Sizzling and soliloquizing at summer solstice

  • Dawn F. Kawahara / Special to The Garden Island

    Multi-colored summer plumerias are in full bloom.

It is the doves’ peaceful “coo-roo” with slanting June sunlight that wakes me now, although it’s the scarlet cardinal and his mate I see pecking around on the lawn under the allamanda vine as I peer through the louvers of our bedroom window. Some mornings, a sprinkle of Wailua rain has refreshed the garden, polishing the grass and releasing a fresh, earthy odor. Summer!