Category Archives: Plantation era

Kayaking the Kohala Ditch

This month, Stacy and I kayaked the Kohala Ditch with Flumin’ Kohala. It was the six year anniversary of my move to the Big Island, and as my real estate agent, she was part of getting me here. I’m amazed … Continue reading

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Remembering the recently dead with dancing at the Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

I am friends with several of the congregation at the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, mostly through the Mindfulness Meditation that they offer every Sunday afternoon. Last week I received my yearly invitation to join them in their Community Memorial Service … Continue reading

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Traditions and Family Values

One of the best things about our homegrown festivals is the opportunity to learn more about the local history. This week is Peace Week and the Honoka‘a People’s Theatre will be presenting Traditions and Family Values, a film with snippets … Continue reading

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Hāmākua Harvest – One Man’s Vision

I was introduced to Michael Gibson within six months of living here. He was speaking at a Third Thursday Thrive gathering about his vision for a community-based Farmer’s Market that would celebrate the Hāmākua Coast’s rich agricultural heritage. But this … Continue reading

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Plantation Days Festival: Celebrating our differences together

My first introduction to the importance of sugar here on the Big Island came in a sermon from Father Bob. He reminded us that 18 years before, the people all along the Hāmākua Coast were invited to step outside their homes … Continue reading

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Beginner’s beachcombing in Hawai’i (#1 of 3 essays on HI beachcombing)

At this month’s Third Thursday Thrive meeting we enjoyed a show-and-tell by one of the world’s leading beachcombing experts, Deacon Ritterbush, also known as ‘Dr. Beachcomb.’ She’s a knowledgeable, down-to-earth woman and scholar who relates what she sees on the … 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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