This is the monk Satyanatha, who sat next to me on the flight from LA. He was coming home to the Hindu monastery on Kauai. His bird, Tigerfoot, is a 30-year-old macaw.
He just exuded serenity and peacefulness. The 6 hours of flying time passed quickly as he told me story after story about his life as a monk in the Garden of Eden.
When we finally arrived at our destination some 20+ hours later, it was pitch black. It rained on and off during the night.
But this morning, we were greeted by a rainbow and a cool breeze coming up from the lush vegetation of our back yard. My initial exploration turned up an herb garden, a ripe pineapple, papayas, and guava with a variety of birds providing the music.
We just had another brief shower, but now the sun is shining brightly. This afternoon we are off to the local farmers' market.
Tomorrow we meet up with Carl Berg, a local naturalist, at 7:45 am. He will introduce us to the things that grow on the island, hopefully giving us names for the many birds we see and hear.
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