All posts tagged: Hawaii

Weekly Small Pleasures (#7)

What a lovely week it’s been and now, in the final hours, I’m grateful I vowed to break from my normal routine and get out. Beautifully woven things. I have a thing about hand-woven items and this week, I found a plethora of locally-made treasures. On the left, fine weave lauhala (pandanus) bracelets that can be found at Hana Hou and made right here in Hilo by the talented Hawaiian artisan and furniture designer, ʻIliahi Anthony. On the right, handwoven boxes found at Makuʻu Farmers Market for housing beautiful things. Cold and rainy weather. Believe it or not, it gets chilly here in Hilo. It never dips below 50-degrees in Hilo, but when it gets in the 60’s, Hilo people bust out their sweaters, scarves, and boots. This was one of those weeks. I love cold weather, especially since it feels like I’m somewhere other than Hawaiʻi. Not that I don’t love it here, it’s just that it reminds me of being in a different city, even if for a little while. Okonomiyaki and Taiko. I saw a flyer for a fundraising event …

Home (Photo 101, Day 1)

I’m very excited about taking my first Blogging U. course, Photo 101 and this is my very first entry! Today’s assignment is “home” and this is a picture of the sun rising over Kalapaki Bay, on my home island of Kauaʻi. I live on Hawaiʻi Island, home to the easternmost point of the Hawaiian archipelago, Kumukahi, where sunrises are well-documented in chant, hula, and literature.  This picture reminds of feeling at home in two places at the same time.

Weekly Small Pleasures (#6)

Dance and music have been the recurring themes for this amazing week. Back to Hula. Even though I “graduated”, my cohort was invited back to learn a new set of hula pahu (drum dances), so we have resumed twice a week practices for this month. These lessons also serve as preparation for our performances during the week of Merrie Monarch, both at the opening of the festivities and at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi. Learning and dancing again feels amazing, but I’m also grateful to be dancing next to people with whom I’ve danced for years and consider family. Here is one pahu set we performed two years ago which will be included in the  5-6  sets to be done at ʻImiloa. Enjoy and wish my knees luck these next few weeks! Solo Hiking in Volcanos National Park. I met with a lot of people this past week and being an introvert, by Friday, I was in need of huge doses of solitude and nature. After a week of miserable vog, today’s clear skies allowed me to do a solo hike. From the parking …

Family Hopes

Lately, I’ve wondered if the hopes and dreams that my ancestors may have had for me are manifesting. Is my life what they had envisioned for me? Am I living up to their expectations? Would they be proud of me if they were still alive? I see myself in this banyan tree, laden with ema plaques filled with wishes. My grandparents once pinned their hopes on me that I might live well, while my roots extend deeper into the earth. Above all else, they probably would’ve wanted me to be happy, and that, I most certainly am, thanks to them. In response to: State of Mind  

Weekly Small Pleasures (#1)

I stumbled upon the Weekly Small Pleasures blog event on fellow blogger Mani’s A New Life Wandering. Although I’m late to the party, it’s exciting to have the opportunity to reflect upon and post about things that make every week special. Mauna Kea – I took a trip to Kona yesterday to pick up replacement contact lenses from Costco, after 2 months of being forced to use glasses. On the way home, I popped in a new pair and the first thing I saw was Mauna Kea. Beautiful. ʻŌlena Tea – My friend Miles gave me a box of ʻōlena (turmeric) he harvested from his garden and I’m so excited. Nothing wrong with the processed powder, but using fresh roots are way better, so after sharing my stash, I cleaned, grated, and froze the rest. Now, I have a cup of tea every night before bed. In addition to its long standing ayurvedic benefits, the root is also used in Hawaiʻi as a tea/tonic for maintaining overall health. Kainoa’s recipe: Add boiling water to a teaspoon of grated ʻōlena in a mug. After a minute, add a slice …

Makuʻu Farmers Market

Believe it or not, I had never been to the Makuʻu Farmers Market before this morning. Maybe it’s because it only opens on Sunday or because it’s all the way out in Pāhoa, but I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting this lovely little market and I’m glad I finally did. The market is open every Sunday, from 8:00a-2:00p and gets hopping during the mid-morning, so if you want to avoid the crowds, get there by 9:00. Be sure to have $1 ready to pay for parking in the little gravel parking spaces on the premises. People are always coming and going, so you won’t have to wait very long for a space. The first thing that’s different from the Hilo Farmers’ Market is that Makuʻu is much bigger, with space to roam without bumping into people. The next is that there are a lot more food vendors at Makuʻu, so many that it can get overwhelming. Indian, Thai, Filipino, Hawaiian, Mexican, and Samoan food vendors, as well as wood fired pizza, French crepes, and smoothies. I opted for takoyaki and …