In the Night Garden


For my last weekend in Hawai’i–just over two weeks ago, now!–I spent a beautiful farewell day in Lili’uokalani Park, a beautiful bayside land of Japanese gardens and views of the sea. It was a rainy Hilo afternoon (is there any other kind of Hilo afternoon?) so I leapt at the chance to wear one of my Christmas presents: a scarf decorated with dachshunds. Which, incidentally, are only the best dogs ever.

(Incidentally, the title of this post doubles as a book recommendation–though we didn’t visit Lili’uokalani in the evening, of course, I could imagine that these great gardens, roofed by sweeping banyan trees, would provide a good setting for the tales told in Catherynne M. Valente’s amazing interconnected novel.)


When we were kids, our favorite spot was the red-roofed bridge, where we would dangle our feet over the edge and say hello to the brackish-water fish that occupied this strange liminal space between fresh water and the sea. As soon as the tide comes in every day, these paths and bridges are sometimes underwater!


I wore my dachshund scarf with a distressed denim vest, a black maxi dress, my ridiculous heart-shaped sunglasses, and sandals–most of which I probably won’t be able to wear again on the Mainland for three months or so.

This wiener dog accessory is amazing, though. It’s probably way too thin for New England winters, but I could see it topping off a slightly warmer outfit in March or so. In the meantime, the doxies can decorate my closet while I dream of the day when I can have a little doggie of my own!


Like Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors (someone to whom I never expected I would compare myself), I too dream of just going “somewhere that’s green.” I mean, look at this banyan tree, and the grass, and the color of those rain-spattered leaves. I hunger for brightness here, where the snow is currently covering up any trace of sun.

The sole perk of winter? One of my neighbors has a blonde dachshund (or a “golden retrwiener,” as I like to call them) who loves taking walks in the snow. In a full-on doggie parka. I wonder what she would think of my scarf?

2 thoughts on “In the Night Garden

  1. I just love Lili’uokalani Gardens. It’s got to be on my Top 5 list of Why I Want to Live in Hilo! Yes, last time I visited, that path was overtaken by the water! I visit with camera–and umbrella–in hand. I printed postcards with a pair of my toy travelers posing in the park, the bridge a bright-red blur in the background. 🙂

    • It’s a top contender for that list for sure! 🙂 I really enjoy seeing it when it’s all flooded over, too, although once my family came while the tide was going down, and we had to free some little fish who were trapped in one of the sculptures…it has its perils!

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