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View from a helicopter approaching Niihau
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Photo: Karl Lo | June 2004


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Haiku is simply what is happening
in this place, at this moment.
-- Basho

My knowing eyes
Go with me
To view the sunset. 
(10/15/2014)

Turn back the clock:
I wish to relive
My childhood.
(10/15/14)


Unfiltered feelings,
Unprocessed thoughts and actions:
Children's innocence.
March 16, 2014


Thoughtful Morning Moon,
Tell me how to take this day
To new joyful heights.
Oct. 8, 2013

The smaller the insect
The surer
You will lose.
(10.15.2014)

 
 


Undeterred the sun
Shines through
This morning's downpour.
(10/15/2014)

 
 

Sally Rasay's Yellow Popcorn Oncidium
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Karl Lo's photo prompts Catherine Lo to pen a haiku.

Popping with delight
In a riot of yellow:
Spot of sun on ground.
(5.28.2013)

Published in ISLAND ALBUM
The Garden Island
Wed., June 5, 2013
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A white chiffon scarf
Wrapped 'round Queen Victoria's neck:
Rain is on its way! 
(8.18.10)

 

Sunrise from the Los' front porch
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Catherine Lo Photo | 10/11/11

Dawn is roaring out!
Tiger colors in the sky:
Nani Kaua'i!
(Sept. 13, 2012)

 
 


I stand on the shore
Waiting for the sea to bring
Its gifts of driftwoods.
(8.18.2010)

 
     
 


Living by the sea
waves of thoughts that ebb and rise
stop in my journal.
(3.8.05/9.1.12)

 
     

Super Moon through the telescope of 9-year-old
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Harry Northrop of Boise, Idaho. 5.5.2012

Super Moon 2012

Cinco de Mayo
Super moon of twenty-twelve:
Bright pearl in the sky.
5.5.12

Super Moon photo used with permission
of Master Harry Northrop.

Early morning rainbow from the bedroom balcony
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Aug. 3, 2010

Night-blooming Cereus
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Photo by Karl Lo: 07.23.09


The Queen of the Night
Reigns in majestic splendor:
Night-blooming cereus!

Written Friday, Sept. 4, 2009.
Published in ISLAND ALBUM
The Garden Island
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009

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The powerful hands 
Of an omnipotent God 
Open the rose buds. 
(9/14/2000)

Waialeale 
Wrapped in Hawaiian sunshine 
Wards the morning rain. 
(1979)

   

Hoary Head Mountain 
Haloed by the morning mist -- 
A new day of hope. 
(1979)

Published in HAWAII HAIKU 
(The Honolulu Advertiser
Oct. 29, 1979

   

Nani Hawaii 
Drenched by December's downpour -- 
A rainbow descends. 
(1979)

Published in HAWAII HAIKU 
(The Honolulu Advertiser) 
Dec. 14, 1979

   

Red Kalanchoe beds 
That I nurse day after day 
Thank me with bouquets. 
(1996)

   

Practical beauty 
Waiting for appreciation: 
Yellow Wedelia. 
(2000)

   


HUNGRY FOR PEACE 

I settle myself 
Under the sweet sop tree 
And feast on a book. 
(9.17.03)


With the clouds on fire 
Ascending or descending 
Action defines us. 
(12.31.03) 

Watching the sunset from Hale `Ohana's porch.
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Near the water. Photo: Karl Lo | 9.10.07

   


Spring, you are winter 
Dressed in green -- a mental salve 
To soothe the frostbite. 
(1.15.80)

   

Tree Tunnel on Maluhia Road, Koloa, Kauai, HI
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Dennis Lo Photo | 100710


Tall eucalypti -- 
Five hundred yards of beauty: 
A green cathedral. 
(1996)

   

Kalalau Lookout
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9.21.10 | Karl Lo Photo

Thick clouds ascending, 
The blue Pacific appears -- 
Kalalau Valley.

Published in HAWAII HAIKU 
(The Honolulu Advertiser
Oct. 15, 1979

   

RAIN WATER 

for Karl 

He waters his plants 
With rain water collected 
From last night's downpour. 
(8.25.2004)

   

 

Save for one small light 
The mansion stood starkly dark 
In the wintry night.

Published in HAWAII HAIKU 
(The Honolulu Advertiser
Dec. 12, 1977

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Photo: Karl Lo | Jan. 2005

Branches and stems bare 
The yellow flowers stand proud 
In the morning light. 
(1977)

Published in HAWAII HAIKU 
(The Honolulu Advertiser
Nov. 21, 1977

The winter sun 
Too cold to warm the naked trees 
Trembling in the wind.

Published in HAWAII HAIKU 
(The Honolulu Advertiser
Jan. 31, 1978

 

When day is over
turtle doves return to roost
at their comfort zone.
11.03.08
Published in ISLAND ALBUM 
The Garden Island
www.kauaiworld.com
Nov. 15, 2008
Kauaibackstory.com
Nov. 22, 2008

Turtle doves roosting on the Los' mango tree.
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Photo: Karl Lo | 9.11.08

Taro row on row 
Serene is the green valley: 
Nani Hanalei. 
(1979)

Joy comes when friends meet: 
The heart sings out hope's refrain: 
True friends celebrate. 
(9.2.06)

 

Yesterday's chrysalis 
now a lovely butterfly 
in graceful flight. 
(3.23.02)

   

Majestic koa: 
Pride of Hawaii's mountains -- 
A bowl of beauty. 
(10.7.02)

   

The river is not aimless 
as it takes drifters 
to the other side. 
(12.31.03)

   

MOUNT HA`UPU 

Queen Victoria's crown 
Peering through a cloud forest -- 
Rain is coming.

Published in HAWAII HAIKU 
(The Honolulu Advertiser
Oct. 29, 1979

   

LEARNING TO BE CONTENT 

For Helen

Stone water basin 
Stands at the temple's entrance 
Teaching contentment. 

Kyoto's temple: 
One comes to rest and to pray 
And learn contentment. 
(1998)

   

The trade winds retreat
To Mount Waialeale
Kona winds prevail.
11.27.2002

Diamonds on grass
Nature's nocturnal touch
Disappears with day.
Nov. 10, 2002

Taro row on row
Serene is the green valley:
Nani Hanalei.
1979

Sprayed with insecticides,
Washed with polluted water:
Where's the good apple?
4/19/96

 

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