Category Archives: home

The saga of the cesspool

I’ve always lived in places with municipal sewer systems. Here on the Big Island, I have a cesspool. Hawaiʻi, one of the smallest states, has more cesspools than any other. A cesspool is a mysterious thing, dark, unknown, creepy, and until … 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

Posted in Adjusting to Hawaii, Being present, Honoka'a People's Theatre, learnng new things, Macadamia Nuts, Meditation, plants in my yard, Small town life, yoga | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

An interruption becomes an obsession – heart of palm

Recently a friend, Steve, offered to take down one of the loveliest trees in my yard, but also potentially, the most deadly: a Royal Palm, almost 50 feet tall, standing on the edge of the property. We worried every time … 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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My Hawaiian culture class is pau

It’s Monday afternoon. I feel strangely “unbusy.” My Hawaiian Culture Class, the activity that consumed me for the last 12 weeks, is pau (finished). The graduation ceremony, the ho‘ike, was such a rush. Four chants, five hulas, friends and family in … Continue reading

Posted in Chants and blessings, Hawaiian Culture Class - Lanakila Mangauil, hula, island culture, learnng new things, Personal growth, plants in my yard, Resurgence of Hawaiian Culture | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Prepping for our ho‘ike – no time to let my J droop

Julia: “Look! There’s some kukui leaves!” Me: “Nope; not unfettered.” Julia: “Oh pooh. Let your J droop a little.” Julia and I were on the hunt for kukui leaves. Because of its many uses, the kukui was named the State … Continue reading

Posted in Being present, Chants and blessings, Honoring tradition, hula, learnng new things, plants in my yard, Waipio Valley | Tagged , , | 16 Comments

Home sweet home

We’re finally home. The girls and I have been away for almost seven weeks. BG didn’t go; he hates to travel and claimed that someone had to stay home to feed the cats. His loss. He missed 12 plane trips, … Continue reading

Posted in Cats, kitties, eating in Hawaii, home, housecleaning, hurricanes, lava, roosters and hens in Hawaii | 2 Comments