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Christmas, Big Island style

This is my third Christmas living in Hawai‘i, and I still feel a bit discombobulated at the contrast with the holiday celebrations of the Midwest. In Hawai‘i we often see Santa depicted in board shorts holding a long board (thank … Continue reading

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Tacky, but in a good way: Waimea Christmas Parade

There I was, the self-avowed parade-hater watching yet another parade.  But I couldn’t resist.  Stacy invited me and she’s always so busy selling houses I never get to see her.  So here was my chance to have a glorious couple … Continue reading

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Translating yoga into surfing

When I got back from Murano, the thing I most wanted to do was yoga with my nurturing teacher, Anita. It felt so good to be back, focusing on form, breathing, and the meditation that comes with Shavasana. Despite my … Continue reading

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Macadamia Academia

I love having the time to learn new things. This is the season for macadamia nuts, so I decided to explore. Before I moved to Hawai‘i, these nuts seemed so exotic – exotic, expensive and hard to find. On the … Continue reading

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Little Miss Muffet

On the Big Island we live an uneasy truce with a few scary varmints though, on the good side, we have no snakes. The latest critter to cross our path was the cane spider, so called because it used to … Continue reading

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Art History 101; Sad History 201- Honolulu Museum of Art / Iolani Palace

Today’s Honolulu visit was focused on art and history.  The Honolulu Museum of Art (HMA) is interesting even on the outside.  There’s a wonderful juxtaposition of a huge steel structure whose parts move with the wind, with organic huts made … Continue reading

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Pele’s playground

We had visitors over the holidays, long-time friends from our days living in Georgia.  Our first excursion was to the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  Expectations change everything.  When I went to the park with Dianne and Mitch in November (see … Continue reading

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