Not sure where to post because while this is an unidentified event it's not - I don't think - a UFO event as normally defined now. I call it a USO - an Unidentified Stationary Object. But it's not even an object - it was an event - so maybe it's a USE - Unidentified Stationary Event. I usually have the television on to 'whatever' as I am doing my work in the late evenings, and last December I had it tuned to a channel that was showing UFO events. One in particular caught my attention: the story of a family/woman who had a 'sparkly tree' experience. What was intriguing was that a man had heard about her experience and realized that he had had an experience when young that was similar Then the program told his story - another 'sparkly tree' experience. I am sitting there and flash on an experience I had in the mid-90's when I was living in Hawaii. At school the next day I wind up talking about my experience to my co-teacher - because it's now on my mind because of the show the previous evening - and then say the usual disclaimer: 'Kinda strange, no?' - and to my surprise she says my experience reminds her of something she and her brother saw in the desert outside of Palm Springs when they were young - a 'aparkler' experience, too. So now I am wondering and it starts to nag at me - I've always wondered about the experience I had in Hawaii. At the time, I did tell colleagues about it - I did try to find an explanation. The general trend of explantation tended towards a phosphorescent phenomenon, apparently common in the islands. Has anyone heard of this? And another associated explanation had more to do with Hawaiian lore to do with the phosphorescence of the 'sacred bones' of the Ali'i buried at the base of trees. I am interested in the science of what this might have been. It was quite dramatic. I am going to give only the basic outline of the experience - and if there is an interest I will give details (because it was actually quite detailed) - but I am more interested in if there are any people who have heard of such a phenomenon - and what might the explanation be. I was living on the Big Island of Hawaii in a 'coffee shack' above the Pacific Ocean, in a place overlooking the historic location of the 'Place of Refuge' or Pu'uhonua O Honaunau. I had just moved into this small 'coffee shack' - really a very small house, or cottage. The nights are very dark on the Big Island on a moonless night - because of the observatories - and the Pacific Ocean is a great darkness when there are no ships passing. The highway was above the little house and separated from the house by a great deal of foliage, trees and bushes and what-all so that one did not see any cars passing. The road at that point, too, was straight - did not curve - and there were no street lights. The darkness was quite deep. I was sleeping on the floor of my front room. It was a room that had board wall up to waist level and then had screens from that point up. The only clear view was to the front of me, the screen doors that opened out onto the lanai (or porch). From where I slept, then, I had a clear view of the Pacific Ocean and below the lanai coffee plants and avocado trees (because the 'shack' was high up on stilts and looked out over the coffee plantation) - but in the dark it was all impenetrable. I only saw my fabulous view in the light of the sun, or if there was a moon. Nor could I see any of the plants and trees below in front of the house in the night. I slept near a wall, near the door to my right. On this particular night - newly moved in and new to the island - I was laying there with my eyes closed thinking about how dark it all was and how I'd never experienced such darkness - when I became aware of light. It took me a while - I opened my eyes and realized that I was seeing light all around the house. Because I'm a city dweller (usually) such light would not be unusual, so it took me a while to register that what I was seeing was not 'normal' in this situation. I looked to the front of me, where the lanai was and the clear view was of the view outside the front of the house - which should have been complete darkness and had been when I had laid down. What I saw were the plants, the leaves on the trees. It was like there was a car shining it's lights, or like a door had been opened from a lighted place shining into the dark. In such a situation it takes a while to figure out what is going on - at least it did for me. Probably because everything was so new for me - but as I am laying there registering that I am actually seeing the foliage in this light I am reminded that I had just been musing on how dark a moonless Hawaiian night really is and then finally said to myself - hey! what is that? what's that light? So I stand up. To my right is the door which opens onto a porch-like deck that leads to the back of the house and the stairs that lead down to the carport and driveway. I stand looking at the door, because standing up I am aware that the light source is coming from the area beyond the door. To the left of the door begins the screening and I can see that the light source is there behind the door and that the light then pours over the foliage from there to the front of the 'shack'. At the front of the 'shack' beyond the lanai I can see the tops of the trees with such clarity that I can make out the leaves on the trees. Imagine a dark hallway that has a door open from a lighted room - that was the kind of effect I was seeing - there was a major light source beyond the door and it threw shafts of ever-diminishing light into the night. It was like a door had opened from a lighted room. In a situation like that lots of stuff happens very quickly - this is not normal, it's suppose to be dark, I am suppose to be alone, what is going on behind the door, do I unlock and open the door? I don't unlock the door. Instead I move to the left of the door and look out the screen to the right and this is what I see - Outside the door, next to the deck entry-way leading to the door, was a huge avocado tree - huge, massive - and in that tree this is what I saw: imagine a sparkler from the 4th of July, but a huge one. Whatever it was, it seemed to be against the trunk of the tree - but whatever it was I did not have a clear view of it because of the interference of branches and leaves. But it was exceedingly bright and was within the tree and it was sending off sparks - it was 'sparkling' like a 4th of july sparkler - but it was huge. My memory is that I did hear crackling and popping. (I wrote the experience up in detail in my Journal, of course, but that Journal is in storage a long ways away from me right now). It then just winked out - just like that - gone. Total darkness. Door shut. (A metaphor, not meant to be suggestive of anything). I did not open the door to go outside to investigate in the darkness. Anyone hear of anything like this? Any ideas? It seems to have been a phosphorescent event - but I've never heard of such a thing. Ball lightening doesn't seem to apply. there were some added elements to the story but for now this is the general outline of the event. Any thoughts?