July 3, 2010

  Perhaps it’s appropriate that I am posting the story of this amazing fire artist on Fourth of July weekend! The fireworks in her studio, however, definitely are more productive than those in the sky.   Carmen Wagner is a dear friend and first-class artist as a glass sculptor. Words are inadequate for her glass […]

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Queen’s Bath

May 24, 2010

  The idea of an outdoor shower is one of those notions that stays in my mind. Maybe someday I’ll finally get to put one in my own home. I’ve known people who included one in their home plans. The Hawai`ian queens, however, took that notion one step beyond my own fantasies. Can you imagine […]

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Palamanui Campus

May 23, 2010

  Yesterday’s post told about our recent graduation ceremony for our West Campus of the Hawaii Community College. When I first moved here, I was told about the land the college owned mauka (mountain side or inland) of Kona Airport, and that “someday” we would have a new campus built there. Then about two years […]

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West Hawaii Graduation

May 22, 2010

  This is the largest graduating class I’ve seen since I started teaching at the West Campus of the Hawai`i Community College. When the economy is down, and people are losing jobs, or wanting to improve their chances of being hired, the return to college is inevitable. All the classes seem to be flooded with […]

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Road Sights

May 20, 2010

  The theme for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is “looking.” So I am always on the lookout for sights along our Hawaii roads that might not be typical in other parts of the world. The sight above is fairly normal on the Big Island – driving into the vog, sulfuric air resulting from our […]

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Pearl Harbor Museum

May 15, 2010

  One of the major attractions on Oahu is the exhibit at Pearl Harbor. Today is not the day we normally remember that occasion, yet I want to show you a few of the things you’ll see at the museum there. There isn’t much more I can say about this. Anyone who was alive around […]

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Carp at Princess Kaiulani Hotel

May 11, 2010

  One of my favorite places to stay on Oahu is the Princess Kailuani. Almost all of the hotels in Hawai`i have ponds where the beautiful carp swim, with orchids hanging down over the pond. What more can I say? So simple, so serene! Sayonara!

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Banyan Trees

May 10, 2010

  Don’t you just love the old banyan trees lining Banyan Drive that circles a small peninsula extending out into Hilo Bay? The banyans there were planted as saplings by celebrities a mere 75 years ago. A plaque by each tree tells who planted it and when. The banyan is actually a fig, a member […]

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Lei Making

May 7, 2010

  Instead of always looking up, sometimes it’s fun to look down, especially when you are looking down on a group of people making ti leaf leis. May Day in Hawai`i is also known as Lei Day. Making and wearing a lei is such a soft, gentle, and loving way to honor someone. In order […]

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Lava Fields

May 6, 2010

  The theme of “Look Up” this month for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) can also simply be to “LOOK!” All over our beautiful island we can see evidence of the many lava flows over the years. The ones here in Ocean View are relatively new, ranging from late 1800s to early 1900s. Each day […]

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Earth and Ocean Fair

May 1, 2010

  Last Saturday, on April 24, I was one of many who volunteered at the Earth and Ocean Fair at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort and Kahalu`u Beach, a county park that adjoins the hotel. I even took part in the raffle fun, which consisted of getting your card stamped at specific displays. This card […]

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Big Island Resort – Waikoloa Hilton

January 30, 2010

While many of my friends and relatives are suffering under severe winter weather, I’m living here in sunshine and warm weather. I have had my share of cold, snowy and icy winters, so I’m not sorry to be living here now. This past summer I attended a conference that was held at the Hilton Waikoloa […]

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RMS Queen Mary 2

December 20, 2009

  In March, 2006, Kailua-Kona had the privilege of having the RMS Queen Mary (QM2) sail into our harbor. Fortunately, I happened to be in Kona that day getting my car serviced. I took the picture above from the back yard of the King Kamehameha Hotel in downtown Kona. As I sat on the outside […]

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