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Weekly Small Pleasures (#8)

1. Unulau. I was honored to attend the debut of my hula brother’s new hālau, Unulau, yesterday. They performed at Kaʻauea in Volcanoes National Park, overlooking Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. It was a great day to witness the arrival of a new generation of dancers from our tradition.

2.  Redux. I dusted off my Dinosaur-SLR and started taking photos again. It’s a joy getting back behind the camera, especially since most of my photos have been taken on my iPhone. Nothing wrong with iPhoneography, but it’s comfortingly different behind a camera. I ended up visiting Uwēkahuna, a bluff overlooking Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, and snapped some beautiful shots.

3. Foodie Splurge. I have been packing home lunch for the past year and enjoy knowing how much money I save not eating out, but this past week, I bought lunch twice and it was amazing. The first was at Miyo’s, one of my all-time favorite restaurants, which I enjoyed with colleagues and ate my favorite sesame chicken. The second was lunch bought at the cafeteria on campus, consisting of sautéed veggies, fresh greens, and furikake salmon.

4. Reality Check. I’ve been in denial about blogging for awhile. Truth be told, I’ve always had aspirations to write and over the course of my life, I’ve picked up some skills that have proven invaluable during my foray into blogging, but I really have not invested my all into this work. That being said, I realized this past week that it’s time to begin pursuing this “blogging thing” more seriously. I’m excited about this epiphany and will be pursuing it carefully, but in earnest.

5. Oh Wonder. When I do homework, I usually play music videos on YouTube in the background and Oh Wonder popped up in a random playlist. The music from this British duo is so enchanting and chill, that I downloaded the album. The closest venue for an upcoming live performance is Los Angeles, so until they come to Hawaiʻi, I’ll continue to enjoy their music on my phone.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to check out other people’s weekly small pleasures and join in when you’re ready.


  1. Haha I love the photo of your cat! That’s great you found new music you like. I enjoyed the song. It’s been years since I proactively looked for new music to love. I just hear whatever is on the radio now. Have a great week!

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