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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
1:27 pm
Best places to visit in Hawaii?
 Hi guys,
I am pretty sure you know A LOT about your beautiful islands :)
Why don't share your knowledge a little bit?
We have here the best places to go in Hawaii:
Best Hawaiian Attractions
But it just can't be everything! Such a wonder as Hawaii should have tons of attractions!
Please, tell us and other people who looking for the joy what do you know!
Friday, June 26th, 2009
12:53 pm
Hawai'i food is bad for you???


Okay, look, after seeing that, I don't wanna hear haoles say a damn thing about loco moco.


Current Mood: hungry
Friday, May 8th, 2009
1:00 pm
 I am new to this sight, my name is Alicia.
I was born in Kauai, and left when I was seven, I have resented my parents for that ever since.
 But I am 37 now so I have to get over that.
Figured this sight would help me feel more like I was home.
  Look forward to meeting the rest of you.
Monday, April 14th, 2008
12:34 am
Community Healing Arts & the Circle of Life
I am working to open a family healing arts center in my community to provide a spectrum of care for infants to adults, including midwifery, craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, parent groups, childbirth ed, and workshops. My passion is craniosacral, doula care, teaching, and community organizing.

This will happen within the next year, and I am currently gathering resources, developing my business plan, and working with local community small business resources to create a solid plan and support system. I also have practitioners interested and a space lined up for 2009.

I am also a hoopdancer and teacher, and I am in a contest to win $10,000 for my hoopdance video: Gemini Hoops. http://www.clipstar.com/videopage.jsf?video=9_7002_159

Will you please vote for my video and help to fund the creation of my healing arts center? I am currently in 2nd place, and if I win this contest, it will go toward to creation of my family healing arts center and community healing project.

Thank you! I greatly appreciate your support! Your vote counts, please show your support!


Gratitude & Blessings, Kara
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
12:13 pm
Save the Date!
On Public TV Independent Lens

May 6 at 10:30 p.m.

NA KAMALEI: The Men of Hula (60 minutes)
by Lisette Marie Flanary
Following legendary teacher Robert Cazimero and the only all-male hula school in Hawaii, NA KAMALEI: The Men of Hula goes beyond deep-rooted stereotypes of "grass skirt girls" and reveals a story of Hawaiian pride through the exploration of male roles in the hula tradition—past and present.

I apologize for those who may be reading this multiple times, as I am posting it to all the Hawai'i related communities to which I belong.

Current Mood: excited
Monday, March 10th, 2008
7:47 pm
mahalo hawaii rabies quarantine
just want to let everyone know that the staff of the hawaii rabies quarantine facility ROCKS.
they have been so helpful in my journey on getting my animals to our future home. when i have been unclear about things regarding the brochure- they have answered my questions. when i have been stressed about the process, they have calmed me down.
they are so nice!
why this came about? i was unclear about some things since we are on a delay in our move ( we were suppose to leave in jan) and the dogs rabies shots are due again. i was stressed about having to redo the process all over again, however found out if i get the shots NOW before they are due they still qualify for direct release. YES! i am a happy mommy!
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
8:12 am
So I got this random craving for haupia the other day. I live in New Zealand, so if I want to satisfy this craving a pretty much have to make it myself. Now, I like to eat haupia, but never learned how to make it. So, would anyone care to share a recipe?
Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
10:38 pm
Hawai'i Saves My Holiday...

I'm out here in North Carolina, and I'm about to spend my first Christmas ever, all alone. No ohana, no shipmates, no friends...nobody. I've got some ugly bills, money is a worry and my house is a mess as I move from my apartment to my new digs. I didn't get out any Christmas cards, either.

Plenny map hang.

But then, as I was digging through a chest to make room for more junks, I found two of these:

They were left in my trunk from my last days in Hawai'i. I held them in my hands, and suddenly started to cry. I ran into the empty bedroom and just hugged the bottle to my chest, letting the Mana flow into my sad and hurting heart. I stayed that way for a good ten minutes, just soaking up the love of Hawai'i. The bottle said, "Best before 10/12/2006, but it's still crystal clear.

I'm going to save one. I'll keep it, either for a dire emergency, or until I return. That one, I'll carry out to Kaena Point, my favorite place in Hawai'i, and make my offering in thanks for a safe return. One pour to each of the Makani 'ewalu, one to the Aina, Kai, Pukana La and Mahina.

The other, I will share with my co-workers on Christmas Eve.

Current Mood: grateful
Sunday, December 16th, 2007
10:13 am
Local playwright and children's book author Lisa Matsumoto, whose pidgin-influenced works delighted audiences statewide, died yesterday following a head-on collision caused when she drove the wrong way on H-1 Freeway. (Story Here)

I loved her work. I saw "Once Upon One Time" and I couldn't stop laughing. I still have the T-shirt and wear it often.

May the Aumakua guide you safely to Kaena, and may you jump to the right.

Current Mood: sad
Saturday, May 19th, 2007
11:49 pm
I need some opinions...
I'm going to have a sign made for the front door of my home, and I need your opinions.

My intended front door signCollapse )

I'm pretty much settling in to North Carolina, and I miss Hawai'i. I'm hoping that at some point, I'll be able to come back.

Current Mood: homesick
Thursday, April 5th, 2007
4:58 pm
Sean Tiwanak with Roland Cazimero & Friends at the O Lounge on Thursday, April 12th
I'm reposting this for those who are interested. Thanks for reading:

Sean Tiwanak w/Roland Cazimero & Friends at O Lounge April 12th


Just wanted to invite you to my CD Release Party and Live Music Showcase at The O Lounge on April 12th. I'm happy to annouce that Roland Cazimero will be joining me and my band onstage to share some of his music. Looking forward to an evening of fun and entertainent.

It's finally here. Please feel free to forward this invitation to the people you know.

Hope to see you at the O!

With Aloha,
Sean "

Event Details:

What: CD Release Party & Live Music Showcase
Who: Sean Tiwanak - Celebrating release of "Home To Me" and playing
songs from the Album

Roland Cazimero - Playing some favorites and a few original works on
his trademark 12 string with musical accompaniment from Sean and his
band Na' io.

Kamuela Kahoano- Showcasing his broad musical talents and his latest
CD "Green Light Go".

Lei Medeiros- Emerging vocalist with smooth style and vocal range.

When: THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2007

More details under cutCollapse )

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
10:43 am
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
1:16 pm
December 7, 1941...
I spent nine years in Hawai'i, and I only went to the Memorial a few times.

It's not exactly something I liked doing, really? I've been there for re-enlistments, and that's usually a happy occassion. I've also been there for dedications, and those too, weren't too bad. But any time I've been there to pay my respects, it's always been hard.

These men and women are Sailors. Marines. Airmen. Soldiers. Doctors and nurses. Ordinary civilians, everyday people. They are my fathers and mothers. My grandfathers and grandmothers. Aunts and Uncles.

Americans, Hawai'ians, Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Samoans, Portugese and even Japanese. White, black, brown, yellow...it doesn't matter. They were alive once, and that makes them people.

My people.

Remember the DeadCollapse )

Current Mood: thoughtful
Saturday, November 11th, 2006
11:48 pm
The Song in things...
A few years ago, I was eating out in a restaurant on the windward side of Oahu in Hawai'i, near Kaaawa. I was with brombear and wxkat, and on the way back to the car, I heard the sound of someone tapping on something.

The sound...it called to me.

It was a happy sound. A joyous sound.


I am born!


I am glad!

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us I followed the noise to it's source, and there was a screened-in lanai (patio). Inside, working under a single bulb, was a local man making a ku'i 'ai pohaku, or poi pounder. I watched him tapping away with his tools, making the item, and it was such a wonderful, glorious sound. I asked the man about it, and he said he was making it for a marriage gift. That pretty much explained the Song I'd been hearing.


I am born!
I am glad!
My purpose is at hand!
Made in love, I toil at life
So others might prosper.
My bones are strong!
My poi will share my strength,
And those who share of it
Shall gain strength from me!
I am glad!
I am born.

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, October 15th, 2006
7:02 pm
Communications in Hawai'i...
An important FYI for anyone trying to make contact with the mainland or vice-versa. All landlines are offline or jammed, and so are the cell phone networks. However...

Text Messages WILL GET THROUGH!!

Text messages only take up a fraction of the bandwidth that an actual call will take. And the system will keep trying to send it until it gets through, so flex your texting thumbs and warm up those Blackberrys!

Current Mood: calm
10:45 am
Shake, Rattle & Roll!
Sorry if this is a duplicate post for some of you.....

It has been an interesting morning... At 7:07 am this morning we had a 6.5 earthquake here on the island of Hawai'i. There is damage reported in the Kona and Kamuela areas, but power has been restored in many areas on this island. From what I understand, and what is being reported on TV, O'ahu is still without power as are parts of Maui county and Kaua'i.

It was my first relatively large earthquake since I left California... All I can say is it FELT like one of the larger ones I have experienced! I have been through a lot of quakes, but this one was different - it bounced and so did our apartment! I Cali I would have stood in my doorway, but here the doorway was swaying and bouncing so much that I chose to go outside with hubby... It just felt safer! We stood outside and watched our wooden apartment building sway to and fro... A couple of things fell off shelves, etc., but no major damage here - thank the Good Lord...

Heard on the news that all the airports are closed for outgoing traffic - Honolulu airport is completely shut down... So much for Emergency preparedness! lol

Watched some national news - man are they blowing it all out of proportion! I even heard one newscaster mention lava flows in Hilo! LMAO There is no lava currently flowing in Hilo - it HAS been flowing at Kilauea since '81, but nothing new today... Boy the news folks DO jump on all sensational ideas - true or not, don't they?

Off to watch some more of the news...

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, October 7th, 2006
12:01 pm
HO O PONO PONO: harmony, justice, making things right, sometimes Ho oponopono is translated as family therapy. Energy clearing, resolving disputes, internal healing and resolution of conflicts, aligning yourself with IAO (that that is, Source etc. )

The most well known form of Ho O pono pono is a kind of family or community counsel or therapeutic process where problems are worked out and grievances are resolved via negotiation. Many people have commented that it is very like Transactional Analysis or other group therapy and negotiation forms though it has a Spiritual element.

Ho-o-pono-pono also refers to balancing and making right internal conflicts and correcting wrongs that a person may have done to others.

And when you're putting yourself in the role of Huna-especially when you are most certainly *not* a Huna? Dear God...

I feel like I've been put through a taffy-pulling machine. If I'm going to keep doing this in my life, does anyone know of a place on the mainland where I can seek a teacher?


Anyway. No real need to explain much, just that I tried to help some friends work out some troubles. There's still much work to be done, and much talk left, but both halves of the wound have been brought together. Now it must heal.

But yeah.

Putting that much Mana into maintaining dialogue, coaxing both sides to stay calm and keep talking, all while maintaining my *own* level of calm...

*flops bonelessly*

Aia nô i ka nânâ `ana. We'll see what the future brings.

I wish I could take a walk at Kaena, right now. I always felt good, there. I always felt..."watched over". Not "safe", so much as "observed with peaceful interest". I need to feel that way now. I don't hurt, but I feel like water bottle that's mostly empty. Living in Hawai'i, I could always go out somewhere Good and come back feeling better. No matter where I was going, I could always feel the wind on my face, leading me on, saying, "Just a little farther! I have more to show you!"

Even the Wapio Peninsula felt mostly alright-at least during the day-and that's saying a lot. (Never liked Keehi Lagoon, though. That place always felt bad.)

Heh! Yeah...I know jus da teeng! Go hike Kaena, then hit L&L Wahiawa for chicken katsu!


Someday...someday soon, I hope.

Current Mood: missing Hawai'i
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
12:44 pm
apartment search
hello, all!

over the summer, i lived in honoka'a and got to enjoy a lot of great things in hilo. right now, i'm back at home on the mainland, but, come january, i'm transferring to the university of hawaii at hilo to finish my bachelor's degree.

i'm desperately looking for an apartment in hilo (preferably near campus, but i'll take what i can get). i've got a few listings through the university, but i'm very interested in checking out all the options.

i've tried searching on line through sites like rent.com, but there are very few listings for the island and none for hilo.

so, if you could point me toward any sort of resources--phone numbers, web sites, friends, whatever--i would greatly appreciate it. i'm really looking forward to moving to hilo. perhaps, then, i'll get to thank some of you in person for your help with this.

thanks so much!

Current Mood: stressed
Monday, August 28th, 2006
10:43 am
A sad day.....
Haunani Bernardino, faculty member of Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani, passed away today, Sunday, August 27th.

Although Haunani had been under treatment for cancer, the prognosis was that she would be back on campus to teach for the Spring Semester.

Besides teaching Hawaiiian language, culture and music here at UH-Hilo, Haunani also taught at UH-Manoa and in the Native Hawaiian community statewide and even in California. As part of the group Kaimana she recorded Hawaiian music and was well known in the Hawaiian community.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Haunani was a mentor to me... I can't say how many times I would have quit the Hawaiian studies program had she not taken the time to share her incredible strength with me, taken the time to talk to me, taken the time to care and love...

E ha'o ana au ia 'oe e ke Kumu... He wahine kupaianaha 'oe, a e ola ana 'oe a mau loa i loko o ku'u pu'uwai. Mahalo a nui loa

Current Mood: sad
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
10:55 pm
Thoughts on fuel consumption
The other day, I saw a police car out in Hawaii Kai rigged up with a trailer hauling two brand-new ATVs (a substantial load), and I got to thinking, tons of families and small businesses around here could use a little trailer hooked up to a mid-size car to haul stuff around instead of driving a van, a (usually full-size) pick-up truck or SUV everywhere. Then when they need to go to work or just run to the store, they could just leave the trailer at home or at the shop, and they would save tons of gas. I hardly see anybody who has a small business who drives a regular passenger car - it is a very rare sight.

Families who have two or more vehicles could easily use only one, with one or more family members biking, walking, taking public transportation, or driving a moped or motorcycle to work every weekday. Even people who do maintain a car just for themselves could take alternate transportation on the weekdays, and use the car only on the weekends.

Honolulu is pretty high up on the list of healthy US cities, and not everyone is a gas-guzzling, tree-killing pig. When I walk to work at the right time of day, I do see plenty of other people walking and biking downtown. I even see some of them transporting their kids on bikes. One Chinese man has a half-grown daughter who sits sideways on the luggage rack, the one over the back tire, and balances perfectly as he speeds down the hill on the way to her school. One dude I saw a couple years ago had a fancy covered trailer rigged up on the back of his bike for his toddler, and another guy had a tandem bike for himself and his son.

But we can do SO much better! If there is enough demand, the city will do something about making the roads safer for bicycles. In a city with nearly perfect weather and relatively short distances to everywhere, we could also cut our demand for gas in half - or more - without even causing ourselves any pain. With that kind of surplus, prices of gas would be sure to go down - if everyone were to participate.
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