Seeing Clearly Kauaʻi is our Home

Welcome to Seeing Clearly!

Please check out our websites (Cheryl Johnson: cheryljohnsonartist.com or cheryljohnson.co) and (Carol Washburn: sunshineme.com or carolwashburn.com) to get a glimpse of why we created Seeing Clearly and what it is all about.

Seeing Clearly is a seasonal story published and created by Cheryl Johnson and Carol Ann Washburn. The purpose is to inspire and bask in the beauty of a multicultural jewel, called Kauaʻi. We will showcase writing, photography, artwork, music, and thoughts. We also want to share the beauty of the Hawaiian people and our home the island of Kauaʻi.

Each of the islands in Hawaii have their own magic and beauty. What you can count on is the ever changing, amazing ocean and colorful sky. We are continually awed by the vibrantly varied landscapes and the beautiful spirit filled people.

The people are a unique blend of many colors, and originate from many different countries. They have come to Hawaii from all over the world and have settled in the islands. The thing most of them have in common is sharing the "Spirit of Aloha."

Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. Since the middle of the 19th century, it also has come to be used as an English greeting to say goodbye and hello. "Aloha" is also included in the state nickname of Hawaii, the "Aloha State".

The spirit of Aloha is an important lesson taught to the children (keki) because it is the essence of the world of which they are a integral part.

Aloha means love

One early teaching goes like this:

"Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain - it is my pain. When there is joy - it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian - this is Aloha!"

Everywhere you will see rainbows...

Hear music and beautiful voices...

Be amazed at the beauty in the smallest detail of water on the ocean's edge...

Be enamored by the many colors of the sea...

Be delighted by the beautiful beaches, one of which is Hanalei Bay...

Memories may blur, yet feelings remain

Memories are sometimes out of focus in our minds eye. We have created a series of photographs that were shot either with the blur in mind or blurred on purpose in our Lightroom/Photoshop Darkroom.

We blur what is not poignant and keep in focus that which is significant to our memory.

A Moments Pleasure

She the Sea

From our home the sea beckons us to come and share in her beauty and majesty. Each moment she presents a different face. All of them are beautifully amazing.


Hawaii is Our Home

Our theme for this edition is "Hawaii is our Home." Home means something different to each and every one of us. It may be the country or state or the city we live in, a secret hideaway only we know about, or a person, such as a close friend or family member. To us Kauai offers everything we need. We are surrounded by the scents, the feeling, the beauty, the people, the ocean, the food, the water, our family and each other.

As you view the following images, take a moment to reflect on what home means to you.

We will back soon with more images from Kauai.

Created By
Cheryl Johnson


Cheryl Johnson and Carol Ann Washburn

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