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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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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Tacky, but in a good way: Waimea Christmas Parade

There I was, the self-avowed parade-hater watching yet another parade.  But I couldn’t resist.  Stacy invited me and she’s always so busy selling houses I never get to see her.  So here was my chance to have a glorious couple … Continue reading

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Why Hawaii?

You might be wondering, so what’s a Midwest gal doing in Hawai’i anyway?  Are you kidding?  Two years before we moved we had 100 inches of snow.  The next year we had 60 inches.  We lived on a corner lot, so we had lots of snow … Continue reading

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