Hurricane threat spawns blues and a green garden elegy

Photo by Dawn F. Kawahara

Gardens, like butterflies, stand worldwide as symbols of life.

Hurricane Hector was still threatening southeast of us in the great Pacific last week, and Kauai folks more than residents of any other of the Hawaiian Islands, I believe, were getting prepared. Beyond all the stocking up of non-perishable foods, paper goods and medicines, fuel, water and cash on hand, my blood pressure began to rise while memories of the painful hit and recovery of Iniki in 1992 returned. Each day of the countdown, I took note of the garden surrounding our house more than the house. I felt blue and bluer.