Category Archives: Hawaii cowboy country

Confessions of an omnivore

After writing my post last week about the Big Island cowboy culture, some people questioned my statement about mostly giving up beef. Why, they asked. Part of the answer lies in a couple of videos I saw years ago, “Forks … Continue reading

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Big Island cowboy culture

Last week I went to Waimea Community Theatre’s live performance of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew . . . set in the Wild West of the 1890’s. It was an innovative approach, and perfect for the cowboy heritage of the … Continue reading

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All in – the Honoka‘a Western Week Saloon Girl Contest

The week before the Saloon Girl Competition I found out the dang boots no longer fit. They always were a bit iffy, but after two years of intense yoga, “grounding myself” and “spreading my toes to create balance,” my feet … Continue reading

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Thrift-shopping for a Saloon Girl costume

Two years ago I promised myself that I would someday enter the Saloon Girl Contest for Honoka‘a’s Western Week. I already had the boots. Cowgirl boots are very important for this contest and I found the perfect pair at St. … Continue reading

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BA trucks

On the Big Island, you see a lot of pick-up trucks; they’re ubiquitous. While driving on the Kona side last week in the rural areas south and mauka (up-mountain) of Kailua, something struck me as odd. Then it hit me. … Continue reading

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“Da kine” and other useful words

My visitors often ask me for some useful Hawaiian words. Of course, Aloha (hello, good-bye and so much more) and Mahalo (thank you) top the list. But I always think that a brief description of the Hawaiian language might be … Continue reading

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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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Wicked Boots for Western Week

I love my little town on the Big Island. Honoka‘a (population 2000) is known for a couple of things: the Peace Parade, our Honoka‘a People’s Theatre, and Western Week. Last year I was so busy with planning and executing my … Continue reading

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Talk Story – Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a

Talk Story – you hear the expression a lot on island, especially in non-tourist areas.  It is the conversation of the locals, what we’d call ‘shooting the breeze (or bull)’ back home.  The Smithsonian defines it as “a Hawaiian expression, … 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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