Monday, September 24, 2007

PinkBird's Picture: Shipwreck Beach, Lanai, Hawaii

While driving a Jeep across the tiny island of Lanai, Hawaii, Phill and I headed to “Shipwreck Beach.” We drove off-road along the beach for a few miles, and then hiked along the shoreline collecting shells, beach glass, and other trinkets that had washed ashore. Here in this photo, between the driftwood is the hull of the 1940s Liberty Ship that was run-aground. We had the beautiful rocky beach all to ourselves. We felt like cast-aways, all alone here and could only see this shipwrecked boat and neighboring Maui on the horizon. We were child-like explorers all alone on a deserted island. We were sea captains and mermaids. We were pirates hunting treasure. We were natives gathering food. The deteriorating, rusted out ship abandoned here in the Kaiolohia Bay gave the beach its beautifully isolated surreal sense of awe and youthful yet antique wonder.