    Your backyard photo took my breath away. πŸ™‚

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    • Its those Japanese maples. The woman who owned the home before me did a wonderful job picking just the right varieties. I’m so grateful! Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment. πŸ™‚


  22. Hawaii is beautiful. And your backyard rivals it. Hi. Good luck with NaNo.

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  23. We’re truly blessed to call Earth our home. Your yard is magnificent!

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  24. Interesting timing. We are treating poetry this week in literature class. I could use these as a great resource. Thank you

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  25. Spencer057 says:

    Lovely Lovely Lovely poetry! I’m enthralled.😊

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  26. Linda Raha says:

    Your poems are wonderful!!! I visited Oahu many years ago…it is a beautiful place. Your poems capture the magic. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks so much for the kind comment, Linda. I love matching poems and images. Its a “writerly” way to share a vacation. Haha. I needed the break and the place was perfect. I hope you get there again someday. ❀ Hugs.


  27. So many kinds of beautiful

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  28. Thanks for taking me with you to Hawaii though through this great write

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  29. Ann Coleman says:

    What gorgeous photos! I’m a little jealous that you have a sibling in Hawaii!

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    • My brother is the epitome of footloose, Ann. I have to take advantage of where he lives because he won’t be there long. It’s one of the outcomes of being able to work remotely. New Mexico is next. Hawaii is beautiful, but so is everywhere else if we take the time to look. Have a wonderful week enjoying the beauty in your “backyard.” Hugs.

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  30. CarolCooks2 says:

    Stunning images and beautiful words, Diana πŸ™‚ x

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  31. Gorgeous images both in words and photos, Diana! Attempting to write up a storm – finally all in on book 4 with Miss Livingstone. I love the immersion of NaNo. Going well. All the best for enjoyment and success on your Ninny Rhino journey this year!

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    • It’s great to hear that you’re writing up a storm, Sheri. Yay. I also like the intense focus of NaNo. It’s really helpful in getting a book off the couch! I looke forward to Miss Livingstone’s 4th! Thanks for the visit and for the kind comment. πŸ™‚

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  32. Teri Polen says:

    These photos are gorgeous, and your words are beautiful as always, Diana. Glad you had such a fabulous time!

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    • It was so relaxing, Teri, and I needed it. So frazzled. It took me about 4 days just to calm down. Then it was all books, all beach, all the time (when I wasn’t eating pineapples and drinking a mai-tai). Hehe. Thanks for the visit and the kind comment. Have a wonderful week!

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  33. Resa says:

    Adore this post, Diana!
    Love all the photos and Haikus.
    Thank you so much, and have a fab Ninny Rhino!

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  34. Dalo 2013 says:

    Your husband’s sense of humor and mine would get along well πŸ™‚ Beautiful photos, Diana, and as always your words mesmerize as well… what sights you were able to see. Perfect, and wishing you and all safe travels and continued happiness.

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    • Thank you, Randall. I’m delighted that you enjoyed this smattering of my vacation. I love combining thoughts with images… as I know you do too. Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your week. I look forward to your next post! Hugs.


  35. Stunning captures!!! The beauty you captured is so inspiring and then you come home to even more!! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

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    • Thanks, Kirt. I end up with hundreds of photos and just a few that — somehow — come out right. I’m glad you enjoyed them. I’d forgotten that it was peak color at home and that was a glorious surprise. Have a wonderfully creative week, my friend. πŸ˜€

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