Category Archives: Hawaii’s melting pot – ethnic groups

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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Exploring Ka‘ū (Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach and Naʻālehu)

My sister asked me if I ever stayed home these days; I’ve been indulging my passion for travel, right here on the Big Island. These staycations have made me appreciate, once again, the wonder of living in Paradise. Last weekend, … 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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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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A safe cocoon – Honoka‘a

I’m finally home after being gone for nearly two months. Italy taught me much, and I loved seeing my sisters in Wisconsin, but am so glad to be back on the Big Island. After tackling the usual fallout from a … Continue reading

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Don’t miss these Big Island foods

My nieces are visiting the Big Island in December. They’re asking for advice (I love being Aunty!). Let’s start with food. I’m not a gourmet chef, but I like to eat and that makes me expert enough. Our ethnic melting … Continue reading

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A testosterone event: Hawaiian Falsetto Contest

Julia and I went to a Hawaiian Falsetto Contest this weekend that celebrated the Hawaiian tradition of men singing in that high range an octave above normal. This was part of the month-long series of festivities known as Hawaii Island … Continue reading

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