HAWAI`I

Cooking Under the Stars

February 1, 2015

This past Saturday, at the King’s Shops of Waikoloa, the Culinary Arts Program of Hawaii Community College (both Hilo and West Hawaii Campuses) offered their annual “Cooking Under the Stars” to the public for spectacular tasting. A bit of drama was added at the end of the evening as the full moon burst through the […]

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Palamanui Update as of December 2014

January 11, 2015

In November of fall semester 2014, I visited our new Palamanui campus. You can look at the slideshow from that trip and read a bit of the school’s history here. Then in December, with all classes and exams complete, our faculty and staff gathered for our annual “end of fall semester” celebration with a potluck. […]

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Palamanui – Then and Now

November 15, 2014

On May 19, 2004, a group of instructors from the University Center at West Hawaii were taken on a trip to see the land where a new campus would be built. We went in a convoy of four-wheel drive vehicles. I took quite a few pictures, but two stand out in my mind. The first […]

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Iselle on the Leeward Side

August 12, 2014

I know some of my readers are interested in knowing what happened here on the Big Island when Hurricane Iselle hit this past week. Fortunately, I live on the leeward side of the island with two mountains dividing us from the windward side. Iselle’s landfall was in Ka’u District, where Ocean View, Na`alehu and Pahala […]

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Sunrise – Sunset

July 29, 2014

When I lived on Guam, I always thought the sunsets were particularly spectacular, and they were. I haven’t seen anything like them anywhere since then. I will find those slides someday and do a post on them. In the meantime, the sunsets (and sunrises) on the Big Island of Hawaii and other places are beautiful, […]

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Punalu`u Black Sand Beach

September 4, 2011

While friends were searching for turtles and swimming in the rough water, I sat at my favorite spot to watch the surf pound against the rocks. Just for fun, I shot a short video I thought my readers would enjoy watching (and hearing)! Click here to watch the YouTube – and yes, it was really […]

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Fire Dancer on Waikiki

July 14, 2011

Another attraction here is the Hawaiian Fire Dancer. I’ve known young children who were already training, showing great skill. Check out this past Monday’s post to see the Fourth of July fireworks. The fire dance performance took place at the Luau that marked the end of the conference I attended on Waikiki. At one point […]

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Fireworks on Waikiki!

July 11, 2011

One week ago we celebrated Fourth of July as a nation. I was attending a conference on Oahu, staying in a hotel on Waikiki. I had a ring-side seat to the fantastic fireworks display. Waiting for the big event, I watched the sun drop down behind the horizon, something we all seem to love – […]

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Making Kihei

May 18, 2011

In preparation for our 70th Anniversary as Hawai`i Community College, faculty and staff have been making personal kihei to wear for the celebration. A kihei is a rectangular cloak, traditionally tapa, tied in a knot over one shoulder. You will see them being worn in my next post about the 2011 graduation ceremonies. One of […]

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A Hidden Beach Wedding

May 15, 2011

One of the pleasures of teaching is my capacity as a retired United Methodist minister to officiate at the weddings of students when they ask. This past Friday, I had the honor to join two very special people in marriage. We walked about 200 yards along the water on a gravel path to a spot […]

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Expressive Arts Project

March 1, 2011

Several weeks ago, I invited an artist and colleague to lead my “Psychology and The Expressive Arts” class in an art project. She had the students work in dyads and write out three definitions of “home.” Then they were given a page of lines from a book of poetry by another professor at our school. […]

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Hawai`i Tropical Botanical Garden

July 24, 2010

Last Saturday, a small group from the Ocean View Garden Club visited the Hawai`i Tropical Botanical Garden just north of Hilo on Onomea Bay. As long as I have lived here, I was not aware this existed. It’s a wonderful place to take visitors and I definitely will go back myself! Admission is $15 per […]

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Ocean View Salon

July 10, 2010

  This post is completely out of character for my blog, but it does tell you of one of our local businesses. About two years ago, I treated myself to a pedicure for the first time ever in my life! I always thought I had ugly toes and feet (I still worry about that), but […]

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