Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
We have a few of these Madagaskar day Geckos that co-habitate in our office... I looked up and this cutey was bridging over from the wall to the Orchid and licking the nectar up, must have needed a sweet treat after lunch :)
Credit to Galyn Williams for catching the shot!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Not Hawaiian Style Yoga, just a Hawaiian Kitty doing Yoga :))
I wish I was half as flexible as my kitty! I understand she has the advantage of an amazing spine but still...
Check out the crazy quilt she is on, that is a rescue from a Hongwanji in Wainaku, the Hongwanji was abandoned and seriously termite ridden and water damaged. They were getting ready to muck out the inside and tear it down when I discovered this quilt. I snapped it up on the off chance I could resurrect it and viola! It came out awesome!
We are in the middle of a quilt craze in my office, expect the next few post to focus on Hawaiian Style quilts :)
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wow! Has it been that long? I just realized how long it's been since I posted a photo here...why have I been away so long? Guess I got super busy :) Resolution for 2012, get back to what I love and post here more often...
These young ladies where participants in Hilo's Queen Liliokulani festival down at the Queens park. Every year the festival occurs on the Queens birthday. Vendors supply tasty treats and goodies amid the many hula performers, but the piece de resisitance is a helicopter dropping a HUGE load of orchid blooms over the park! Can you imagine standing in this beautiful park surrounded by lovely hula performances, listening to wonderful Hawaiian musice while the sky rains orchid blooms? Wonderful memories :)
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Aloha Braddah! Hung Kei Fat Choy! I heard this today while at the Chinese New Year festival in downtown Hilo, classic Hawaiian pidgin greeting with a traditional Chinese prosperous new year wish :)
While watching the Keiki contest I noted again and again the incredible mix of races in Hawaii, especially in the keiki. As each child came on stage the announcer would read out the racial background (can you imagine that happening anywhere else?), for example... "this is little Kylia, she is 4 years old and she is Hawaiian, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Scottish, German and Chocataw Indian." Next child, "This is Brendan, he is 5 and is Portuguese, Korean, Irish and Tahitian", now the names have been changed but most often it was 4 or more nationalities and each child was cuter than the last. So sweet and well behaved. As with all children there where plenty of antics but no real misbehaving and the audience seemed to really enjoy the character of each child.
The group that struck my heart the most was the children of old neighbor of mine, she and her husband had adopted two little girls from China about 5-6 years ago, and are raising them to continue speaking their native tongue, as well as Hawaiian, English, Spanish and American sign language. And I had a hard time teaching my kids to be understandable in one language! A few years ago they had added a little boy from China to their family group and it was amazing to see how he had grown and how much more confident he is in only one year.
This face painter had set up a booth at the festival and she was the best advertisement for her art there could be, had a line 5-6 deep and was turning out the neatest face paint on the kids. Not your traditional unicorns and rainbows at this face paint booth!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
This gorgeous Bamboo Orchid is growing wild (And thriving!) alongside the roadway in Leilani Estates (Hawaii/Big Island/Puna District). It always amazes me what we consider "wildflowers" in Hawaii :)
Friday, January 28, 2011
With my job I get out into the country alot! I mean a whole lot (Lucky me!) and I take bunches of photos for selling real estate, sometimes I luck out and a photo taken for my business will be so striking it can do double duty for my hobby :)
This Fern was growing on a vacant land lot in Nanawale Estates (Near Pahoa Village on the Big Island), the sun came through the Ohia trees just right and poof! Magic time!
Lucky I live Hawaii :)
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The other day my oldest yelled to me that we had chicks! My first thought was "I knew that we weren't finding all the eggs!" One of the hens had gotten quite good at hiding them from us :) Sure enough, there she was, proudly displaying her 4 chicks. So cute & fluffy! Look at them trying to eat the pellets, it was all I had when they arrived and we have since put them on chicky crumbles.
The next day we had 5! I chose to let my free range hen raise them herself, and due to the natural attrition rate (our cats haven't touched them and appeared to be rather frightened of the hen that doubles in size and SCREAMS at them whenever they come close), we are now down to 2. But we do have Mongoose and Hawks and I think survival of the fitest has come into play as the chicks that didn't stick close to mom are the ones missing. :(
They seem to be doing really well and are fully feathered out now, heading to a new home this week. I will miss seeing them but I think one of the other hens is already looking for a new place to hide her eggs :))
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Puna Canoe Club has announced its practice/work schedule for the upcoming 2010 season.
* Feb. 27-28: Canoe repair and maintenance.
* March 1: Conditioning program for youth groups, with boys practice from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and girls from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
* March 3: General membership meeting, 4:30 p.m. at Hilo Bayfront halau.
* March 15: Race practice starts for youth groups.
* March 20: Novice B men and Novice B women practice, 5 p.m.
* April 5: Men/women practice, 5 p.m.
For additional information, call head coach Afa Tuaolo at 965-7614 or youth coach Joe Kalima at 895-0430.
I bet that paddle fits your hand! Come meet with some of the paddlers and GET IN THE WATER!
P.S. The picture is of the winning Novice B Womens crew from 2009, the short strawberry blond is me :)
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Is this cute or what!? I have always loved this mural (painted on the lower wall of a home on Paradise Alakai in HPP), but this year the home owners really made a cute statement! Humpback whales and dolphins are commonly seen off the coast near this home, sometimes you can even hear them sing when it's real quite at night. And this year they are helping to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This little guy was hanging out in my conference room the other day, wonder if he thinks the "Big Gecko" will protect him? He really wanted to stay with him... we have lots & lots of geckos in Hawaii. On the Big Island there are two primary types, we call them Kona geckos (west side and I think they are actually Madagascar day geckos?) and Hilo geckos or Blond geckos. The Kona geckos are bright green with blue, red, etc... very colorful. The Hilo geckos are like this guy, very washed out or "Blond". But... the Hilo geckos change their coloration to suit the environment, kind of like a Chameleon but not as dramatic, they also have a geometric pattern along the spine which they can darken to stand out or lighten to be unnoticeable. They usually just get lighter or darker and can range from grey to brown in hue. They are very timid by nature and love to lay eggs behind switch plate covers. The Kona geckos are much more aggressive and have been known to EAT there Hilo brethren, blech! I found two eggs on top of my bag of chicken feed the other morning and I have them in a tea cup in my window sill so they can hatch, I will try to post pictures if I catch them in the act. :))
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
This shot is taken from a road in the Kohala Ranch subdivision, this is where the Partridges like to live, lovely view but windy and dryer than most of the Big Island (Except the Ocean View area of Kau)...thats whats great about the Big Island, 11 of the 13 recognized climate zones! Something for everyone!
Friday, October 16, 2009
The drive from Keaau to Volcano is lined with patches of White Ginger, Yellow Ginger and Kahili Ginger...the aroma is fantastic! Makes for a lovely drive...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I adore the blue necklace above but I think the Green one below is my favorite...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Isn't this just the smexiest car you have ever seen?
Or check out the snake skin interior of this one...
But this nod to the classics takes the cake!
This car show is held on the Bay front lawn in down town Hilo, right across from Hilo Bay. What a great day; tradewinds, blue sky, ocean waves, palm trees and gorgeous cars!
Monday, July 13, 2009
What a fantastic day! Antique car show, Bar-b-que cook off, the outrigger canoe regatta and the awesome 4th of July festivities on top of the normal busy Saturday schedule. Followed by an awesome Puna Potluck! Lucky I live Hawaii!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Isn't it gorgeous, Koa Canoes are incredibly beautiful and horribly expensive, we just don't have Koa trees big enough anymore...We sure enjoy this one!
This picture is from Saturday May 16th, I recently joined Puna Canoe Club and this was not only my first race but the first race of the season! It was held in beautiful Kona Bay and the Dolphins & Honu (Sea Turtles) came to watch! And some seemed to want to race with us as they came right in close, actually the whole pod was between the finish line and the judges booth for quite awhile...sooo cool!