Category Archives: Holidays and festivals

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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Tavern-hopping for tapas in Madrid

I love to travel, and on occasion, I seek out a local person to show me his world. In Madrid, that person was Luis. While reviewing Trip Advisor’s “Top Things to Do in Madrid,” I saw a recommendation for Spanish … Continue reading

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Fireworks vs meditation: setting intentions for the New Year

Did you celebrate New Year’s Eve? I don’t normally, but this year I did something that may become my norm. I went with Dianne and Mitch to the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s New Year’s celebration that included meditation, a service … Continue reading

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Meditation, fellowship and the dentist

Sunday, I attended an all-day, silent meditation retreat as part of Peace Week in Honoka‘a. I love that the Peace Committee always includes a Day of Mindfulness with Peace Week. This year Gavin Harrison, (http://gavinharrison.net/ ) Buddhist Monk, author, and … 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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The passionate Italian lives in Siena

During our first evening in Siena, we witnessed an evening parade of costumed drummers and flag-throwers. These folk represented the Bruco Contrade, one of the 17 districts in Siena that bind people to long-held traditions and good-natured but serious rivalries … 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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New Year’s actions

Last week our Women’s Circle gathered at Reverend Ana’s home for the best solstice celebration I’ve ever attended. Singing and drumming around the fire circle, we dismissed the longest night and honored the coming light with the possibilities of the … Continue reading

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