Category Archives: plants in my yard

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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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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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

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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

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There’s no place like home…

It sure feels good to be home. Today is Thanksgiving, and I am truly giving thanks. I started the day with lectoring for our parish’s Thanksgiving Mass, where everyone can wear their native dress. I’ve been meaning to go, but … Continue reading

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Autumn yoga abundance

Yesterday I heard my first Christmas carol at a shop decorated with trees and ornaments. They must feel they need to start early because it’s hard to get into the mood for Halloween, let alone Christmas, when the leaves don’t … Continue reading

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Puss, the produce protector

It’s great to be back in Hawai‘i. I enjoy seeing my family in Wisconsin and going to the lake, but nothing beats sitting on my own lanai enjoying nature with a screen between me and the mosquitoes. Unfortunately there’s a … Continue reading

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