Big Island Hawaii - Saddle Road - The Legend
As a young girl I remember hearing the stories, a legend you would
call it, about a great white sacred owl that lived up on Mauna Kea. If
you viewed the owl it would be sure to bring good fortune your way and
the best way to see it was to travel Saddle Road at night. Legend had
it that the owl often sat on a tree within viewing distance of the road
and on moonlit nights if you looked carefully, you could catch a
glimpse of white feathers in a tree, or if you were really lucky you
might see the great while owl gliding along in the silvery moonlight.
On such a moonlit night we ventured, not for the first time, to catch
our fortune and sight of the great owl. As the car ventured over the rough
and narrow road our eyes were peeled to the side, slowly and cautiously
we moved through the clear night. There was none of the infamous fog
that can make this such a treacherous journey at night, and silhouetted
across the darkened sky, moonlit backdrop illuminating the flying
figure, we say our vision, the wide winged spread of the white owl.
Now this is not what the tourist books will say you will see, but whether
you get a glimpse of the great white owl or not the Saddle Road is a
route only for the adventurous.
Whether this brought us good fortune or not who is to say, for life
deals out its' destiny with a little help from God, and Hawaii abounds
with legends and kapu's ( forbidden things).
I placed a piece of hardened lava in my rock garden two years ago. A lot has transpired since then, but that is another story
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