Category Archives: Honoka’a

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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It’s my kuleana

Most people think of Hawaii as a paradise, and I’m among them. I count my blessings every day, as I soak up the great weather year-round, swim in the ocean twice a week, walk through Honokaʻa greeting friends and acquaintances … Continue reading

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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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Seeing my Hawaiʻi through her eyes

I sometimes take living in Paradise for granted, and it takes a guest to help me appreciate it. I recently hosted a fellow beachcombing friend, visiting Hawaiʻi for the first time. She was happy to experience the authentic Big Island … Continue reading

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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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Come dance a meditation – Ecstatic Dance in Honoka‘a, HI

Let’s dance! Ecstatic Dance. It’s “a moving meditation that develops a direct body-spirit connection,” and is not as odd as it sounds, though it does have guidelines. Guidelines for dancing? Yup. Check out the  website. The first time I heard … Continue reading

Posted in Being present, getting out of my comfort zone, Honoka'a, Honoka'a People's Theatre, learnng new things, Meditation, music in Hawaii, Personal growth, Small town life, Things to do on the Big Island | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

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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