Within the rainforest in East Hawaii is the emergence of all that’s new. My photographs of the embarking hapu’u (ha-POO-oo) ferns in the Hawaiian rain forest (Big Island) shows some of the remarkable beauty of all that’s natural and automatic (i.e., unconsciously aware). The older ferns can be 10-12 feet tall or higher and the fronds that shoot out another dozen or more feet high.
These ominous forest inhabitants are endemic to Hawaii. That is, they exist on the these islands and nowhere else in the world. Evolution brings us to see how things are created and how they emerge. Hawaii is a living example of early evolution. The newest earth on the planet, being added to every day as lava flows from the Pu’u ‘O’o cone into the ocean on the south edge of the Big Island…a new island called Loihi. The creation of life in all forms is an observable, liveable work in progress.
The hapu’u fern is referred to as the mother of the rainforest. I think that is for reasons including it is silent and very present in the forest, providing canopy (protection) as well as nutrients to all that lies below. The trunk of the fern is saturated with water. It might be 12″ in diameter or more. Everything else can grow from that including the endemic ohia and olapa trees and many other ferns, grasses, indeed all that lives in the forest. This is true whether the trunk is fallen and decomposing horizontally on the ground, or is standing strong and healthy. It offers sustenance and protection to any “child”.
The video is a childlike message to grandmother hapu’u in the rainforest showing respect and appreciation.
The music for this video was recorded at a kitchen table off grid in Hamakua on a dropped D guitar tuning. I took the photos from the beautiful water side in Kapoho, East Hawaii.
In the background of the recording you can hear the cacaphony of coquis (frogs) that have premeated the quiet nights in most of East Hawaii in recent years except at higher altitudes and dry desert areas.
Coquis here on the Big Island are a good example of how balance can be thrown to the wind on a random unconscious result of “nothing intended”. Yet a lot still happens. Isn’t that the way?
Coquis were brought to Hawaii as stowaways on container ships from Puerto Rico. While having been controlled (and removed) on other islands of Hawaii, their foothold on the Big Island was never seriously challenged and so they thrived. As a result many residents live with earplugs as a way to sleep. As many as 10,000+ coquis can exist per acre with a chirp (koh-KEE!!) in the 80 to 90 decibel range, similar to a lawnmower. They have no preditor here…yet.
“Something He Already Knows” has similar implications in its message about things we know but can’t or won’t do anything about. Like the tide we watch our emotions and images of our own reality move in random fashion as if it was something external from us and not tied directly to our existence and imagination.
We are what we imagine. Something we already know. But how well do we live with that in our mental conversation with ourselves and our world?
Leave a reply and let me know if you live with coquis or you live with something you already know.
Created with photos from East Hawaii on the Big Island. Music recorded in East Hawaii with ukelele and vocal. This is my meditation on a land of beauty and contrasts. It is new but it appears ancient. It is colorful and it is stark. Hawaii boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones in the world, each with unique ecosystems and weather characteristics. Aloha!