Category Archives: Waimea

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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Sometimes I get homesick

Sometimes I get homesick. Not particularly now, when Wisconsin is in the depths of winter. Dealing with the cold and snow is too recent a memory. We lived on a corner lot in Racine with a lot of “snow acreage.” … Continue reading

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BA trucks

On the Big Island, you see a lot of pick-up trucks; they’re ubiquitous. While driving on the Kona side last week in the rural areas south and mauka (up-mountain) of Kailua, something struck me as odd. Then it hit me. … Continue reading

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Christmas, Big Island style

This is my third Christmas living in Hawai‘i, and I still feel a bit discombobulated at the contrast with the holiday celebrations of the Midwest. In Hawai‘i we often see Santa depicted in board shorts holding a long board (thank … Continue reading

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Responsibility for the ‘āina is personal

Council woman Margaret Wille continues her battle to restrict further GMO activity on the Big Island. She withdrew her first bill, #79, so as to bring a cleaner version to the council. On September 4, we were once again in … Continue reading

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The will of the people

We’ve had an active anti-GMO movement on the Big Island for some time. But recently, County Councilwoman Margaret Wille managed to turn sentiment into action with her Bill 79 which bans the expansion of GMO here. People from all over … Continue reading

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Graduation gratitude

Hawai‘i Preparatory School has a unique graduation ceremony that reflects the Hawaiian culture surrounding us. Much of the ceremony could happen anywhere: the faculty march in wearing their traditional cap and gown, the valedictorian and others gives speeches, the students … Continue reading

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