Seeing Clearly Kauaʻi is our Home

Welcome to Seeing Clearly!

Please check out our websites (Cheryl Johnson or and (Carol Washburn: or to get a glimpse of why we created Seeing Clearly and what it is all about. If you would like to see your thoughts or work featured in our next edition, read the information at the end of this one!

Seeing Clearly is a seasonal journal published and created by Cheryl Johnson and Carol Ann Washburn. The purpose is to inspire and see people differently. We will showcase writing, photography, artwork, music, and thoughts. We also want to share the beauty of the people and the island of Kauaʻi.

Each of the islands in Hawaii have their own magic and beauty. What you can count on is the amazing ocean and sky with their many faces and the landscapes vibrantly varied and colored and the beautiful people.

The people are unique blend of many colors, many countries and many faiths. The thing that most of them have in common is sharing the "Spirit of Aloha." Aloha (pronounced [əˈlo.hə]) 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 was an important lesson taught to the children of the past because it was about the world of which they were a 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 edge

Be enamored by the many colors of the sea

Be delighted by 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

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.

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

Created By
Cheryl Johnson


Cheryl Johnson and Carol Ann Washburn

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