Category Archives: Hawaii plants and animals

Hāmākua Harvest’s 2nd Annual Farm Festival – see the progress

Our community is celebrating Hāmākua Harvest’s Second Annual Farm Festival this Sunday, so I sat down with Michael Gibson, founder and Development Director, to review HH’s progress since the market opened on September 6, 2015. In just 20 months, HH has manifested … Continue reading

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Seeing my Hawaiʻi through her eyes

I sometimes take living in Paradise for granted, and it takes a guest to help me appreciate it. I recently hosted a fellow beachcombing friend, visiting Hawaiʻi for the first time. She was happy to experience the authentic Big Island … Continue reading

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Sure signs it’s fall in Hawai‘i

Seasons change very subtly in Hawai‘i. But after 5 years of living here, I can see the shifts. Fall is a mix of cool rainy days, often too many in a row, and warm sunny days often with low humidity. … Continue reading

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Roasting macadamia nuts – watch them like a hawk!

Last year, my friend Rebecca gave me a garbage bag full of husked macadamia nuts in exchange for an avocado sapling. So I bought a heavy-duty nut cracker and obediently followed her directions for cracking and roasting them. “Watch them … Continue reading

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Call me Farmer Di

We love having our very own Hāmākua Harvest Farmers’ Market. It’s like a mini-festival every Sunday with live music, educational presentations (this week we could learn to make kim chi and sauerkraut), activities for keiki like their own garden, even … Continue reading

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Rafting is the wrong word – Captain Zodiac adventure

Last month Stacy treated me to a Captain Zodiac Rafting, Dolphin and Snorkel Adventure. It was a very generous ‘thank you’ for feeding her cats and bringing in her mail for a few days while she was gone. Our destination … Continue reading

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Guilty Pleasures – beach hiking in Puako and other winter fun

“What are you doing in April?” The voice on the other end of the phone was my sister in Wisconsin. “Nothing, why?” “I can’t stand it anymore. I have the weather report on my phone for all my friends. The … Continue reading

Posted in humpback whales, lava, life choices, places worth seeing on Big Island, Puako, Things to do on the Big Island, weather in Hawaii | Tagged , | 7 Comments