Posted by: The Amoeba | March 7, 2009

A Dark Sky in Hawai‘i

It has become a cliché of advertising. The tropical beach, used to sell a tropical product, like rum or Hawai‘i. Where the viewer stands or sits on white sands and looks out over an ocean that is so brilliantly azure, it can’t be real. Must be digitally enhanced.

The real views in Hawai‘i actually look like the advertising. When the sun is out, anyway. Which it is, most of the time.

But not on this late afternoon in early March 2009. At an hour where the sun is usually mixing its pigments for the benefit of a myriad of sunset photographers, clouds have sent the painter home early. The art class is dismissed, except for the students who work in charcoal. They have a subject fit for their tools: a graphite sky, its black lowered brows threatening heavy weather. No, not threatening; promising. A sky like any that heralds an ocean storm over the vacant Oregon coast, or a lake-effect blizzard over the foreclosed homes of Michigan, or a nor’easter over the empty mills of Maine. “For this”, mutter the mainland artists, “I could have saved the airfare.”

The sky scene fills the windows of the oceanfront restaurant. Inside, there is light and noise, the sounds and smells of food and wine and people. For the restaurant is full, indeed there are people waiting in the entry hall, seeking a place. The seated customers trade small talk with each other, and jokes with the smiling servers, and both the air and the spirit are warm. They are guests of Prince Prospero, and life is good.

And none of them is looking out the window at the dark sky, at the spectre that seeks entry.

  – O Ceallaigh
Copyright © 2009 Felloffatruck Publications. All wrongs deplored.
All opinions are mine as a private citizen.



  1. And yonder out there lies Mother Nature and when she is ticked…well she is ticked. I think the guests of Prince Prospero are going to have to wait quiet some time until we have clear sunny skies and Mother Nature goes back to being calm and enjoying what she is seeing. In the meantime, let’s hope that they can devise a plan to market Hawaii just enough to get us through these dark days.

  2. I work in the tourism industry. The checks come across my desk — well, they used to. However, I see the same crowds in Waikiki and everybody seems to have a shopping bag under his or her arm. The recession is being felt more by the other islands.

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